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Dandy's Toilette. Shaving.


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In Collection: Collection of caricatures, mainly set in Dublin
Description: Lettered with title underneath image, "Dandy’s Toilette. Shaving”. Cropped within plate mark and lacking publication information underneath (probably published by J. Le Petit, 20 Capel St., Dublin. Social satire featuring the depiction of a young man (the dandy of the title), seated at a dressing table; a small amount of lather is on his face and he is shaving using a cut throat razor. He wears a tight pair of light blue trousers, pink slippers, a white shirt and a pair of pink braces. His servant stands behind him, holding a pair of stays. On the dressing table in front of the dandy is a shaving bowl, a linen cloth underneath; a shaving brush, a large jug, a bottle labelled of ‘Curling Fluid’ and various other labelled containers for ‘Palm Soap’, ‘Windsor Soap’ and a bottle labelled ‘Renova Tor’. Beside the dressing table is a shoe rack, with two pairs of shoes (pumps); underneath this a pair of boots is hanging up while underneath them, lying discarded on the carpet are a pair of riding boots (one of which appears to have a last in it). Also on the carpet is a scroll of paper that has written on it "Fancy Ball"; underneath this lies a letter with the words "Miss Stephens" visible on it. Adjacent to this a volume containing a music score lies open on the floor, with the title "Quadrille Dances" visible, and across this lies a flute. An open trunk with a white linen shirt hanging over the edge of the trunk, a pair of black boots and a boot jack [also known as a boot pull, a small tool that aids in the removal of boots] are positioned nearby. On the table next to the dandy's servant, lies a pair of spurs. On the wall behind is a framed contemporaneous satirical print entitled "A Pair of Lancers", while above this is a small shelf of books - one has the spine title 'Ovid', alongside this is a copy of "Fany [sic, Fanny] Hill" [an erotic novel by English novelist John Cleland, published with the title 'Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure'], others have the spine titles "Cupid" and "Monk" [a reference to 'The Monk: A Romance', a 1796 Gothic novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis] while underneath this is a book entitled "Kiss of Secund" [a reference to English translations in verse of Johannes Secundus' 'Liber Basiorum' or 'Basia', ('Book of Kisses', first complete edition published in 1541)]. A trunk of linen lies open on the floor in the background.
Created: [Dublin : J. Le Petit, 20 Capel St., n.d., ca. 1817-1820?].
Language: English
Extent: 1 print : hand coloured etching, image 25 x 19 cm. [cropped within plate mark], lettered title 2.5 x 8.7 cm..
Call Number: PD 2121 TX 1 (3) (Collection unavailable)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.