Le Retour de Paris or the Neice presented to her Relatives by her French Governess.
Pub.d by H. Humphrey St. James's St. January 3d. 1817.
Hand-coloured etching. Plate 274 x 380mm (10¾ x 15").
Social satire by Cruikshank. An elderly couple, plainly dressed in a very old-fashioned manner, watch with shocked dismay an over-dressed Frenchwoman who takes by the wrist an equally over-dressed girl, making her curtsey, as she does herself. Their dresses are high-waisted, flounced, and vandyked, with neck-ruffles and short puffed sleeves. Both wear huge bonnets with erect cylindrical crowns, grotesquely trimmed, long gloves, each with a reticule dangling from the arm. A French servant in livery stands chapeau-bras, a band-box slung from his arm, shrugging his shoulders to express horrified surprise. A plainly dressed young girl standing behind her aunt grins in astonishment at the visitors. A dog and cat register hostility towards a cringing lap-dog shaved in the French manner, which is attached to the servant with a string. The room is panelled and carpeted, with one side-table, and is probably a hall or ante-room in a country house.
BM Satires: 12922. Cohn: 1314.
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