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Cestina Warehouse or Belly Piece Shop

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1935,0522.8.28

  • Title (object)

    • Cestina Warehouse or Belly Piece Shop
  • Description

    The interior of a fitting-room on the wall of which are hung pads of different sizes, inscribed: 'Two Months', 'One Month', 'Four Months', 'Six Months', 'Nine Months'. A foppish Frenchman ties one of these round the waist of a customer in a short petticoat, who stands (left) before an ornate oval wall-mirror, her hands folded complacently over the projection at her waist. A little girl in back view holds up her arms eagerly towards a small pad. An elegant shopman, holding a pad, insinuatingly points out a larger one on the wall to an agitated elderly lady. On the extreme right two women stand together highly pleased with their huge excrescences; one is pretty, the other, full-face, resembles a prostitute; her pad is inscribed 'Twins'. Beneath the title: 'Monsr Devant, Inform de Ladies dat he has lately Imported a Great Assortment of his new Fashioned Belly Pieces, or Machine dat make de Ventre of de Ladies, for all de World like de Mama, he can refer to several young Ladies of Quality, who dat look one Month, 2 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 7 & Nine Month de full Size, who will zeccommend his Abilities, he has always ready his tings for Ladies of all Sizes, de little Girls, de middle Size, & he can also fit des Gros Ladies without Delay or Disappointment, having engagée some habile Emmigrant Abbé who have had practice in dis way in France:-' April 16 1793
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1793
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 351 millimetres (cropped)
    • Width: 465 millimetres (cropped)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within and below image and publication line "Pubd Apll 16. 1793 by S, W Fores N°3 Piccadilly where may be seen the Completest Collection of Caricatures in Europe also a model of the [Guillotine...; cropped]"
  • 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 8387 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures VIII p.28)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1935,0522.8.28

The interior of a fitting-room on the wall of which are hung pads of different sizes, inscribed: 'Two Months', 'One Month', 'Four Months', 'Six Months', 'Nine Months'. A foppish Frenchman ties one of these round the waist of a customer in a short petticoat, who stands (left) before an ornate oval wall-mirror, her hands folded complacently over the projection at her waist. A little girl in back view holds up her arms eagerly towards a small pad. An elegant shopman, holding a pad, insinuatingly points out a larger one on the wall to an agitated elderly lady. On the extreme right two women stand together highly pleased with their huge excrescences; one is pretty, the other, full-face, resembles a prostitute; her pad is inscribed 'Twins'. Beneath the title: 'Monsr Devant, Inform de Ladies dat he has lately Imported a Great Assortment of his new Fashioned Belly Pieces, or Machine dat make de Ventre of de Ladies, for all de World like de Mama, he can refer to several young Ladies of Quality, who dat look one Month, 2 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 7 & Nine Month de full Size, who will zeccommend his Abilities, he has always ready his tings for Ladies of all Sizes, de little Girls, de middle Size, & he can also fit des Gros Ladies without Delay or Disappointment, having engagée some habile Emmigrant Abbé who have had practice in dis way in France:-'  April 16 1793  Hand-coloured etching

The interior of a fitting-room on the wall of which are hung pads of different sizes, inscribed: 'Two Months', 'One Month', 'Four Months', 'Six Months', 'Nine Months'. A foppish Frenchman ties one of these round the waist of a customer in a short petticoat, who stands (left) before an ornate oval wall-mirror, her hands folded complacently over the projection at her waist. A little girl in back view holds up her arms eagerly towards a small pad. An elegant shopman, holding a pad, insinuatingly points out a larger one on the wall to an agitated elderly lady. On the extreme right two women stand together highly pleased with their huge excrescences; one is pretty, the other, full-face, resembles a prostitute; her pad is inscribed 'Twins'. Beneath the title: 'Monsr Devant, Inform de Ladies dat he has lately Imported a Great Assortment of his new Fashioned Belly Pieces, or Machine dat make de Ventre of de Ladies, for all de World like de Mama, he can refer to several young Ladies of Quality, who dat look one Month, 2 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 7 & Nine Month de full Size, who will zeccommend his Abilities, he has always ready his tings for Ladies of all Sizes, de little Girls, de middle Size, & he can also fit des Gros Ladies without Delay or Disappointment, having engagée some habile Emmigrant Abbé who have had practice in dis way in France:-' April 16 1793 Hand-coloured etching

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