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- Object: The New Fashioned Phaeton. Sic itur ad astra.
A phaeton and pair stands outside a town house. The body of the carriage, which is carved and decorated, has been raised above the wheels on an expanding trellis-work so that it is on the level of the first-floor windows. A gentleman who holds the reins in his left hand leans forward to assist into the carriage a lady who is stepping through the window and over the low iron railing of the balcony. He wears a small hat, a looped macaroni club, laced coat, and top-boots. She is elaborately dressed in the height of the fashion with a vast pyramid of hair decorated with enormous ostrich feathers. On the ground below a man and woman (left) stand gazing up at them; the woman holds a child in her arms, an older boy stands beside her, pointing up and waving his hat. In the doorway of the house (right) a man and woman stand, looking up open-mouthed, the woman holding up a hand in astonishment.
The house has large sash-windows, those on the first floor have oval balconies with wrought-iron balustrades. The façade is ornamented by vertical strips of carving in low relief between the windows. 22 February 1776
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Height: 350 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)
For phaetons see BMSat 5375, 5761, and for other satires on hair-dressing, BMSat 5370, &c. Reproduced, Paston, Pl. cxxiv.
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