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The Duchess blush or York flame.

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  • Title (object)

    • The Duchess blush or York flame.
  • Description

    Above is a ribbon, the central part of which is stiffened by a spring, described as 'Vanbuchel's Spring Garter'. Below are 'Two Views of the exact Size of the Duchess's Shoe': A low-heeled shoe with a pointed toe, decorated with jewels, and a tracing of the sole of the same shoe, which is 5 1/2 in. long. 6 December 1791 Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1791
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 160 millimetres
    • Width: 212 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'Pub Decr 6 1791 by S Fores N° 3 Piccadilly London Price 6d Color'd'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    For the small foot of the Duchess of York see BMSats 7921, 7933, 8055, 8056, 8058. Martin van Butchell (1735-c.1812) was an eccentric and empiric, who after successfully practising as a dentist became a maker of trusses, &c. Handbills recommending his goods (1788 and 1791) are in B.M.L. 806. k. 15/139-41. The 'spring garter' (30s. a pair) was regarded as the embodiment of alluring coquetry and fashion. Cf. 'The Mirror', 1 Jan. 1780; see also BMSats 7974, 8001.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7930 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1791 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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