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Snip's warehouse for ready made cloaths - great variety of fancy waistcoats

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    • Snip's warehouse for ready made cloaths - great variety of fancy waistcoats
  • Description

    A tailor stands behind his customer (left) adjusting the collar and sleeves of a grotesquely ill-fitting coat which is buttoned across tne stomach and reaches to the ankles. The high collar pushes the man's pigtail queue above his head, but he looks with satisfaction in a mirror which reflects the upper half of his person. The tailor's wife (right), a tall stout woman, is pulling up the breeches of this customer's son; they are of the long close-fitting pattern then fashionable, tied with strings above the ankle. All four are caricatured, and all smile or grin with satisfaction. The tailor is fashionably dressed. Beneath the design is engraved: "Does it come up high in the Collar Mr ----- O! yes Sir - it sits to a charm - 'tis ease & Elegance itself - can your Honor button it - Yes Mr ------ but dont You think it too full - not at all Your Honor, You woud'nt wish to be pinched to be sure------ (Mrs Snip) And Sir I hope the Young Gentleman's Breeches will be quite to his satisfaction Sir, do ye see, tho to be sure they comes on a little stiffish or so at first - but You know Sir every thing gets easier in time as a body may say - I desires him to thrust himself well in - and I am sure they'll do."
    On the back wall are shelves on which are garments, a roll of stiffening, &c. For the fashions here ridiculed see BMSat 8040, &c. Cf. BMSat 6723 L. and W., No. 73. 10 December 1791


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    • 1791
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 198 millimetres
    • Width: 247 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered with title, text below image and publication line: "Publish'd Decr 10th 1791. by Robt Sayer & C°. Fleet Street London."
  • Bibliography

    • Laurie & Whittle Quarto Drolls 1795 73 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 8036 bibliographic details
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    Not on display (British Post-binder)

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