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- Object: A Dandy put to his last Chemisette or prepairing for a Bond Street lounge
Scene in a ramshackle garret. A dandy in a late stage of decay crouches over the fire (where an iron is heating) on a small stool, holding out his shirt, befrilled and collared, but sleeveless. He wears tightly laced stays over bare flesh, which is ravaged by insects or skin-disease, with ragged drawers and socks. Other ragged garments hang from a string across the fireplace, others project from a crock (right) where they are being washed. Boots, blacking, &c., are on the floor. Coat, hat, trousers, and eyeglass lie on a makeshift bed; an overcoat hangs on a coat-hanger. His hair is brushed upwards from the neck with one lock arranged over the forehead. His whiskers are on a stand on the table, with broken combs, tooth-brush, &c. On the wall hang his umbrella, a pair of bootsoles, and a red herring. On the chimney-piece, with medicine-bottle, tea-pot, &c., is a ballad headed by a gibbet with corpses. On a box which forms a head to the bed are band-box, cane, cracked mirror, &c.
26 October 1818
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Height: 230 millimetres
Width: 327 millimetres (trimmed)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
Title and accessories recall Gillray's 'The Whore's last Shift', No. 5604, and 'The Last Shift', No. 8234. Cf. No. 13060, &c.
Cohn, No. 1044.
The Truman impression is autographed 'G. C.' Cohn. The manner is that of I. R. C.
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