In which other country would you have the freedom to publish Thomas Rowlandson’s (1757-1827) scurrilous cartoons about the monarchy and members of the aristocracy?
Imagine the furore if you circulated prints showing the ruling elite in the toilet, looking stupid, caught in flagrante? And not only was Thomas Rowlandson able to publish his work but was actively encouraged by King George IV.
Another excellent exhibition but be warned – if you visit it after the Dutch Paintings in the Time of Vermeer and try to read all the fabulous remarks you will need a refreshing cup of tea in the café downstairs.
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Blog by Dr Abby J Waterman and her new book, Woman in a White Coat