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- Object: The lovely Sacarissa dressing for the Pantheon
A stout, ugly, and elderly woman holds in her left hand a barber's block, with a carved head in profile, on which is an elaborate pyramidal wig with ringlets. This she is covering with powder or flour from a dredger. Her hair is short and scanty; on her head is a very large black patch, two smaller ones are on her temple. She is dressed in undergarments, showing stays, and frilled petticoat over which is worn a pocket. Her dress, the bodice of which is almost cylindrical from its stiffening whalebone, is on a stool behind her. Her back is turned to the casement window (r.) through which look two grinning old women, wearing frilled muslin caps. Over the window, and over the wall on its l., is a heavily festooned curtain. Sacarissa stands facing a low rectangular table (l.), on which are a bottle and wine-glass, a candle (?) in a triangular shade, which is falling over, having apparently been knocked by the wig, patches, a comb, a paper, &c. Behind on the wall, in deep shadow, is a picture of a dome inscribed "The Pantheon". Beneath the title is engraved, "She Blooms in the Winter of her Days, like the Glastonbury Thorn"; state republished 1773. 24 February 1772
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Height: 349 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
The design appears to be based on that of BMSat 4647, Lady Drudger going to Ranelagh, 1772.
The attribution to Dawe was suggested by Dorothy George. It is likely, but not certain.
This is a republished state, with the final digit in the year altered from a 2 to a 3. See 2010,7081.1066 for an impression of the earlier state.
- 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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