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The Antique Architect / Characters, Macaronies & Caricatures, by MDarly. [1773] (Vol.6)

  • Object type

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  • Title (object)

    • The Antique Architect

    Title (series)

    • Characters, Macaronies & Caricatures, by MDarly. [1773] (Vol.6)
  • Description

    No.22: Portrait of a man facing three-quarter to left. Under his left arm is a large book, in his left hand a drawing instrument. His right hand is thrust under his waistcoat and under his right arm is a macaroni cane. He wears a low three-cornered hat, frilled shirt and cravat, striped breeches and a sword. On the ground is a fragment of carved classical frieze, a paper and a pair of compasses. 11 October 1773 Etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1773
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 174 millimetres
    • Width: 123 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Numbered "V.6" top left, and "22" at top right; below is the title and "Pubd. Accor. to Act Octr 11 1773. by MDarly Strand."
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Probably a portrait of Robert Adam, the most celebrated of the Adam brothers. The book is perhaps intended for 'Works in Architecture' by Robert and James Adam, whose publication in folio parts began in 1773. Reproduced by A. E. Richardson, 'Georgian England', 1931, p. 200.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5166 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (298.b.1*)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


No.22: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  11 October 1773 Etching


No.22: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 11 October 1773 Etching

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