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A dandy fainting or - an exquisite in fits. Scene a private box opera -

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  • Title (object)

    • A dandy fainting or - an exquisite in fits. Scene a private box opera -
  • Description

    A dandy lies back fainting in a chair, his limbs rigid, supported by three others while a fourth (left) draws the curtain, cutting off a view of the (distant) stage where a singer is posturing. The three supporters say: "I am so frighten'd I can hardly stand!"; "mind you dont soil the Dear's linnen," and, "I dread the consequence! that last Air of Signeur Nonballenas has thrown him in such raptures, we must call a Doctor —[a name has been erased] immediately!" The
    last holds a bottle of 'Eau de Colonge' [sic] to the patient's nostril. The fourth turns to say: "I must draw the curtain or his screams will alarm the House—you have no fello feeling my dear fellos, pray unlace the dear loves Stays, and lay him on the Couch." The box is large with couch (right) and table with decanters, dish of peaches, and two candles. On the floor beside a low-crowned hat is a fan. The four dandies register consternation. All are dressed in the usual manner, two wear wide short trousers, the others tight breeches or pantaloons. For dandies as epicene creatures see also Nos. 13239, 13394, 13447.
    11 December 1818
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1818
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 251 millimetres
    • Width: 356 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, artist's name, text within image and publication line: "I R Cruikshank invt & fecit / Pubd December 11. 1818 by G Humphrey 27 St. James's St"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    Reissued, 'Cruikshankiana', 1835.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 13069 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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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1818  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1818 Hand-coloured etching

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