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Female Whimsicalities

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Female Whimsicalities
  • Description

    Two ladies stand back to back, one (left) inscribed 'Prominence, 1785', the other, 'Prominence, 1793'. The former has the contour of 1785 (see BMSat 6874, &c), with vast protuberances below the chin in front and below the waist behind. The other, whose bust still projects, but in a less exaggerated manner, has an enormous protuberance in front, far exceeding that of any pregnancy. One wears a wide-brimmed hat (see BMSat 7099, &c), the other a small hat trimmed with large bunches of ribbon; a piece of drapery passing over the crown meets under the chin. Between and behind the pair is a smaller figure, a girl standing in profile to the left, wearing a high-waisted dress which falls limply to the ground. She is 'Virgin Shape'. Beneath the design:

    'Since all confess the nat'ral Form Divine,
    What need to Swell before or add behind?' 16 May 1793
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1793
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 244 millimetres
    • Width: 351 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line: "Pubd. by W Dent May 16 1793 / Sold by J Aitken No 14 Castle Street Leicester Fields London".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    See BMSat 8388, &c.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8390 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

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 16 May 1793  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 16 May 1793 Hand-coloured etching

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