Dandyism displayed, or, The follies of the Ton

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Etched frontispiece by George Cruikshank: Dandies in a morning dress; Dandies in a evening dress

  • Author: Bisset, J., author.
  • Title: Dandyism displayed, or, The follies of the Ton ; humbly dedicated (without permission) to a lord of the Willow-Boys; to the noble Sham-Peter & his white charger, prince of the dandy blood royal; and to that renowned son of Mars and Venus, the great captain … To which is added, What is a dandy? / by J. Bisset, Esq.
  • Edition: Second edition.
  • Publication: London : Published by Duncombe, book and music seller, 19, Little Queen Street, Holborn, [approximately 1820]

Catalog Record

657 820 B623

Acquired October 2021

Spectators at a print-shop

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“Satire; an extravagantly dressed woman catches a fashionable man by the arm as she points with her fan at a mezzotint droll in a print-shop window; a small dog looks up at her; an old gentleman with a stick standing on the right, stares at the prints and is surprised by a man with a warrant for his arrest.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Smith, John Raphael, 1752-1812, printmaker.
  • Title: Spectators at a print-shop in St. Paul’s Church Yard [graphic].
  • Edition: [State with plate no.].
  • Publication: [London] : Printed for Carington Bowles, at his map & print warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, published as the act directs […] [not before 25 June 1774]

Catalog Record

774.06.25.01

Acquired November 2021

The Pantheon macaroni

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“A group of three half length figures. Two ladies of meretricious appearance seated at a tea-table, a man with a large Macaroni club of hair is handing one of them a cup of tea. One holds a fan and looks coyly towards the man, the other leans over her shoulder.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: The Pantheon macaroni [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Printed for Robt. Sayer, No. 53 Fleet Street, [ca. 1772]

Catalog Record

772.00.00.55

Acquired July 2021

Five, in the afternoon

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“A young dandy lounging on a sofa with a young woman, holding up a glass, while she lays one hand on his knee, holding a glass herself, her elbow on a round table beside a bottle of Madeira and a dish of peaches; a bed seen through the open door in the background to right.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Title: Five, in the afternoon [graphic] / Dighton delt.
  • Publication: London : Published 18 June 1795 by Haines & Son, No. 19 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane, [18 June 1795]

Catalog Record

795.06.18.01+

Acquired January 2021

Riding apparatus for timid horsemen

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An older gentleman is on horseback strapped into a contraption that limits the horses movement (as such, it won’t move above a trot pace), limits any jolting movements and also provides shade and cover through the attachment of an umbrella. In the left background, a horseman struggles to control his horse as a panicked lady watches on and his top hat flies off behind him. To the right a male onlooker peers through his monocle in awe of the timid horsemen’s contraption.

 

  • Title: Riding apparatus for timid horsemen [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Pubd. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, Jan. 1, 1830.
  • Manufacture: [London] : Printed by J. Netherclift.

Catalog Record

830.01.01.09+

Acquired November 2020

Dancers at a ball

description below

An exoticly dressed man and wild hair dances with a woman in a large headdress and flowing gown as three figures look on

 

  • Artist: Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856, artist.
  • Title: [Dancers at a ball] [art original] / R. Cruikshank.
  • Production: [England], [not after 1856]

Catalog Record

Drawings C89 no. 1 Box D205

Acquired November 2020

Arrogance (or nonchalance) of the Tenth retorted

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“Two designs side by side. BALL ROOM. A repetition of British Museum satires no. 14646 [2]. The M.C. has no wand, but holds an opera-hat; he says: ‘Will you accept of this Lady for a partner, Sir?’ The hussar, who lounges with hands in pockets and both legs over the back of a chair, answers: ‘Shew her off!–Trot her out!! let us see her foine legs’. A civilian standing behind the lady (left) laughs: ‘Ha! Ha! Ha! So this is one of the extra polite Dandies of the Tenth‘. Two fellow officers stand beside the first. One says: ‘No! Tenth don’t daunce!!’ [cf. British Museum satires no. 14643A]. The other inspects the lady through an eyeglass, saying, ‘Zounds, Dam-me!’ DRAWING ROOM. The lady of the ball-room stands beside another; both are young and pretty and in ball-dress. The officer (right) bows from the waist, pointing the left toe, left hand on hip and holding up an eye-glass. He is without pelisse and sword. The second lady, holding up a fan, says: ‘Sir this is the Lady you desired me to Trot up to you.’ The lady in question also bends from the waist, pointing a toe, inspecting the officer through an eye-glass. She holds a lighted candle, saying, ‘No–Wont do! Trot him out!!–Trot him out!!'”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856, printmaker.
  • Title: Arrogance (or nonchalance) of the Tenth retorted [graphic] / R. Cruikshank fecit.
  • Publication: London : Pubd. April 1824 by J. Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, [April 1824]

Catalog Record 

824.04.00.02+

Acquired August 2019

 

Political billiards

Political billiards. Detailed description below

“European sovereigns (wearing crowns) and others, watch a game of billiards between the Tsar, the principal figure, and the Sultan.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: Political billiards [graphic] / William Heath.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. Sep. 30, 1829, by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket …, [30 September 1829]

Catalog Record

820.09.30.01+

Acquired April 2019

The egg, or, The memoirs of Gregory Giddy, Esq.

The egg title page

Fictitious memoir.

  • Title: The egg, or, The memoirs of Gregory Giddy, Esq. : with the lucubrations of Messrs. Francis Flimsy, Frederic Florid, and Ben Bombast … Also the Memoirs of a Right Honourable Puppy, or, The Bon Ton display’d … / conceived by a Celebrated Hen, and laid before the public by a Famous Cock-feeder.
  • Published: London : Printed for S. Smith, in Pater-Noster-Row, and sold by all other booksellers in town and country, [1772]

Catalog Record 

53 Eg29 772

Acquired April 2019

Run neighbours, run, St. Al-ns is quadrilling it

group of people dancing

“The Duchess of St. Albans, immensely fat, florid, and bejewelled, and a stout elderly naval officer wearing loose wide trousers, and apparently doing hornpipe steps, his hands on his hips, dance side by side with rollicking abandon. The others of the set: one man and two ladies on the left and one lady and two men on the right dance rigidly erect, and watch the central pair with hauteur; the men are dandies, the women slim and fashionable. The duchess has a swirling paradise-plume in her towering loops of hair, above tossing ringlets.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: Run neighbours, run, St. Al-ns is quadrilling it [graphic] / [man with an umbrella] Esq.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, May 1829.

Catalog Record 

829.05.00.08+

Acquired October 2018