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Corinthian Steamers or Costumes and Customs of 1824

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  • Title (object)

    • Corinthian Steamers or Costumes and Customs of 1824
  • Description

    A promenade, with clouds added in watercolour as the only background; dandies are smoking cheroots and puffing out clouds of smoke. One stoops, puffing into a lady's face which is thus completely hidden; she staggers back; on an ascending cloud are the words Fond of Steaming Ladies? do you Smoke it, Eh! A second man stands over him, also smoking hard. On the left a dandy's moustache is blazing, he staggers back, his hat falling, his cheroot on the ground, and shouts Fire Fire Oh Dear my best Mustacios will be quite Destroyed. The man behind him, letting his cheroot fall from his mouth, screams Fire Fire. On the extreme left a fireman with the badge of the Sun Fire Office on his arm laughs, saying, Why Master I must fetch our Engine to put out your Steam Engine. The men wear bell-shaped top-hats, coats with a large collar standing away from the neck, and sometimes "with a single cape to the waist; trousers are full at the waist and tightly strapped over spurred boots. The women wear fur tippets and feathered bonnets; one has a huge muff. 26 February 1824
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1824
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 245 millimetres
    • Width: 350 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line: "London Pubd. Feb. 26 1824 by S W Fores 41 Picadilly".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
    The '4' in the date [1824] may have been etched over a '1'. There is a plate pub. Fores 26 Feb. 1820 [? 1821]: Corinthian Steamers or Costumes and Customs 0/1820. A. de R. xviii. 67.
    A satire on the new custom of smoking in polite society. For 'Corinthian' cf. No. 14320.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 14726 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British 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

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 26 February 1824  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 26 February 1824 Hand-coloured etching

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