The ladies toilet

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Adapted from work originally published as L’art de la coëffure des dames françoises (Paris, 1765)

  • Author: Legros, Sieur, fl. 1765.
  • Title: The ladies toilet, or, The art of head-dressing in its utmost beauty and extent : Exemplified in a great variety of figures or patterns / by the Sieur Le Groos, the inventor and most eminent professor of that science in Paris ; engraved by G. Bickham, of Richmond Surry.
  • Published: London : Printed for George Bickham where it may be had … and at T. Butcher’s … at John Bickham’s …, and at the pamphlet-shops…, and all the booksellers in England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1768

Catalog Record

657 768 L44

Acquired November 2010

2 thoughts on “The ladies toilet

  1. If I am commenting on a perspective already known, please disregard. However, as this information is not stated, may I bring to your attention…

    The text and information states: “Engraved by G. Bickham,” implying this is the work of George Bickham Sr. (of “The Universal Penman” fame). This is obviously the work of his son G. Bickham Jr.. The works of these two are often confused.

    Argument:
    • Engraving style of graphic is GB Jr’s; definitely not GB the Elder.
    • Subject matter is very typical of GB Jr; not GB the Elder.
    • Roundhand style of caption is typical of GB Jr; lacks GB the Elder’s skill & elegance.
    • “Printed for George Bickham in May’s Buildings, Covent-Garden,” (Richmond, Surry) an address of GB Jr’s.
    • Adapted from work originally published as L’art de la coëffure des dames françoises (Paris, 1765), published 1768; GB died 10 years before publishing date (1758); Jr died 3 years later (1771).

    Sincerely yours,
    Don Marsh

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