Lady Fashion's Secretary's Office, or Peticoat Recommendation the Best.
Printed for Carington Bowles, Map & Printseller, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [****] [c.1770]
Mezzotint. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Very large margins, uncut. Small tear in margin, date erased.
A satire on the attempts to keep ladies of bad reputation out of fashionable gatherings, including the Pantheon, the 'Coterie' (an exclusive ladies' club which met at Almack's) & Mrs Cornelys' parties at Carlisle House. The fashionably-dressed young woman is the courtesan Kitty (or Polly) Kennedy); she is being handed a card inscribed 'Miss Kenedy recommended for 6 Pantheon Tickets' by an elegantly-dressed young man in bag-wig and solitaire. Around her are other cards including ones inscribed 'Coterie', 'Pantheon', and 'Cornely's'. The luxury of the room is indicated by a marble column and a door surmounted by a pediment in which is a bust. A cockatoo on a perch screams at the visitor.
BM Satires 5095; ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 37582] £520.00