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A lady putting on her cap, -June 1795

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  • Title (object)

    • A lady putting on her cap, -June 1795
  • Description

    A lady sits in back view before a tall pier-glass, twisting a piece of drapery round her head. Two young women (right) hold up festoons of the immensely long drapery, the end of which trails across the floor and is worried by a small dog, shaved in the French manner. The glass is surmounted by an earl's coronet and decorated by triple ostrich plumes, suggesting that the lady, who wears a loose wrapper, may be Lady Jersey. The mirror is lit by two candles. Through a window (right) is a crescent moon, sinking into clouds. The second attendant wears a hat, suggesting that she is a milliner. Both are dressed in the short-waisted fashion of the day (cf. BMSat 8571). An elaborate bowl of flowers stands on a pedestal or small ornate table. A patterned carpet covers the floor. 30 June 1795
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

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  • Date

    • 1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 246 millimetres
    • Width: 348 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and publication line: "Pubd. June 30th 1795, by H. Humphrey No 37 New Bond Street".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 197. Wright and Evans, No. 409. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, Paston, Pl. lii.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8755 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 30 June 1795  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 30 June 1795 Hand-coloured etching

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