Thomas Rowlandson His Drawings and Water-Colours
Oppe, A.P.

London: The Studio, Ltd., 1923. F viii + 32 pages of text; followed by about 100 color and black and white pages, a few of the color plates being tipped-on examples of the work of Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) prolific British artist "...The illustrated books underline Rowlandson's extraordinary range. He was as much a master of the lyrical watercolour of rolling countryside as of the incisive caricature. A specialist in urban topography, though more interested in the picturesque than in exactitude, he was portraitist, social commentator, and sporting artist. Above all, he revelled in the comedy of everyday life, emphasizing the ridiculous and the ribald in his inventions, poking fun but avoiding emotion and satire. Much of the incident in his story-telling has to do with human appetites; eating, drinking, and amorous relationships-the last often involving a corpulent elderly man and a buxom young girl-are at the heart of Rowlandson's world. The pen and ink sketch, marked by brilliant draughtsmanship and acute observation of stance, movement, and character, was his forte..." (John Hayes, DNB); bound in gray paper covered boards, faux vellum spine, gilt cover and spine titles, top edge gilt; some edge, tips wear to the boards; volume clean and in very good condition, a good reference to this popular artists' often very amusing work. Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: 19738)

$65.00

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