A hidden treasure of drawings and prints by British cartoonist Thomas Rowlandson will be donated by…


Thomas Rowlandson, Misères of Travelling, Watercolor and ink on paper (Estimate: $10,000/15,000)
Lark Mason Associates

Lark Mason Associates will provide the Works by Thomas Rowlandson from an American collector on iGavelAuctions.com from February 24 to March 15. Finished 500 sets of drawings, prints and books by Thomas Rowlandson, who ushered in the golden age of British caricature and satirical art at the turn of the 19th century.

Rowlandson produced sardonic ink and watercolor illustrations that skewered powerful political figures such as the Duchess of Devonshire, William Pitt the Younger and Napoleon Bonaparte and depicted contemporary events in a ruggedly bawdy humorous style. Rowlandson’s drawings of life in Georgian England exposed human frailties and vanity with sympathy and exuberant humor and he successfully sold these prints and watercolors to wealthy collectors. However, for much of his life he was an avid gambler and had to produce a flood of his comedic draws to avoid financial loss.

Among the highlights are True Love, older man with a younger womanWatercolor and ink on paper (Estimate: $10,000/15,000); The miseries of travelWatercolor and ink on paper (Estimate: $10,000/15,000); Thieves surrounding mother and childPen and Paper, and two related etchings (Estimate: $4,000/6,000); Cartoon Magazine, hand-colored etchings bound in original brown printed cover (estimate: $1,500/2,500); and Six hand-colored etchings in the Miseries series (Estimate: $300/500).

“We are delighted to offer this newly discovered cache of satirical drawings and prints by renowned cartoonist Thomas Rowlandson,” says Lark Mason. “Underlining the adage ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’, Rowlandson’s designs reflect many of the same issues we face today – whether it’s sitting through a long dinner boring, to observe an older man with a younger woman, or to deal with overloaded public transport.

Prints and drawings will be on display at Lark Mason Associates, 229 East 127th Street, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.igavelauctions.com.

Thomas Rowlandson, Miseries of Social Life, Hand-colored etching (Estimate: $300/500)
Lark Mason Associates

About Lark Mason Associates

With offices in New Braunfels, Texas and New York, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as as an expert at Sotheby’s New York.

Mason was General Appraiser from 1979 to 1985, and Senior Vice President and Chinese Art Specialist in the Chinese Art Department of Sotheby’s from 1985 to 2003. From 2000 to 2003, he was concurrently Director of Sales to online auctions for Sothebys.com. He was also a consultant curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003 to 2009. He is a generalist of American and European works of art and paintings, as well as an expert in the field of Chinese art and has appreciated and advised many private collectors and institutions.

Lark Mason Associates regularly holds auctions on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other artworks and holds the record for the highest price achieved for any artwork in an online sale, for a painting sold in May 2014 that made nearly $4.2 million. Mason, owner and CEO of iGavel Auctions, is known for his regular appearances on “The Antiques Road Show.” For more information visit: www.larkmasonassociates on www.iGavelAuctions.com.


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