Thomas Rowlandson was well recognized as one of the greatest figures in late 18th and early 19th century English caricature. Rowlandson’s many comic illustrations offered humorous commentary on the political and social conventions of his day. He’s perhaps best known for his animated drawings of the mis-adventures of the infamous Dr. Syntax.
The English Dance of Death was originally published in 1815. Comprised of two volumes, it features 72 metrical compositions by William Combe, which are meant to accompany 72 illustrated plates designed by Rowlandson. This is a worthy example of artistic literature that serves to give the reader a glimpse into an older, more superstitious theme.