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Dandy's Toilette. Stays.

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In Collection: Collection of caricatures, mainly set in Dublin
Description: Lettered with title underneath image, "Dandy’s Toilette. Stays”. Cropped within plate mark and lacking publication information underneath [possibly published by J. Le Petit, 20 Capel St., Dublin?]. Social satire featuring the depiction of a young man (the dandy of the title), being assisted by his manservant (who stands immediately behind him), engaged in tightening his stays. He wears a voluminous pair of trousers of beige coloured cloth, tight narrow black boots, a white shirt with a very high, stiff collar and a neckerchief of white material with a pattern of pink coloured spots. On the dressing table is a broadside with the title 'Morning Amusements'; printed underneath this is 'Sig. Girmondi / Dancing Dogs / Monkeys'. [Advertisements appeared in Dublin papers in 1817 and 1818 for 'Signor M. Girmondi's Sagacious Performing Dogs'; see 'The Freeman's Journal' for 19 September, 1817]. As the dandy looks into the mirror on the dressing table, in front of him on the surface of the table are several bottles - a bottle labelled 'Curling Fluid', another labelled 'Musk', one labelled 'Russian Oil', various brushes, palm soap and a bottle with the label 'Soda Water' can just be seen in the background. Beside the dressing table is a small dog wearing a collar with the word 'Dandy' on it; he looks up at his master. Adjacent to the dog is a chair, on which lies a music score, with the title ‘Quadrille Dances’ visible. A pair of fine yellow kid-skin gloves and a top hat lie on top of the music score, while a thin walking cane is propped up against the chair. On the carpet near the chair, a book lies open on a page with the words ‘Ovids / Art / of / Love’ printed on it. A pair of slippers, two lasts and a boot jack [also known as a boot pull, a small tool that aids in the removal of boots] lie discarded on the carpet. A jacket in a fabric of bright blue can be seen on a chair in the background; adjacent to this is a table, with a small vase of flowers and a book. Above this, on the wall is a framed print entitled "A Group of well known Dandies", while adjacent to this hanging on the wall is a small bookshelf - the spine titles of some can be seen - two volumes, both entitled 'Cupid'; others are 'Amatory Poems', 'Ovids' Art [of] Love', 'Calippea' [perhaps a satirical reference to Calliope, the muse of epic poetry] and copies of volumes entitled "Kisses of Secundis" [a reference to English translations in verse of Johannes Secundus' 'Liber Basiorum' or 'Basia', ('Book of Kisses', first complete edition published in1541)] lie on the top and bottom shelves.
Created: [Dublin : J. Le Petit, 20 Capel St.?, n.d., ca. 1817-1820?].
Language: English
Extent: 1 print : hand coloured etching, image 25 x 19.1 cm. [cropped within plate mark], lettered title 2.3 x 8.7 cm..
Format: PRINTS & DRAWINGS
Call Number: PD 2121 TX 1 (4) (Collection unavailable)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.