1 of 4 portraits of Thomas Rowlandson
by George Henry Harlow
pencil heightened with red chalk, 1814
9 1/4 in. x 7 3/4 in. (235 mm x 197 mm)
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- Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), Satirical draughtsman. Sitter associated with 4 portraits, Artist associated with 26 portraits.
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- George Henry Harlow (1787-1819), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 80 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 portraits.
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Thomas Rowlandson was one of the most accomplished and prolific of English professional draughtsmen. He portrayed the life and manners of his time in line drawings (usually with coloured washes) of the greatest verve and stylishness. In much of his best work satiric wit and caricature are tempered by sentiment, or a gentle eroticism, but his public also had an appetite for the sensational and grotesque which he amply satisfied. Here the artist is pictured with a drawing from one of his most acclaimed works, Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque, which was produced in collaboration with William Combe in 1812.
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Events of 1814back to top
Current affairsPrincess Caroline leaves England for a lengthy series of travels in Europe and the Middle East. Scandalous gossip promptly surrounds her relationship with her Italian valet, Count Bartholomew Bergami.
George, Prince Regent, hosts a visit of the victorious allies to England with spectacular celebrations and fireworks at Carlton House.
Art and scienceJohn Soane completes the construction of Dulwich Picture Gallery.
First steam printing machine in the world is used to publish The Times.
New Royal Mint opens at Tower Hill with improved precision machinery.
Grand Western Canal completed from Loudwell to Tiverton.
InternationalParis falls under allied attack; Napoleon sent into exile on Elba.
Force of British veterans lands at Chesapeake Bay, defeats Americans at Bladensburg and burns parts of Washington DC.
Peace treaty signed with Americans in Ghent. General Pakenham is killed leading attack on New Orleans before news of the peace reaches America.