Monstrosities of 1819.Pl.t 3.
London, Pubd. Novr. 29th. 2819 by G. Humphrey 27 St. James's Street.
Hand-coloured etching. 286 x 400mm. 11¼ x 15¾". Slight staining.
A Hyde Park scene illustrating developments in costume. The figures seem to be portraits as well as types. The men's hats are more extreme, some being higher in the crown; one, grotesquely small, is worn by a dandy who stands against a tree (left) with his hands in his trouser pockets. Collars are more pointed, cravats as high or higher, coat collars are high and rolled instead of low and flat; the wide short trousers have disappeared, and though some are full, some tight, are all strapped under the boot. The women's dresses are still high-waisted, but reach to the feet, much trimmed and bell-shaped. Bonnets are less high, the scoop being more horizontal than vertical. Flat broad-brimmed hats are also worn. Women no longer walk on tip-toe, and their stoop is less pronounced. A conspicuous figure is a very dandified lancer officer, with square-topped plumed helmet, swaggering with legs astride, right hand on hip, supporting his large sabre with the left hand. Those riding and driving are in the middle distance behind the pedestrians. Lord Petersham (left) drives a high gig, with a small groom beside him. The Persian Ambassador is riding, followed by two of his suite (right).
BM Satires: 13445. Cohn: 1750. Reid: 922.
[Ref: 17943] £180.00