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The lovely Sacarissa dressing for the Pantheon

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  • Title (object)

    • The lovely Sacarissa dressing for the Pantheon
  • Description

    A stout, ugly, and elderly woman holds in her left hand a barber's block, with a carved head in profile, on which is an elaborate pyramidal wig with ringlets. This she is covering with powder or flour from a dredger. Her hair is short and scanty; on her head is a very large black patch, two smaller ones are on her temple. She is dressed in undergarments, showing stays, and frilled petticoat over which is worn a pocket. Her dress, the bodice of which is almost cylindrical from its stiffening whalebone, is on a stool behind her. Her back is turned to the casement window (r.) through which look two grinning old women, wearing frilled muslin caps. Over the window, and over the wall on its l., is a heavily festooned curtain. Sacarissa stands facing a low rectangular table (l.), on which are a bottle and wine-glass, a candle (?) in a triangular shade, which is falling over, having apparently been knocked by the wig, patches, a comb, a paper, &c. Behind on the wall, in deep shadow, is a picture of a dome inscribed "The Pantheon". Beneath the title is engraved, "She Blooms in the Winter of her Days, like the Glastonbury Thorn"; state republished 1773. 24 February 1772


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1772
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 349 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, followed by "She blooms in the winter of her days like the Glastonbury thorn". With third line 'Published Feb 24, 1773'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    The design appears to be based on that of BMSat 4647, Lady Drudger going to Ranelagh, 1772.

    (Supplementary information)
    The attribution to Dawe was suggested by Dorothy George. It is likely, but not certain.

    This is a republished state, with the final digit in the year altered from a 2 to a 3. See 2010,7081.1066 for an impression of the earlier state.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5533 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc 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

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Satire on fashion, with a large elderly lady about to put on her wig, while two faces seen through the window laugh: for a full account see BMSat.  24 February 1778  Mezzotint

Satire on fashion, with a large elderly lady about to put on her wig, while two faces seen through the window laugh: for a full account see BMSat. 24 February 1778 Mezzotint

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