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Such Things are - Such Things were

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  • Title (object)

    • Such Things are - Such Things were
  • Description

    Three figures, one above the other (left), headed modern., are compared with three others (right) headed ancient.: [1] A man with wide-brimmed hat, cutaway coat, projecting shirt-frill (see BMSat 7249), short waistcoat, with two pendant seals, tight breeches and horizontally striped stockings, low shoes with ties, is contrasted with a man wearing a large wig, long coat with wide cuffs, long waistcoat, and high-quartered shoes of c. 1740-50. [2] A lady with loose hair decorated with feathers and the inflated breast and petticoats of c. 1785-8 stands in profile to the right. Opposite her stands demurely, full-face with her hands clasped, a lady with the closely dressed hair, fichu, ruffled sleeves, and slightly hooped petticoats of c. 1750. [3] A man stands with legs astride and arms akimbo, a bludgeon under his right arm. He is dressed in the fashion of the day with vertically striped stockings, wearing a large Kevenhuller hat. Opposite him a man stands in profile to the left wearing a small hat with long coat and waistcoat; his cuffs are very wide, he wears gloves and holds a short tasselled stick. The dress appears to be that of the late 60's. 28 March 1787
    Etching with hand-colouring


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  • Date

    • 1787
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 358 millimetres
    • Width: 253 millimetres (trimmed)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, and publication details: "Published as the Act directs, for the proprietor, by W.Dickie, No.195 Strand. March the 28th 1787"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    See also BMSats 7252, 7253. For the fashions satirized see BMSats 6874, 7099, 7116, 7763, &c. The 'ancient' fashions are also exaggerated.
    'Such things are' is a play by Mrs. Inchbald, first played at Covent Garden 11 Feb. 1787. ('Such things were', by Prince Hoare, was played at Bath in 1788.)


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7251 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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  • Acquisition notes

    The register records that this print was purchased as part of a large group from "Mr Cutter"

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 28 March 1787  Etching with hand-colouring

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 28 March 1787 Etching with hand-colouring

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