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- Object: Ridiculous taste or the ladies absurdity
Satire on fashion: a French hairdresser mounts a ladder to arrange with tongs the curls of a lady with an enormous coiffure, while another man with a long queue, evidently her husband, holds a sextant to measure the height. 15 July 1771
Engraving with hand-colouring
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Height: 352 millimetres
Width: 249 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print is evidently designed by Darly himself, as well as published by him.
(Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
This plate, inscribed "Darly invt", was issued with Darly's publication line on 25 Mar. 1768 (in the collection of Mr. W. T. Spencer, New Oxford Street, 1932), and included in a volume dated 1 Jan. 1776, see BMSat 5369.
A French copy, with both French ('Coiffure du grand gout pour la presente Année') and English titles, attributed to the year 1780, is reproduced in Fuchs und Kraemer, 'Karikatur der Europaïschen Volker', 1901, p. 116.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002/3 Oct-Jan, London, Tate Britain, Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788
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