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The fashionable mamma, - or - the convenience of modern dress.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.6503

  • Title (object)

    • The fashionable mamma, - or - the convenience of modern dress.
  • Description

    A fashionably dressed woman sits (left) in profile to the right, on an upright chair, while a carriage waits for her. Her loose dress, high to the neck, has two embroidered slits to reveal the breasts. A pretty, buxom nurse holds out an infant, who eagerly sucks the breast thus conveniently laid bare. She wears a turban with two erect feathers, and short sleeves; her gloved right hand holds a closed fan. On the wall behind her is a large picture, 'Maternal Love', a seated woman suckles an infant. Through a high sash-window is seen a corner of the waiting coach, a footman holding open the door, a fat coachman on the box. The coach, hammer-cloth, and the lady's chair are decorated with a baron's coronet. A patterned carpet covers the floor. 15 February 1796
    Hand-coloured etching and stipple

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1796
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 millimetres
    • Width: 247 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and, following it, "Vide, The Pocket Hole, &c.", artist's name, text within image, and publication line: "Js Gy des. et fect" and "Pubd. Feby. 15th. 1796. by H. Humphrey, 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)
    The superseding of the wet-nurse was a fashion which derived from the doctrines of Rousseau; cf. BMSat 8901. See BMSat 8896, &c.
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 209 (small copy). Wright and Evans, No. 415. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, Fuchs, p. 283.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8897 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2001 Jun-Sep, London, Tate Britain, 'Gillray and the Art of Caricature'
    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
    2005 Mar-Jun, Bath, Holburne Mus of Art, Pictures of Innocence
    2009 Jan-Mar, BM, Room 90, Love and Marriage

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.6503

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1796  Hand-coloured etching and stipple

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1796 Hand-coloured etching and stipple

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