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Rowlandson the Caricaturist, Vol. 1 of 2

Excerpt from Rowlandson the Caricaturist, Vol. 1 of 2: A Selection From His Works; With Anecdotal Descriptions of His Famous Caricatures and a Sketch of His Life, Times, and Contemporaries The neophyte, it is anticipated, will be somewhat startled at the first glance of the surroundings amidst which he will wander; but it is believed that, in the course of his journey through an anomalous past, he will alight on discoveries, more or less interesting in themselves, which provide abundant food for the student of humanity. The writer deprecates a hasty conclusion, with the assurance that those who have the moderation to reserve their Opinions until they have fully acquainted themselves with the materials, may possibly suffer their critical instincts to be modified in the process. We have taken the liberty of scrutinising somewhat closely - with a view to the portrayal of its salient features - a generation which was marked with a colouring more intensified than those who live in our time are prepared to adopt. Of this age, diversified with much which has been discarded, we accept Rowlandson as the fitting exponent. His works epitomise a state of being comparatively recent in actual fact, but, from the circumstances of change, so distantly removed in appearance, as to constitute a curious experience to the majority. With every qualification to ensure success, Rowlandson, as his story indi cates, deliberately threw away the serious chances of life, to settle down as the delineator of the transitory impressions of the hour. 'there is wisdom in laughter, ' says the sage and - without precisely regarding life as a stale jest' our artist drew mirth from every situation, and illustrated from his own fecund resources that, while nearly every circumstance has its grotesque as well as its sinister aspect, the ludicrous elements of any given event are often more enduring than the serious ones. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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