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- Object: The three graces of Cox-Heath
Three ladies, wearing military coats with epaulettes, cravats, and frilled waistcoats. Their hats are looped and cockaded, with tassels hanging from them; each carries a long riding switch. The one in the centre is very stout, the other two who stand in profile looking towards her are slim. Circular tents fill the background. 4 March 1779
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Height: 253 millimetres
Width: 353 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
They are probably the duchesses of Gordon, Devonshire and Grafton, who with other wives of commanding officers were presented to the king when he visited Coxheath Camp on 3 Nov. 1778. 'London Chronicle', 3-5 Nov. 1778; see also BMSat 5601. One of many satires on the camp at Coxheath, see BMSat 5523, &c.
In a volume in the Banks Collection ('English Costume 1760-1817', fo. 24) there is an engraving with the title, "The Military Dutchess with a distant view of the Camp"; it is a tall and elegant lady wearing a quasi-military dress resembling that of the satire, except for the hat which is large and feathered as in BMSat 5601.
There is a plate, "v. 2. 78" in Darly's series, dated 5 Nov. 1778, called 'The Graces of Coxheath', depicting an ungainly officer executing a goose-step. In the collection of Mr. W. T. Spencer, New Oxford Street (1933).
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