[Robert Adam?] The Antique Architect.
Etching, 175 x 125mm. 7 x 5". Small margins.
Caricatured likeness of an architect, probably Robert Adam (1728 - 1792). .A man holds a large book under his left arm (perhaps Robert and James Adam's 'Works in Architecture' by Robert and James Adam, whose publication in folio parts began in 1773) and a drawing instrument in the hand. His right hand is thrust into his waistcoat and supports a macaroni cane. He wears a low three-cornered hat, frilled shirt and cravat, striped breeches and a sword. On the ground is a stone fragment of carved classical frieze, a paper and a pair of compasses. From 'Characters, Macaronies & Caricatures, by MDarly', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates, although as most of their prints do not identify the etcher, this is still uncertain. Numbered 'V.6' upper left and '22' upper right.
BM Satires: 5166.
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