Decline & fall of hoops in the Roman empire : manuscript.
Decline and fall of hoops in the Roman empire
Great Britain, ca. [1860?]
1 volume (32 leaves) : illustrations ; 22 x 24 cm
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Manuscript version of an illustrated satire on women's hooped dresses. The narrative, probably by a young Roman Catholic, is written on rectos only. It describes the Pope's investigation of the problem of crinolines, which prevent women from entering the confessional, and ends with an auto-de-fé of hoops in "all the principal Piazzas." Each of the 23 leaves of the narrative features an ink drawing, executed on sheets of white paper (each approximately 12 x 18 cm) pasted to leaves of the album. The work is unsigned.
Catholic Church -- Humor. | Catholics -- Great Britain. | Crinolines -- Great Britain. | Fashion. | Satire, English. | Women's clothing -- Great Britain. | Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- Humor.