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A bundle of straw.

  • Object type

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  • Title (object)

    • A bundle of straw.
  • Description

    A stout and flamboyant womans walks to the left, looking to the right, her dress bristling with trimmings and ornaments of straw. Her straw hat is trimmed with flowers and feathers made of straw, a sheaf of corn forms its crown. Her girdle, chatelaine, hair-tie, &c. are of plaited straw; a large sheaf of straw flowers projects from her bosom, similar flowers ornament her shoes. Her dress is sprinkled with ears of corn, and she wears a ring and large earring of straw. Beneath the title: '"My Spouse is Remarkable Tastey in his Dress, & he likes to see me So.' 12 July 1795
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1795
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 352 millimetres
    • Width: 251 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'O'Keeffe Invt et Sculp' and 'July 12 Pubd: by S: W: Fores N° 50 Piccadilly 1795'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    From the last few years of the eighteenth century there was a great increase in the English straw-plait industry owing to the war, which cut off the foreign supply. It was fostered by charitable ladies; cf. BMSats 8754, 8757. A copy in BMSat 8765.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8756 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1795 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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