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- Object: A monstrous elegant attitude!
A thin tall actor walks (right to left) mincingly on the tips of his toes, his arms folded behind his back, with 'chapeau bras', and holding in his right hand a rolled document. He smiles, his head turned to the spectator, his hair or wig projects in curls at the side. He is fashionably dressed, wearing a cut-away coat with high collar and shirt frill. Below the title is engraved:
"Ha! Ha! Ha! - He! He! Damme!
Cock a doodle do------" 1 March 1790
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Height: 167 millimetres
Width: 113 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
From the 'Attic Miscellany', i. 203.
He is identified as Lewis (Gentleman Lewis), said to be 'the most complete fop on the stage', and called by Hazlitt 'gay, fluttering, hare-brained Lewis ...'. In the text he is criticized as playing for the gallery, his men of quality having the airs of footmen.
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