London. Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, No 69 in St Pauls Church Yard. [n.d., c.1766-93.]
Etching. Sheet 230 x 305mm (9 x 12"). Trimmed close to plate, mounted on album paper. Slight diagonal crease not visible on front.
A scene ridiculing skirt hoops while proposing 'a new Invention by your Sexe's Friend' (a skirt which can be contracted to fit through narrow spaces by pulling two cords. The woman on the left demonstrates this innovation outside Long's Warehouse in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden where a shop sign of a woman in a petticoat is being raised into position. To the right we see 'The Round Hoops condemnd': a weeping woman is tried before a magistrate's court, apparently for wearing the round hooped petticoat which is suspended above her head (drawing comparisons with the dome of St Paul's Cathedral in the distance). First published by John June c.1750, this later state has a different publication line and the number '76' added in the lower right.
Ex Collection of the Hon Christopher Lennox-Boyd; BM Satires 1991;
[Ref: 31750] £340.00