A sense of humour at Holyrood Palace

A rather adventurous and potentially risky exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson examines British life at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century though the work of Thomas Rowlandson, one of the leading caricaturists of his day.  Rowlandson was working at a time where cartoons would make satirical points and jokes that journalists seems reticent to make.  His work became sought after by collectors across Europe and, rather amusingly, a number of his prints were purchased by George Prince of Wales, later Prince Regent and King George IV, who himself was often the subject of caricaturists’ jokes and had on occasion attempted to prevent the publication of images that he felt were particularly offensive or insulting to him.

Another link here with King’s College London – George IV was one of its founders and there is a famous cartoon by another caricaturist, Thomas Jones, on a duel with the Duke of Wellington on Battersea Field.

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