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Rowlandson, Thomas

Born: 1756 AD
Died: 1827 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Caricaturist

1756 – Born on July 14th in Old Jewry, London, England. English painter and caricaturist who illustrated the life of 18th-century England and created comic images of familiar social types of his day, such as the antiquarian, the old maid, the blowsy barmaid, and the Grub Street hack.

1772 – The son of a tradesman, Rowlandson became a student in the Royal Academy. At age 16 he went to study in Paris. After establishing a studio as a portrait painter, he began to draw caricatures to supplement his income, and this soon became his major interest.

1809-1811 – His series of drawings “The Schoolmaster’s Tour,” accompanied by verses of William Combe, was published in the new Poetical Magazine launched by the art publisher Rudolph Ackermann, who was Rowlandson’s chief employer.

1812-1820 – The same collaboration of designer, author, and publisher resulted in the popular Dr. Syntax series—Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque, The Second Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of Consolation, and The Third Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of a Wife.

         – They also produced The English Dance of Death and The Dance of Life. Rowlandson illustrated editions of novels by Tobias Smollett, Oliver Goldsmith, and Laurence Sterne.

1827 – Died on April 22nd in London.