Portly squires and young dandies jane austenesque heroines and their chaperones dashing young officers and corrupt politicians just some of the subjects of the keenly observant satires by english caricaturist thomas rowlandson 1757 1827. Thomas rowlandson was so prolific they could have papered the walls of china with his work so ran one obituary when he died in 1827 in the same spot where he had lived for the whole of his 70 . The absurdities of fashion the perils of love political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject matter of thomas rowlandson one of the leading caricaturists of georgian england. High spirits the comic art of thomas rowlandson is at the queens gallery buckingham palace 13 november 2015 14 february 2016 it will be shown alongside masters of the everyday dutch artists in the age of vermeer. High spirits brings together more than one hundred caricatures by rowlandson with subjects spanning the entire range of english society including numerous satires of politics and well known political figures
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