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A . change . in the petticoats or the years 1780 & 1817

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1867,0713.421

  • Title (object)

    • A . change . in the petticoats or the years 1780 & 1817
  • Description

    A lady wearing an enormous hooped petticoat, long pointed stomacher, a calash hood (see No. 5434, &c.) over a large plain cap, stands with a small nosegay in her left hand, and with a closed fan held to her cheek. She looks down at a young woman (right), who bends forward in profile to the left, with the stoop of 1817, see No. 12939. The modern woman wears a flaunting bonnet with a cylindrical crown, a scoop turned up from the face, trimmed with flowers and many feathers. She has bare breasts and shoulders, a very high waist, and projecting skirt (above the knee), and large bishop sleeves; her arms hang downwards in the fashionable pose; in her right hand is a large reticule. Her flat slippers are bound to the ankles and legs with ribbons, en cothurne. Below the upper margin:
    'The London Modest Ladies once hoop petticoats wou'd Wear
    But now forsooth they are not Dress'd unless their B-s Bare'
    Plate numbered 187.
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1817
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 250 millimetres
    • Width: 354 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Numbered at top right; lettered with title and text within image
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    The old-fashioned dress has a slightly Elizabethan character, with a vague resemblance to that of the mid-eighteenth century. For similar contrasts cf. Nos. 4820 (1772), 7113 (1786), 8904 (1796).
    A copy, Wright, 'Caricature History of the Georges'.

    (Supplementary information)
    Dated by M. D. George, 1817.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 12940 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1867

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1867,0713.421

A lady wearing an enormous hooped petticoat, long pointed stomacher, a calash hood (see No. 5434, &c.) over a large plain cap, stands with a small nosegay in her left hand, and with a closed fan held to her cheek. She looks down at a young woman (right), who bends forward in profile to the left, with the stoop of 1817, see No. 12939. The modern woman wears a flaunting bonnet with a cylindrical crown, a scoop turned up from the face, trimmed with flowers and many feathers. She has bare breasts and shoulders, a very high waist, and projecting skirt (above the knee), and large bishop sleeves; her arms hang downwards in the fashionable pose; in her right hand is a large reticule. Her flat slippers are bound to the ankles and legs with ribbons, en cothurne. Below the upper margin:  'The London Modest Ladies once hoop petticoats wou'd Wear  But now forsooth they are not Dress'd unless their B-s Bare'  Plate numbered 187.  Hand-coloured etching

Recto

A lady wearing an enormous hooped petticoat, long pointed stomacher, a calash hood (see No. 5434, &c.) over a large plain cap, stands with a small nosegay in her left hand, and with a closed fan held to her cheek. She looks down at a young woman (right), who bends forward in profile to the left, with the stoop of 1817, see No. 12939. The modern woman wears a flaunting bonnet with a cylindrical crown, a scoop turned up from the face, trimmed with flowers and many feathers. She has bare breasts and shoulders, a very high waist, and projecting skirt (above the knee), and large bishop sleeves; her arms hang downwards in the fashionable pose; in her right hand is a large reticule. Her flat slippers are bound to the ankles and legs with ribbons, en cothurne. Below the upper margin: 'The London Modest Ladies once hoop petticoats wou'd Wear But now forsooth they are not Dress'd unless their B-s Bare' Plate numbered 187. Hand-coloured etching

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