ROWLANDSON AND HIS TIME

The Chris Beetles Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of work by Thomas Rowlandson (1756/57-1827), one of the finest draughtsmen of the eighteenth century.

Rowlandson raised comic art to a new level by representing the panorama of contemporary life with almost unparalleled fluency adopting lyricism or incisiveness as best befitted the subject. And, capturing an abundance of picturesque detail, his work provided a parallel to the novels of Henry Fielding and Laurence Sterne.

However, Rowlandson could turn his hand to almost any genre, making portraits of friends, recording British and Continental landscapes during extensive travels, and finding inspiration in the work of Old Masters.

With over 50 examples of the finest quality and condition, the exhibition will represent the full range of Rowlandson's achievement, from caricatures and episodes of bawdy to scenes of elegant society and classical pastorals.

Furthermore, the exhibition will place Rowlandson in the context of his contemporaries, by including work by a number of caricaturists, draughtsmen and watercolourists: Samuel Howitt, Edward Henry Corbould, John White Abbott, John Nixon, Isaac Cruikshank, John Masey Wright and Henry Thomas Alken, among others.

Leading the field as a dealer of British works on paper, Chris Beetles Gallery confirmed its expertise in Early English watercolours in 2008, with the major exhibition, Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive: British Watercolours & Drawings 1750-1850'.

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