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Buckles and buttons. I am the thing dem-me

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  • Title (object)

    • Buckles and buttons. I am the thing dem-me
  • Description

    A man, wearing a large nosegay and holding in his left hand a thin tasselled cane, dressed to show the prevailing fashion for large metal buttons, and large shoe buckles. The brim of his round hat is looped up at both sides by bands held by a large button on the crown; the buttons on his coat are enormous. His waistcoat has also a double row of small buttons. His rectangular shoe-buckles curve across the instep, almost reaching the sole of the shoe. 7 February 1777
    Engraving with hand-colouring


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  • Date

    • 1777
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 349 millimetres
    • Width: 246 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title below, and the publication line "Pub'd by M.Darly Feb 7 1777"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    A cutting from the 'Morning Post', 14 Jan. 1777, is pasted on the print: "The macaronies of a certain class are under peculiar circumstances of distress, occasioned by the fashion now so prevalent, of wearing enormous shoe-buckles, and we are well assured, that the manufactory of plated ware was never known to be in so flourishing a condition."
    These buckles were called Artois buckles, it was the fashion to wear them of silver, and of a weight of from three to eleven ounces. 'Morning Post', 26 May, 1777. See also BMSat 5437, 5443, 5446, 5452, 5454, 5462. Reproduced, Paston, Pl. xxv.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5432 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2002 Jan-Mar, Newcastle, Hatton Gall, Followers of Fashion
    2002 Jun-Jul, Belfast, Ulster Mus, Followers of Fashion
    2002 Aug-Sep, Nottingham, Djanogly AG, Followers of Fashion
    2002/3 Dec-Feb, Brighton MAG, Followers of Fashion
    2003 Apr-Jun, Braintree District Mus, Followers of Fashion

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    Prints & Drawings

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Satire on fashion, with a man dressed in a morning coat with enormous bottons: for a full account see BMSat.  7 February 1777  Engraving with hand-colouring

Satire on fashion, with a man dressed in a morning coat with enormous bottons: for a full account see BMSat. 7 February 1777 Engraving with hand-colouring

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