This amusing but unkind caricature shows a couple dressed to the nines out for a walk. She wears a huge hat, low-cut dress, a muff, chain with a cross at the neck and a clearly visible Macaroni watch chatelaine. It was not uncommon in this style of watch wearing for the watch to be pinned on one side of the high waist with the chain passing across the body to another attachment with dependent tassels and breloques (trinkets). He wears a hat, very high collar and cravat, a long-tailed jacket and typical Regency long cream trousers with stirrups going under the shoes. He carries an elaborate cane but of major interest is his prominent wide watch chain which appears to be coloured ribbon with a key and seals as breloques. The watch would be held in a watch pocket at the waist. The artist of this interesting caricature is unknown but it is published by Johnston of 98 Cheapside and would date to the early 19th century. The condition is very good for age though there is some staining; the colours are very vibrant. It is currently held within a mat and can be sent within the mat or removed and rolled in a cylinder for postage. Cost of postage will depend on choice and destination. This image is of interest to those involved with Regency fashions and accessories. Framed image is 9 ins (22.8cm) x 13 ins (33cm). Mat measures 16 ins (40.5cm) x 20 ins (50.8cm). This item appears in my books. "Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance" on page 61 and “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 47.
Hand-coloured Caricature 'Originals' Depicting Regency Couple, Published by Johnston
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