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- Object: Dandies dressing
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.
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Height: 233 millimetres (printed image)
Width: 320 millimetres (printed image)
- Curator's comments
- (Description from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
'& Geo: Cruikshank' added in pen.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1992 Jun-Nov, Essen, Villa Hugel, 'London 1800-1838'
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