Thomas Rowlandson (1756 – 1827) Thomas Rowlandson was born in London. He entered London’s Royal Academy Schools in 1772, visited Paris in 1774, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1775, and won a silver medal in 1777. He left school in 1778 to set up in business. He painted some landscapes and portraits, but became famous for his comic and satirical scenes of contemporary life. He was an inverate gambler and needed his success as a graphic artist to feed his habit.