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- Object: Parisian Ladies in their winter dress for 1800
A group of women standing close together display their persons, which are decorated rather than veiled by transparent figured draperies; one is in back view. Curls dangle over their eyes and on their necks, issuing from beneath close-fitting caps crowned with erect bunches of realistic flowers; one wears a broader cap, and two wear chin-straps. The breasts are generally uncovered. To each lady's wrist is attached by a long ribbon a pouch inscribed 'Ridicule'. Above the ankle is a band of ribbon or fringe tied with a large bow, probably marking the limit of the (invisible) maillot. A patterned carpet covers the floor. Across the upper part of the design is etched 'Full Dress'. 24 November 1799
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Height: 360 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The attribution of the figures to John Cawse and the lettering to F Sansom was made by Andrew Norton (correspondence, 19 February 2008).
(Description and further comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
The high season for 'nudités gazées' appears to have been 1797-8. E. et J. de Goncourt, 'Hist. de la Société française pendant le Directoire', 1855, pp. 420-3. Developments, since 1793, of the dress which defined the figure instead of concealing it, can be traced in these caricatures. See BMSats 8896, &c, and BMSats 9454, 9458, 9582.
Reproduced, Fuchs, 'Die Frau in der Karikatur', 1906, after p. 296.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016-2017 30 Nov-23 Apr, Paris, Musees des Arts Decoratifs, Proper Dress Required: A History of Clothes that have Scandalised
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