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- Object: A . change . in the petticoats or the years 1780 & 1817
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.
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Height: 250 millimetres
Width: 354 millimetres
- 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'.
Dated by M. D. George, 1817.
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