1 drawing : watercolor with pen and ink on wove paper ; sheet 492 x 679 mm
Title from print based on this design: "The barbers shop" published by J. Jones on 12 May 1785 "from an original drawing by H. Bunbury Esqr. in the possession of Sr. Joshua Reynolds, to whom this plate is inscribed by his much obliged & most humble servant, John Jones." Date of this drawing based on the date of the newspaper in the image. Light crease down part of middle. Tear on the left hand side, and over all slight discoloration, scuffs. Light pencil drawing on verso. Erna Hiscock Antiquities; October 2012.
A scene in a barber's shop in which the centre figure is a man seated, full-face, swathed in a sheet, while a boy (left) applies tongs to his hair, which a man (right) is combing. In the foreground (left) a customer is seated, clasping his bald head with a concerned expression as he reads a newspaper "Morning post" dated Nov. 3, 1807. Behind him, two men, their hair freshly curled, stand in profile to the left before a looking-glass (left) adjusting their cravats. Beside them is a barber's block with a large, dressed wig. On the extreme right a barber shaves a man whose face is lathered; a low table to his left contains other shaving equipment. Next, a stout man wearing top-boots, standing full-face, turning his head upwards and in profile to the left, stanches a cut on his cheek with a towel. A boy stands beside him holding a barber's basin. In the centre foreground two dogs tug at a bag-wig. A barber's block has been overturned (right). Wigs and wig-boxes decorate the back wall.
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1807 Watercolors -- British -- 19th century
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Drawer Drawings B87 no. 29
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