A Macaroni Liveryman.
Etching, 175 x 125mm. 7 x 5". Creasing to upper right-hand corner.
A very stout man of plebeian appearance wearing a furred livery gown standing in profile. In his right hand is a knife combined with a spoon by a folding device; in his left is a two-pronged fork. He is a member of one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. From 'Caricatures, Macaronies & Characters by sundry ladies gentlemen artists &c.', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V.2' upper left and '20' upper right.
BM Satires: 5000.
[Ref: 14163] £160.00