- Museum number
- Object: Progress of the Toilet.-Dress Completed.-Plate 3.
One of a set with the same signature and imprint, see Nos. 11608, 11609. The lady, dressed for the evening, stands before the pier-glass, drawing on a long glove. She wears an apparently simple dress of sprigged muslin, high-waisted and décolletée, showing her ankles, with draped shoulder-strap. The tight curls of the wig have been loosened to simulate natural (short) hair. A miniature or pendant hangs from her neck, above the elbow is a massive bracelet. The maid stands behind her mistress holding a shawl and fan, and with a hand held up as if in admiration at the result of her long labours. The book-case is open but with a key in the lock, and contains two volumes of 'Delphine' and one of 'The Monk' [see No. 9812]. The picture on the wall is 'Evening': a lady in full toilette walks, holding a fan; below it hangs a large ornate bag or reticule. The dog stands on a chair (right), gazing at its mistress. On the floor is a book: 'Gallery of Fashion dedicated to the Beau Monde' open at a fashion-plate of two ladies walking.
26 February 1810
- Production date
Height: 280 millimetres
Width: 220 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
Heideloff's monthly 'Gallery of Fashion', 1794-1803, contained hand-coloured etchings and aquatints, charmingly drawn; women of fashion subscribed to it; Gillray travestied one of the plates in No. 8898.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 370. Wright and Evans, No. 572. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
The drawings were perhaps earlier, c. 1802.
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