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[Les incroyables]

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In Collection: Collection of caricatures, mainly set in Dublin
Description: On 31 December, 1796 an advertisement was published in in the 'Journal de Paris' for a print by Louis Darcis, after the painting by Antoine Charles Horace Vernet, (1758-1836), [known as Carle Vernet] entitled 'Les Incroyables' with a pendant, 'Les Merveilleuses', priced at 3 livres or 6 livres in colour [copies of both of these are present in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris]. On 7 March, 1797 the publisher S.W. Fores, No. 50 Piccadilly, London published a British version of the print, by printmaker Francis Sansom (active 1784-1799) after the painting entitled 'Les Incroyables', by Carle Vernet, the title above image was 'Parisian dresses for 1797' and below the title was 'Engraved from the originals in the possession of the publisher'. See copy present [at call number 797.03.07.01+] in the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale. This satirical print on fashion is untitled, lacking publication history and is cropped around the edges of the two figures but is extremely similar to the British version of the print after Vernet in Yale. Two 'Incroyables' are depicted, one [at left] in profile and the other [at right] in three-quarter profile. They eye each other, the Incroyable on the right looks through a monocle. Both young men wear eccentric outfits; they both have shoulder-length hair, coats with large lapels and large cravats around their neck. The figure on the left has a large gold earring and holds a walking stick and top hat in his left hand. The figure on the right wears a bicorne hat; his large jacket lapels are in sprigged fabric of a different colour to his jacket and he holds a large club-like stick, which was called a "constitution". The Incroyables [literally "incredibles"] were members of a anti-Jacobin dandyish aristocratic subculture fashionable in Paris during the French Directory (1795–1799). They wore musk-based fragrances which earned the derogatory nickname 'Muscadins'.
Created: [S.l. : s.n., n.d., ca. 1797?].
Language: English
Extent: 1 print : hand coloured etching and stipple engraving, image cropped around figures, 25.5 x 25.3 cm..
Format: PRINTS & DRAWINGS
Call Number: PD 2121 TX 1 (23) (Collection unavailable)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.