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Creator:
Print made by John Dixon, ca. 1740–1811, Irish
after John Dixon, ca. 1740–1811, Irish
Published by Carington Bowles, 1724–1793, British
Title:

The Old Beau in an Extasy

Date:
1773
Medium:
Mezzotint and etching on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 15 1/4 x 11 1/8 inches (38.7 x 28.2 cm), Plate: 13 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches (35.3 x 25.1 cm), and Image: 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches (32.7 x 25.1 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in graphite, on back, lower center: "#81"; lower right: "S.40.I"

Lettered, lower left: "286 Behold this Wretch! a Fot at Sixty two, | A true conceited, ugly worn out Beau, | Whose Toilet boasts of every scare Perfume | With Chinese Paint for Artificial Bloom;"; lower center: "Drawn from the Life & Ext by J Dixon. | The OLD BEAU | in an EXTASY | Printed for Carington Bowles , at his Map & Print Warehouse, No.69, in St. Pauls Church Yard Londom, Publish'd as the Act directs"; lower right: "A half starv'd paltry THing__ so strange all o'er | That England ne'er beheld his like before. | The Girls all hate him, and at their request | Up hangs the Cap they think will suit him best."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1970.3.862
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
barber | books | caricature | clock | drapery | flowers (plants) | genre subject | hair | hats | illustration | lace | macaroni | make-up | men | nobleman | old | painting (visual work) | patterns | perfume | ribbons | robes | satire | servants | shelves | shoes | silk | tassels | tights | toilet | wig
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:22553
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