Charming and decorative pair of Macaroni satirical caricature prints after Mary and Matthew Darly, fashionable 1770's London engravers and print sellers. At the time everything fashionable was referred to as "very Macaroni." The term seems to have originated from Englishmen who developed an exaggerated taste for the Italian after making their Grand Tour to the continent, an educational rite of passage for well-to-do European youths. Maccaroni's were the precursors of the dandy. They are inscribed as follows:
THE FORTUNATE MACARONI.
Pubd. accor. to Act March 16th 1772 by M Darly Strand
THE UNFORTUNATE MACARONI.
Pubd. accor. to Act Feby 5 1772 by M Darly Strand
Based on the dice, pack of cards and piles of coins on the table next to him, The Fortunate Maccaroni appears to be a lucky gambler. The opposite is probably the case of The Unfortunate Macaroni. Both prints come in matching frames ready to display. Perfect as a humourous touch in a guest bathroom / powder room or similar. In very good used condition with toning and minor imperfections from the time of manufacture as shown. These are 20th Century prints not 18th century pieces. Original 18th century etchings of the Macaroni series are rare and are included in the British Museum collection. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frames: 12 11/16" by 9 3/4"; Printed Image: Fortunate: 6 3/8" by 4 3/8"; Unfortunate: 6" by 4 1/2" approximately.
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