Ancient military dandies of 1450 -Sketch'd by permission from the Originals in the Grand Armory at the Gothic Hall Pall-Mall. Modern military dandies - of 1819 - Sketch'd without permission from the Life.
Pub.d Feb.y 1819 by G. Humphrey 27 St James's Street London.
Coloured etching. J. Whatman watermark; Sheet 265 x 360mm (10½ x 14¼"). Trimmed to coloured border.
A satire on the Regent's insistence on exotic and extravagant uniforms and on the Gothic décor of Carlton House. Contemporary officers and their escorts visit an exhibition of mediaeval armour, displayed under gothic arches. A Life Guards officer and a Lancer officer walk arm-in-arm, both wearing elaborate helmets and the Waterloo medal; a short and obese Guards officer wears a monstrous bearskin and the Peninsular medal as well as the Waterloo. The two women present both have their faces hidden by bonnets.
BM Satires 13202.
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