Monstrosities of 1818.Pl.t 2. _ Dandies__or__
Pubd. Octr. 3d. 1818 by G. Humphrey. 27 St James's Str.t
Hand-coloured etching. 298 x 412mm. 11¾ x 16¼". Slight staining.
A Hyde Park scene burlesquing the fashions of the day. Men walk arm-in-arm, so do two ladies, and a man and woman, and there are solitary figures, one of whom is a much-bedizened elderly woman using a sunshade as walking-stick, and followed by a pompous over-dressed footman (left) carrying a lap-dog and holding a cane. Alterations since 1816 include a fashion for walking on tip-toe; the ladies' stoop is less pronounced; their skirts are longer; their bonnets much higher; their dresses are still very short-waisted and project from the shoulders, but they are less décolletée. The men no longer wear trousers gathered at the ankle, but two wear wide short trousers; two wear riding-breeches with top-boots. All, including an officer in uniform, have the high waists, projecting busts, high shoulders, and tight sleeves characteristic of the dandy; collars are still high, their corners are more often pointed than round. A Life Guards officer, arm-in-arm with a dandy wearing short trousers over spurred boots, is conspicuous on the extreme right.
BM Satires: 13055. Cohn: 1749. Reid: 780.
[Ref: 17946] £180.00