British graces attireing the Circassian Venus in the English costume [graphic].
Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 24.8 x 34.9 cm, on sheet 25.6 x 41.8 cm
Title etched below image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Plate numbered "357" in upper right corner. Plate from: Woodward, G.M. Caricature magazine, or Hudibrastic mirror. London : Thomas Tegg, [1808?], v. 5. Temporary local subject terms: Female costume, 1819 -- Corset-bodice -- Male costume: Persian eunuchs -- Guns: Pistols -- Weapons: Scimitars -- Dill Arum (Circassian), fl. 1819.
"Three fat Englishwomen, wearing feathered bonnets, are dressing the fair Circassian, see British Museum Satires No. 13391, &c. One laces a corset-bodice, which covers her breasts and reaches almost to the knee. The victim throws up her arms, exclaiming, "Ah! Ah! me no bear dot; too tight; nasty tiff ting Me no eat no drink no do noting at all in dat." The other says: "Poh! Poh Child You will soon be used to them, and we'll shew you what You can do in them." A second woman (left), much more décolletée than the Circassian, holds a collar with vandyked edging. She says: "And then she'll like the nasty tiff ting, as well as we do they keep us in shape! Pray what would the Dandys do without them [see British Museum Satires No. 13394]." On the right are two bearded Persians wearing scimitars and pistols, the so-called eunuchs. One stoops to touch the stiff corset, saying to his companion: "Very good ting Muley No want us guarde now!" The other answers: "Ah! den we go drink de brown tout Hamet!" A woman stands behind them holding out a gown; she says over her shoulder: "Aye and you must drink a rare quantity before it will make men of ye!!" The Circassian's oriental dress and jewelled turban lie on the ground. From a band-box (left) projects an enormous bonnet vulgarly trimmed with feathers and flowers. Behind it is a dressing-table."--British Museum online catalogue.
British graces attiring the Circassian Venus in the English costume
Johnstone, Henry Arthur--Ownership. Tegg, Thomas, 1776-1845, publisher.
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Caricature magazine, or, Hudibrastic mirror.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 9, no. 13393