This is a most uncomplimentary black and white engraving by the renowned Isaac Cruikshank showing an older lady of the Georgian era dressed in her finery. She is wearing a prominent miniature and a clear image of the asymmetric style of watch and chatelaine which has a long chain and tassel. Her maid is about the place her elaborate hat of her balding head and her parasol is on the floor. She has black patches on her face. The engraving is labelled “A Maiden Ewe, Drest Lamb Fashion” as well as “the end of these things is death”. It was published on 15 September, 1796 by Laurie & Whittle of London. The condition of the image is very good for age. It is currently housed in a cream mat. Although unkind, this is an important image as it illustrates the fashion of the day, in particular the wearing of a miniature and a clearly defined watch chatelaine of the asymmetric style. It can be sent within the mat or removed and rolled in a cylinder for postage. Cost of postage will depend on choice and destination. Framed image is 7.75 ins (19.6cm) x 10 ins (25.3cm). Mat measures 12 ins (30.5cm) x 14.75 ins (37.3cm). This item appears in my books, “Chatelaines Utility to Glorious Extravagance on page 54 and “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 30.
Black & White Engraving by Isaac Cruikshank, 1796, Watch & Chain Miniature
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