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- Object: The Duchess blush or York flame.
Above is a ribbon, the central part of which is stiffened by a spring, described as 'Vanbuchel's Spring Garter'. Below are 'Two Views of the exact Size of the Duchess's Shoe': A low-heeled shoe with a pointed toe, decorated with jewels, and a tracing of the sole of the same shoe, which is 5 1/2 in. long. 6 December 1791
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Height: 160 millimetres
Width: 212 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
For the small foot of the Duchess of York see BMSats 7921, 7933, 8055, 8056, 8058. Martin van Butchell (1735-c.1812) was an eccentric and empiric, who after successfully practising as a dentist became a maker of trusses, &c. Handbills recommending his goods (1788 and 1791) are in B.M.L. 806. k. 15/139-41. The 'spring garter' (30s. a pair) was regarded as the embodiment of alluring coquetry and fashion. Cf. 'The Mirror', 1 Jan. 1780; see also BMSats 7974, 8001.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2019-2020 6 Nov-23 Feb, Paris, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Shoes and Walking
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