Leaving off powder, or, A frugal family saving the guinea [graphic] / Js. Gy. desn. et fect.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[10 March 1795]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 25 x 36 cm
Title etched below image. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW Temporary local subject terms: Scales -- Pictures amplifying subject: portrait of Charles II in a powdered wig -- Newspapers: 'Gazette' -- Male dress: spencers -- Sparrow-tailed coats.
"A domestic interior. A fat and ugly citizen, wearing old-fashioned dress with a small unpowdered wig, stands on the hearth-rug (right), his back to the fire; he is meditatively reading the 'Gazette', headed: 'New Taxes', and 'Bankru[pts]', his left hand plunged in his breeches pocket. Behind him on the chimney-piece is a pair of scales for weighing guineas (see BMSat 5128). His wife, bald-headed, ugly, and stout, leans back in an arm-chair, her hands raised in protest at an unpowdered wig which a grotesquely thin and ragged French hairdresser (left) proffers obsequiously. A fashionably dressed young man with cropped hair looks with imbecile surprise at his reflection in an oval mirror over the chimney-piece. His mouth is half-covered by his swathed neckcloth, he wears a short spencer (see BMSat 8192) over a sparrow-tail coat, and half-boots. A young woman with over-dressed but unpowdered (red) hair looks with dismay at her reflection in a mirror which she has snatched from the wall. On the wall is an oval bust portrait of 'Charles 2d', his tiny head framed in an immense powdered wig."--British Museum online catalogue.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8629 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 187 Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 117
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