[Distributed Books]: High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson by Kate Heard


Praise for Thomas Rowlandson
“America’s baby boomers savored the joyously irreverent cartoons of Mad Magazine and the leeringly carnal comix of R. Crumb. Gilded Age New Yorkers either cheered or fumed at the political savagery in the drawings of Thomas Nast. And Georgian-era Londoners got early versions of all three in the rude, lewd, devilishly funny prints of Thomas Rowlandson.”–New York Times



The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

by Kate Heard 

Published by the Royal Collection Trust
Distributed by the University of Chicago Press

Publication date: February 1, 2014 256 pages • 150 color plates • 11 x 10 ½
  ISBN-13: 978-1-905686-76-6 • Paper $29.95


Portly squires and rake-thin curates. Jane Austen heroines and their gruesome chaperones. Dashing young officers and corrupt old politicians. The keenly observant caricatures by English cartoonist Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827) make clear his sharp eye for current affairs as well as for his appreciation of the humor in everyday life.

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. Full-color illustrations are accompanied by details drawn from new archival research on both the cartoons and their royal collectors, from George IV to Victoria and Albert.

Kate Heard is curator of prints and drawings in the Royal Collection Trust and deputy editor of the Journal of the History of Collections. She is available for interviews.


Please contact Melinda Kennedy at 773-702-2945 or mkennedy1@press.uchicago.edu for more information.



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