High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Friday, 22 November 2013 to Sunday, 2 March 2014

The absurdities of fashion, the perils of love, political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject matter of Thomas Rowlandson, one of the leading caricaturists of Georgian England.

Rowlandson was working at a time when English satirical prints were prized by collectors across Europe. A number of the works in the exhibition were purchased by George, Prince of Wales, later Prince Regent and King George IV. Ironically the Prince was often the butt of caricaturists’ jokes and sometimes tried to prevent the publication of images that he felt were particularly offensive.

Through Rowlandson’s drawings and prints, the exhibition examines life at the turn of the 19th century.

Opening times

November to March
Open daily, 09:30-16:30

Admission prices

Adult £6.25
Concessions £5.70
Under 17 £3.15
Under 5 Free

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Conservation: a screen of satirical prints

A folding screen dating from 1806-7, decorated with hundreds of figures and scenes painstakingly cut from Rowlandson's satirical prints, has been conserved for this exhibition and goes on public display for ... Read more about Conservation: a screen of satirical prints