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- Object: A dandy
An English dandy in Paris (Moore's Bob Fudge whom the artist has confused with his father, Phil) dresses for the evening, staring complacently at his reflection in the mirror of a table (right) with open side-flaps and a sunk basin, while he puts on one of several rings. The caricature is less broad than in other dandy satires; he has a small moustache (see No. 13029) and wears long tight pantaloons and pumps. An open wardrobe is against the wall surmounted by a bust of 'Adonis'; stays are on the floor, a bidet is in the foreground (left), its tap dripping on to papers: bulky bills, headed 'Stay Mak[er]'; 'P. Fudge Esqr to Staytape'; 'P. Fudge Esqr to Pump' [Maker]; 'P Fudge Esqr for Perfumery'; a packet of 'Chicken Gloves', with a torn 'Essay on Man by A. Po[pe]'. On the wall hangs a pistol labelled 'not loaded'. Two top-hats, a crescent-shaped opera-hat, and a fringed scarf hang on a rail, with shoes and top-boot suspended below. The dressing-table is covered with stoppered bottles: 'Bergamot'; 'Lav[ender Water], Circassian Bloom'; 'Creme de Rose'; 'Eau de Ninon'; with a box of 'Patches', &c. Below the design:
'A lad who goes into the world dick like me,
Should have his neck tied up, you know, there's no doubt of it;
Almost as tight as some lads who go out of it.
Whith Whiskers well oil'd, and boots that hold up
The mirror to nature;—so bright you could sup
Off the leather like china; with coat, too that draws
on the tailor, who suffers a martyr's applause!—
With head bridled up, like a four in hand leader,
And stays—devils in them.—too tight for a feeder,
I strut to the Old caff [Café] Hardy.—
vide Fudge Family in Paris' [p. 23 f.].
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Height: 353 millimetres
Width: 252 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The dandy depicted by Williams differs from that of the Cruikshanks, Heath, and Marks in the absence of the ultra-short waist and high shoulders. A companion plate to No. 13072.
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