Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827). "Symptoms of Sanctity."
London: S.W. Fores, January 26, 1801. 10 7/8 x 8 5/8. Etching. Original hand color. George 9781.
Trained at the Royal Academy Schools and in Paris, Thomas Rowlandson quickly earned a reputation as a caricature expert. His sharp eye, comic renderings, and delicate use of color soon established him as one of the important English artists of his period. In order to fund his expensive, convivial lifestyle, he produced numerous prints and series of prints, poking cleverly at British society and popular culture.
The oft told tale of a lecherous monk and an innocent young maiden.
Other caricatures by Thomas Rowlandson: