Monstrosities of 1816 scene, Hyde Park.Pl.t 1. London Dandies _ or_
Pubd. by H. Humphrey. 27 St James's St. March 12th. 1816.
Hand-coloured etching, printed on J. Whatman paper 1820,. 298 x 412mm. 11¾ x 16¼". Slight staining.
Persons dressed in burlesques of the latest fashions promenade in Hyde Park. On the extreme left a hussar officer wearing an extravagantly furred and braided jacket, cloak, and shako, and with a projecting moustache, walks in profile to the right, holding up his sabre, the sabretache dangling to his (high) spurred heels. He returns the much lower bow of a couple who walk towards him arm-in-arm, the man raising a hat too small for his head. The latter wears a very high stock, which swathes a collar resting against the cheeks, tight-waisted coat with a long full skirt reaching to the ground. An eyeglass dangles from a ribbon. His companion is very décolletée; her short-waisted dress reaches barely below the knee and projects behind in a curve. She walks with the stoop which is accentuated in later caricatures. She has a bonnet with flaunting feathers, holds a large muff, and wears cothurnes. On the right a woman bows insinuatingly to two absurd fops who walk arm-in-arm. The hem of her short wide skirt has an open trellis-work border, through which her knees are visible. She holds a reticule and wears very short ankle-boots of silk edged with swan's-down. One of the two men wears a tight-waisted coat with very long skirts, over full trousers tied in at the ankle, a very small low-crowned hat, and stock and collar like the man on the left. His companion wears a heavily braided coat reaching to the ground with high collar and deep cuffs of fur; his spiky hair is pushed up grotesquely by his coat-collar. Behind, a couple walk in back view. The woman is immensely fat and very décolletée, skirts above the knee. The man wears wasp-waisted coat with tiny tails which hang between very wide and short trousers worn with spurred boots. A very small hat rests on hair brushed out at each side. In the background a man similarly and even more grotesquely dressed but with trousers tied at the ankle leans on the rails watching promenaders. All the men have padded shoulders and very tight sleeves. In the foreground is an inverted pipe-bowl with a broken stem placed there to show its identity of contour with that of the stooping lady beside it, whose skirt curves from shoulders to hem.
BM Satires: 12840.
[Ref: 17944] £180.00