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Dandies dressing

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  • Title (object)

    • Dandies dressing
  • Description

    Six dandies dress in a respectably furnished dressing-room (or bedroom); all are very thin and have grotesquely high collars reaching to or above the ears. One holds a hand-glass to brush up his hair from the back of his neck; he has a small but projecting moustache (see No. 13029), while a hair-dresser, also dandified, tugs at the laces of his stays. His drawers are stuffed to form posteriors, one false calf is attached to a bare leg; similar artificial aids give a bulge to his thighs; bulging pads encircle the arms to produce the high-shouldered effect, cuffs are attached to his wrists. A completely dressed dandy stands near him, taking snuff with a gloved hand; he says: "Pon honor, Tom you are a charming figure! You'll captivate the Girls to a nicety!!" His friend: "Do you think so Charles?—I shall look more the thing when I get my other calf on." A third dandy sits on a chair, his head forced back by his collar and cravat, trying to insert emaciated legs into voluminous trousers; he says: "D—n it I really believe I must take off my Cravat or I shall never get my trowsers on." At a dressing-table a dandy winds his cravat over his collar, another standing behind him on a chair to see into the glass, is doing the same; he says: "Dear me this is hardly stiff enough I wish I had another sheet of foolscap." The other says: "You'll find some to spare in my breeches (artificially puffed out)." Toilet accessories and clothes are scattered about, including a false calf, boots, boot-jack, &c., two bell-shaped top-hats, an umbrella (see No. 13060), a pot of 'pain[t]', a wig-block with brushed-up wig.
    Plate numbered 319.
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1818
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 233 millimetres (printed image)
    • Width: 320 millimetres (printed image)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Numbered "319" at top right above border, and lettered with title, artist's name, text within image and publication line: "Pud. Novr. 2d. 1818 by T. Tegg 111 Cheapside / I R Cruikshank fect & Geo: Cruikshank".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)

    (Supplementary information)
    '& Geo: Cruikshank' added in pen.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 13062 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1992 Jun-Nov, Essen, Villa Hugel, 'London 1800-1838'

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1818  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1818 Hand-coloured etching

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