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- Object: A morning ramble, or - The Milliners Shop
Interior of a milliner's shop, the counter running across the print, behind it are three milliners, dressed in the fashion of the day with elaborately frilled muslin caps on their high-dressed hair. Two fashionably dressed men are on the near side of the counter, intent on a flirtation. One, wearing riding-dress, sits on the edge of the counter, his legs dangling, while he leans on his elbow and looks over his right shoulder towards a pretty young woman who is sewing, seated in profile to the right. The other visitor (right) lounges against the counter as he hands a "Masquerade Ticket" to a young milliner. The third milliner stands; she is sewing at one of the elaborately frilled muslin head-dresses of the day.
The print shows the arrangement of a shop at this period. The shop-window is partly visible on the left, with wares for sale suspended across it on cords. On the wall is an oval mirror in a carved frame, while on the right shelves fill a recess in the wall and support boxes, inscribed "Feathers, Love Coxcomb, Mode". An arched-top coffer, such as milliners in street scenes are depicted as carrying, stands open on the counter, a piece of lace hanging from it. On the near side of the counter is a tall circular stool for customers. In the foreground is a Pomeranian dog. 1782
- Production date
Height: 348 millimetres
Width: 248 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 64. It carried the number 478.
An impression with Andrew Edmunds in 2015 was numbered 478 and dated 25 June 1782. See also another impression, Heal,Portraits.245.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 Jan-Mar, BM, Room 90, Love and Marriage
2013-4, Nov-Mar, London, British Library, 'The Georgians'
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