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Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England
Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

January 14th, 2011 - March 13th, 2011
Comedy in the Country, Tragedy in London, Thomas RowlandsonThomas Rowlandson,
Comedy in the Country, Tragedy in London,
1807, etching with watercolor
© Courtesy of Block Museum of Art
Tu, Sa, & Su 10 am–5 pm We, Th, & Fri 10 am–8 pm
prints, watercolors, illustrated books drawing

Artist Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827) depicted high society and politics, encounters on the street, camaraderie in clubs and taverns, outdoor entertainments, musings about art, drama, and dance, and romantic and sexual tangles. In other words, the social life of Georgian England.

One of the most popular caricaturists of his time, Rowlandson's work was noted for lighthearted, deft humor and the unmatched flowing line of his drawing.

Organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England presents more than 70 of the artist's prints, drawings, watercolors, and illustrated books. The exhibition is curated by Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

The first major exhibition of Rowlandson's work in the United States in 20 years, the it will be accompanied by a full-color 184-page catalogue.

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