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Thomas Rowlandson

Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) was an English artist and caricaturist of the Georgian Era, noted for his political satire and social observation. A prolific artist and printmaker, Rowlandson produced a wide variety of illustrations for novels, joke books, and topographical works. Like other contemporary pre-Victorian caricaturists like James Gillray, he depicted characters in bawdy postures whilst also producing erotica which was censured by the 1840s. His caricatures included figures from High Society and those in power such as the Duchess of Devonshire, William Pitt, the Prince Regent (later George IV) and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Popular works include: The Microcosm of London, 1808-1810; The English Dance of Death, 1814; Naples and the Campagna Felice, 1815; Characteristic Sketches of the Lower Orders, 1820; and various Dr. Syntax titles.

 

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  1. 4 volumes, octavo. Uncut in original boards, printed paper labels to spines as issued. Housed in a custom pull-off case with simulated morocco book spines and matching cloth chemise.

    £2,500
  2. First Edition. 4 volumes, 8vo, 4 engraved titles, 52 aquatint plates (all but 2 hand-coloured), including the 28 for the Schoolmaster's Tour and others by Rowlandson, some trimmed close to actual image, overall internally very good, marbled endpapers; late nineteenth century crimson straight-grain morocco, double- fillet roll borders to covers, spines gilt compartments with gilt rules and gilt-titled red morocco onlays, gilt edges; light wear to joints, presented in modern cloth drop-back box. An excellent set.

    £2,000
  3. First Edition. 4 volumes, 8vo, 4 stipple-engraved vignette titles, 52 aquatint plates (all but 2 hand-coloured), including the 28 for the Schoolmaster's Tour and others after Rowlandson, some trimmed close with minor occasional loss to imprint, overall internally very good, bookplate to front pastedown, late 19th century blue half morocco by Root & Son, gilt spine compartments within gilt-tooled raised bands, gilt edges, spines lightly dulled, some minor rubbing to joints and corner-tips.

    £800
  4. Hand-coloured aquatint engravings, some slight fading to sky, otherwise in good condition, framed, titles on verso.

    £3,000
 

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