The Cotillon Dancer Run Mad - In Bath.
Pubd Jany 21 1774. by MDarly 39 Strand.
Etching, 245 x 175mm. 9¾ x 7". Patch repair to left of image.
A man dancing, gesturing to his left. A satire on the latest dancing craze imported from France to fashionable meeting places like Bath. The Cotillion is a type of patterned social dance, and was originally made up of four couples in a square formation, the forerunner of the quadrille. Cotillions were introduced in London about 1766 by French dancing masters. From 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 '21' upper right.
BM Satires: undescribed.
[Ref: 14499] £260.00