The Macaroni Provider.
Etching, 175 x 130mm. 7 x 5". Pencil caption in image.
A man carries on his back a doll-like woman who takes the place of the exaggerated macaroni club of hair. She is swathed round in black ribbon and so attached to his shoulders in the manner of a club of hair. He leers, and carries a tasselled cane with a sharp handle set with what appears to be a snuff-box. She wears a ribbon-trimmed hat, frilled elbow-sleeves, her body is covered with the black swathing, and her clocked stockings are visible to the knees. Probably this is a portrait of some (alleged) notorious procurer; perhaps Thomas Bradshaw, a Treasury clerk who was appointed a Lord of the Admiralty on 6th May 1772. From 'Macaronies, Characters, Caricatures &c designed by the greatest personages, 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.3' upper left and '23' upper right.
BM Satires: 5018.
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