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Grotesque Hybridity in the Pedagogical Intent of Thomas Rowlandson's Comparative Anatomy

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Title: Grotesque Hybridity in the Pedagogical Intent of Thomas Rowlandson's Comparative Anatomy
Author: Scholtz, Desiree
Department: School of Fine Art and Music
Program: Art History and Visual Culture
Advisor: Smylitopoulos, Christina
Abstract: An understudied group of sketchbooks, titled Comparative Anatomy Resemblances between the Countenances of Men and Beasts (1822-1827), prepared by the British graphic satirist Thomas Rowlandson (1767-1827) feature intriguing juxtapositions and amalgams of animals, humans, and vegetables, but have nevertheless been virtually ignored in the discourses on the intersections of art, science, and satire. Through visual analysis, I argue that Rowlandson’s Comparative Anatomy is a pedagogical tool that engages with the Romantic grotesque which was being explored in art in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, and strongly employs hybridity, a device that can be found through the modes of Rowlandson’s artistic expression and within the work’s very materiality.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16944
Date: 2019-08
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