The Pretty Mantua Maker.
Etching, 170 x 120mm. 6¾ x 4¾".
A young woman looking downwards over her right shoulder. Her hands are crossed in front over a bundle wrapped in check material which she is carrying. She is elegantly dressed in a hat with ribbons, a cloak, a trained skirt. A Mantua (from the French 'manteuil' ) was originally a loose gown for women which developed into an overgown or robe typically worn over stays, stomacher and a co-ordinating petticoat. 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 '6' upper right.
BM Satires: 4991.
[Ref: 14176] £140.00