The Trashy Erotic Art of Salacious Voyeur Thomas Rowlandson
If you enjoyed previous FKIN (A)rt Friday posts featuring randy 18th and 19th century artists such as William Hogarth, Jean-Frederic Schall–often known for their political caricatures commenting on the news of the day–or our post of frisky "Colonial Porn" oil paintings by contemporary New York City painter Paula C., you'll appreciate the work of early 1900s British artist Thomas Rowlandson.
Thomas Rowlandson, pencil sketch by George Henry Harlow, 1814
From Wikipedia/The Tate:
Thomas Rowlandson (13 July 1756 – 21 April 1827) was an English artist and caricaturist of the Georgian Era, noted for his political satire and social observation. A prolific artist, he also wrote satirical verse under the pen name of Peter Pindar. Like other contemporary pre-Victorian caricaturists like James Gillray, he too depicted characters in bawdy postures and he also produced erotica which was censured by the 1840s. His caricatures included those of people in power such as the Duchess of Devonshire, William Pitt and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Presented here are a series of illustrations by Rowlandson originally sold in a bound book printed in the mid 1810s titled "Rowlandson Erotiques." All of his work is now in the public domain and available to purchase as fetching wall art for your boudoir, powder room, or in-laws guest room (clutch pearls) from places like Art.com.
You can see the orignal versions on the Victoria & Albert Museum's online collections database. The versions here have been slightly tweaked to bring the color back to a casual observer's estimation of their original brilliance. (Gave 'em a little smack on the ass to make 'em pop!)
Below in no particular order, the "Rowlandson Erotiques."
Out Posts of a Camp
Susanna and the Elders