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[Satirical drawing of the manufacture of an enormous hat].

[Great Britain], [approximately 1830]
Physical Description:
1 drawing : pen and brown ink ; sheet 12 x 22 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2013 21b
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Drawings & Watercolors
During the first half of the nineteenth century the bonnet dominated women's fashion, becoming increasingly large with many ribbons, flowers, feathers and gauze trims giving an appearance of even greater size. The present drawing is an amusing contemporary satire on the fashion.
The drawing lacks title, attribution, and date.
Satirical drawing depicting the construction of a gigantic hat by a team of women, armed with block and tackle, wheelbarrow, ladders, scissors, and ornamental and general plans, as well as a plan of the elevation. The prospective customer exclaims that "It is exceptionally elegant indeed but dear me! I shall never be able to get into a carriage with it." She is reassured "Oh make yourself perfectly easy about that Madam. A friend of mine is building carriages on purpose."
Subject Terms:
Fashion -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Millinery -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Women's hats -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Ink drawings.
Satires (Visual works)

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