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- Object: The Dandy Lion an exotic
Below the title: 'lately discovered in a Stable Yard' [i.e. Lord Harrington's house, St. James's, cf. No. 5033]. Lord Petersham (left), dressed as a dandy, stands on the pavement (left) turning towards a groom in livery (right); he asks: "Jack do the Ladies Ogle, eh, ha, ha, ha, ha." The groom answers with a grin: "Oh Yes —, they stare very much, at both you, and the Horse." The question evidently relates especially to Petersham's moustache and the whisker which is extended into a short upturned beard, projecting from his high collar. He has the dandy figure of tight high waist, bulging breast, with arms hanging outwards in tight sleeves ; his full trousers are gathered at the ankle and strapped under spurred boots. He wears his peculiar hat, evidently that known as a Petersham: low flower-pot crown with upturned brim, making a peak back and front. Behind is a horse and two-wheeled gig, in front of a house adjoining a park-wall above which trees appear.
8 December 1818
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Height: 346 millimetres
Width: 247 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The moustache was worn by the Prince of Hesse-Homburg, see No. 12986, by hussar officers, shortly afterwards by other officers, and occasionally appears in prints of civilian dandies, cf. No. 13250. The dandy, of all ranks, is the chief subject of caricature in 1818. Cf. the epilogue to 'Brutus' (Drury Lane, 3 Dec):
France gave his step its trip, its tongue its phrase,
His head its peruke, and his waist its stays; . . .
Now for the compound creature—first the wig,
With every frizzle striving to look big;
On the roug'd cheek the fresh-dyed whisker spread,
The thousandth way of dressing a calf's head.
The neckcloth next, where starch and whalebone vie
To make the slave a walking pillory.
The bolster'd bosom ah! ye envying fair,
How little dream you of the stuff that's there!
What straps, ropes, steel, the aching ribs compress,
To make the Dandy—beautifully less! . . . 'Examiner', 1818, p. 773.
Cf. also T. Moore, 'The Fudge Family in Paris', 1818, p. 5. The Drury Lane pantomime (26 Dec.) was 'Harlequin and the Dandy Club; or, 1818'. Cf. No. 13031. Petersham was eccentric as well as dandy, cf. No. 11925.
Copied by Grego (with a portrait of Sir L. Skeffington) in a plate to Gronow, 'Reminiscences', 1892, i. 144.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002 Jan-Mar, Newcastle, Hatton Gall, Followers of Fashion
2002 Jun-Jul, Belfast, Ulster Mus, Followers of Fashion
2002 Aug-Sep, Nottingham, Djanogly AG, Followers of Fashion
2002/3 Dec-Feb, Brighton MAG, Followers of Fashion
2003 Apr-Jun, Braintree District Mus, Followers of Fashion
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