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Thomas Rowlandson Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England by Patricia Phagan, Vic Gatrell, Amelia Rauser
  

Thomas Rowlandson Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England

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Thomas Rowlandson Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England by Patricia Phagan, Vic Gatrell, Amelia Rauser

Accompanying the first major exhibition of Thomas Rowlandson's work in North America for some 20 years, this volume reflects the growing emphasis on the social and political context of the satirical watercolours, drawings and prints of the 18th and 19th century and in doing so rescues Rowlandson from what co-author Vic Gatrell calls the immense condescension of posterity . This book explores Rowlandson's unique perspective on Georgian society, and opens up the whole subject of Georgian leisure and social life and the crossing of class boundaries. An introduction by Patricia Phagan describes Rowlandson's position within a hierarchical society. Illustrated essays by Vic Gatrell and Amelia Rauser examine Rowlandson's view of social life and leisure in London and his political satires. The main catalogue is divided into six thematic sections: high society and political campaigning; encounters on the street; gatherings in clubs and taverns; art, dance, and the theatre; outdoor diversions; and romantic trysts, tangles, and attachments. Over 70 of Rowlandson's original watercolours and drawings, as well as prints and illustrated books drawn from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College as well as from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale Center for British Art, Lewis Walpole Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Vassar College Libraries, Archives and Special Collections are presented.

Reviews

A lavish catalogue.

Vic Gatrell's introductory essay...provides a brilliant overview of 18th-century London Hugh Belsey, The Art Newspaper The catalogue includes an outstanding and stimulating essay 'Rowlandson's London
by Vic Gatrell.

This attractive catalogue is a valuable record of the


'first major exhibition of Rowlandson's work in North America for twenty years'
Luke Herrmann, The Burlington Magazine

Patricia Phagan


's glorious biographical catalogue of Rowlandson's work is the result of an enthusiastic collaboration between academics on both sides of the Atlantic.

This is an absorbing social history as well as a good-looking catalogue of works by an important artist Joceline Bury, Jane Austen's Regency World

Especially valuable for British art studies are the two essays by Vic Gatrell... and Amelia Rauser Amanda Lahikainen, Enfilade

As much a picaresque adventure as a richly illustrated book Lynn Roberts, The Tablet

Phagan's catalogue entries are informative and insightful, and the generous, crisp color images invite the sort of attentive viewing Rowlandson's prints originally would have solicited Choice -A lavish catalogue.- -Vic Gatrell's introductory essay...provides a brilliant overview of 18th-century London- Hugh Belsey, The Art Newspaper

-The catalogue includes an outstanding and stimulating essay 'Rowlandson's London'
by Vic Gatrell

.- -This attractive catalogue is a valuable record of the 'first major exhibition of Rowlandson's work in North America for twenty years'- Luke Herrmann, The Burlington Magazine

-Patricia Phagan's glorious biographical catalogue of Rowlandson's work is the result of an enthusiastic collaboration between academics on both sides of the Atlantic.- -This is an absorbing social history as well as a good-looking catalogue of works by an important artist- Joceline Bury, Jane Austen's Regency World

-Especially valuable for British art studies are the two essays by Vic Gatrell... and Amelia Rauser- Amanda Lahikainen, Enfilade

-As much a picaresque adventure as a richly illustrated book- Lynn Roberts, The Tablet

-Phagan's catalogue entries are informative and insightful, and the generous, crisp color images invite the sort of attentive viewing Rowlandson's prints originally would have solicited- Choice A lavish catalogue. Vic Gatrell s introductory essayprovides a brilliant overview of 18th-century London Hugh Belsey, The Art Newspaper

The catalogue includes an outstanding and stimulating essay Rowlandson s London by Vic Gatrell. This attractive catalogue is a valuable record of the first major exhibition of Rowlandson s work in North America for twenty years Luke Herrmann, The Burlington Magazine

Patricia Phagan s glorious biographical catalogue of Rowlandson s work is the result of an enthusiastic collaboration between academics on both sides of the Atlantic. This is an absorbing social history as well as a good-looking catalogue of works by an important artist Joceline Bury, Jane Austen s Regency World

Especially valuable for British art studies are the two essays by Vic Gatrell and Amelia Rauser Amanda Lahikainen, Enfilade

As much a picaresque adventure as a richly illustrated book Lynn Roberts, The Tablet

Phagan s catalogue entries are informative and insightful, and the generous, crisp color images invite the sort of attentive viewing Rowlandson s prints originally would have solicited Choice


About the Author

Patricia Phagan is Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and the co-author of 'The American Scene and the South: Paintings and Works on Paper, 1930-1946' (1996) and 'Images of Women in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art: Domesticity and the Representation of the Peasant' (1996). Vic Gatrell is Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and the author of 'City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London' (2006) and 'The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1770-1868' (1994). Amelia Rauser is Associate Professor of Art History at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and author of 'Caricature Unmasked: Irony, Authenticity and Individualism in Eighteenth-Century English Prints' (2008).

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Publication date

1st December 2010

Author

Patricia Phagan, Vic Gatrell, Amelia Rauser

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Publisher

D Giles Ltd

Format

Hardback
184 pages

Categories

History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800
Individual artists, art monographs
Drawing & drawings

ISBN

9781904832782

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