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Mr Garrick, introducteur de modes

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1866,0407.945

  • Title (object)

    • Mr Garrick, introducteur de modes
  • Description

    An Englishman, with a melancholy scowl, stands full-face, slouching, hands in his pockets, wearing an enormously large overcoat which trails on the ground and has a high collar and four voluminous capes reaching to the calf. This is open to show double-breasted coat, loose trousers, inconspicuously striped, and reaching to the ground. He wears flower-pot hat and high stock, and the black ribbon of an eye-glass tucked into the coat. Behind is a country scene with bare trees under which a fashionable French lady promenades in a fur-trimmed pelisse with ermine cape, and a man, English or anglomane, stands in back view with a high flower-pot hat and a plain overcoat reaching to the ground.
    Plate numbered 5.
    December 1813 Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1813
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 273 millimetres
    • Width: 208 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, monogram 'A V', and publication line 'A Paris chez Martinet, rue du Coq St Honoré' and 'Déposé à la Direction Générale de la Librairie'. Numbered 5 in top right
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    Carrick is the French term for a caped overcoat as worn by coachmen, according to Larousse, 'Gr. Dict. Universel', named after Garrick the actor who made it fashionable, but evidently the caped overcoat (here burlesqued) worn by the fashionable amateur whip, and apparently popularized c. 1810, see No. 11700, &c. This garment seems to have reached Paris by 1813: 'Le Bon Genre N° 57' [cf. No. 12380] is 'Carrick à Cinq Pélerines', the lowest cape reaching to the waist, the fullness confined at the back by a strap. A similar caped coat appears as a fashion of 1804 in a French caricature: 'Quel Est le plus Ridicule' (Jaime).

    (Supplementary information)
    'A V' in the inscription maybe 'V A'.
    The series from which this comes is not identified. The print is listed as published by Auger in the Bibliographie de France for 10 December 1813.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 12375 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (French XIXc Mounted Roy)

  • 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

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1866

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1866,0407.945

Social satire: a standing man, seen full-frontal, dressed in a long jacket and enormous overcoat and top hat.  December 1813  Hand-coloured etching

Social satire: a standing man, seen full-frontal, dressed in a long jacket and enormous overcoat and top hat. December 1813 Hand-coloured etching

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