The ConsultationTo Wig - or not to Wig/ That is the Question.
Etching, 175 x 235mm. 7 x 9¼".
A judge with the profile of an animal, perhaps a sheep, wearing gown and bands, holding a large legal wig in his left hand. The fingers of his right hand are held out as if in calculation; he looks at himself in an ornately framed oval mirror on the wall with an expression of singular imbecility. An open door in the back wall shows rows of books in a bookcase: on its lintel stands a bust. An oval portrait hangs to the left of the door, of a man in wig and bands, probably the subject of the caricature. 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 '14' upper right.
BM Satires: 5267.
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