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Lady's Toilette : Dress Complete.


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In Collection: Collection of caricatures, mainly set in Dublin
Description: Etching clearly inspired by James Gillray's 'Progress of the Toilet.-Dress Completed.-Plate 3', published on 26 February 1810, by Hannah Humphrey, 27 St James's Street, London; see BM Satires 11610. Lettered with title underneath image "Lady's Toilette : Dress Complete", with publication line: "Publish'd by J. Le Petit, 20 Capel St., Dublin”. Social satire featuring the depiction of a woman, who is wearing a wig of tight curls, with a crown of flowers. She stands facing her reflection in a full length mirror while putting on a long glove, another glove lies on a stool, below the mirror. She wears blue pumps, a high-waisted dress of sprigged muslin, frilled at the bottom with a very low cut bodice and off-the-shoulder puffed sleeves. A pendant hangs from her neck. Her maid looks on, holding a shawl and a fan, a hand held up (as if in admiration at the result of her labours). On an adjacent table is an open box that has a label on the inside that reads 'Dunns Elastic Spring Wigg Grafton St.', a dainty bottle and a comb and a hair-brush. A small and very animated white dog stands on a chair, while nearby on the carpet lies an open book 'Gallery of Fashion dedicated to the Beau Monde', open at a fashion-plate depicting two ladies walking [a reference to Nikolaus von Heideloff's monthly 'Gallery of Fashion', published between 1794 and 1803, that contained hand-coloured etchings and aquatints]. In the left foreground is an open trunk with an outfit hanging out over the edge of it. Beside this is a dressing-table with several containers, a vase, several bottles and pieces of jewellery on it. Hanging on the wall is a framed picture entitled 'Evening', depicting two ladies, seen from behind, one holding a fan wearing a bonnet with a large brim and is conversing with a lady opposite her. Below this hangs a large ornate bag or reticule. A small book-case hanging on the wall is open, with a key in the lock.
Created: Dublin : J. Le Petit, 20 Capel St., [n.d., ca. 1810-1820?].
Language: English
Extent: 1 print : hand coloured etching, image 25 x 19.9 cm., on sheet 38.2 x 25.8 cm..
Call Number: PD 2121 TX 1 (19) (Collection unavailable)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.