ROWLANDSON, Thomas (1757–1827). Annals of Sporting, by Caleb Quizem, Esq.r and his Various Correspondents. London: Thomas Tegg, 1809.
12mo., (6 x 4 inches). Fine folding etched frontispiece, vignette title-page and 27 full-page etched plates all with original hand-colour in full. Full scarlet morocco, gilt by Riviere and Son, top edges gilt.
The name of Rowlandson is "synonymous with the popular vision of late Georgian Britain" (John Hayes for DNB).
Rowlandson's illustrated books underline his "extraordinary range. He was as much a master of the lyrical watercolour of rolling countryside as of the incisive caricature. A specialist in urban topography, though more interested in the picturesque than in exactitude, he was portraitist, social commentator, and sporting artist. Above all, he revelled in the comedy of everyday life, emphasizing the ridiculous and the ribald in his inventions, poking fun but avoiding emotion and satire. Much of the incident in his story-telling has to do with human appetites; eating, drinking, and amorous relationships—the last often involving a corpulent elderly man and a buxom young girl—are at the heart of Rowlandson's world. The pen and ink sketch, marked by brilliant draughtsmanship and acute observation of stance, movement, and character, was his forte" (John Hayes for DNB).