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Parasols, for 1795.

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  • Title (object)

    • Parasols, for 1795.
  • Description

    A man and woman dressed in a burlesque of the fashion walk mincingly in back view. He leads her by the hand; she holds out in her left hand a tiny fringed parasol, the hinged stick bent at a right angle. Her small straw hat of masculine shape is trimmed with three enormous aigrettes of straw; her hair covers her back like a cape, and her dress hangs limply round her ankles. The man wears a hat with a round crown of usual size with an enormous brim curving upwards at the sides and bent down back and front, so that it covers his shoulders. He is thin and elongated, with tail-coat, long breeches, striped stockings, and half-boots of Hessian cut. In his right hand is a cane. 15 June 1795
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1795
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 344 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and production detail:'Js Gy des. et fect / Pubd June 15th 1795. by H. Humphrey No 37, New Bond Stre'.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    The parasol, which anticipates the Victorian carriage-parasol, is in striking contrast to the earlier type, with a long stick used as a walking-stick, cf. BMSat 5518 (1778). See BMSat 8756.
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 197 (small copy). Wright and Evans, No. 405. Reproduced, Paston, Pl. xliv; Fuchs, p. 281.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8754 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1795  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1795 Hand-coloured etching

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