Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Satirical Hair










I was browsing the always fascinating BibliOdyssey blog and came across this wonderful post on satirical English and French cartoons lampooning the (literal) rise of fashionable hairstyles in the late 1760s. See more here.

Credits, from top to bottom: Miss Prattle, Consulting Doctor Double Fee about her Pantheon Head Dress, hand-coloured mezzotint published by Carington Bowles in 1771; The Flower Garden, hand-coloured etched engraving published by M Darly in 1777; La Françoise à Londres (The French Lady in London), 1771 anonymous print after Samuel H Grimm; Chloe's Cushion, or, The Cork Rump, print made by M Darly in 1777; Le Stratageme Amoureux, ou la Toilette à la Mode (The Lovers' Strategy or Fashionable Grooming), anonymous 1770s etching; Fruit Stall, etching published by Matthew Darly in London in 1777; Quadrille - Evening Fashions - Dedicated to the Heads of the Nation, 1827 print by William Heath and published by Thomas McLean; Docking the Macaroni, a 1773 hand-coloured mezzotint published by Carington Bowles; The Macaroni, mezzotint by Philip Dawe; printed for John Bowles in 1773.

8 comments :

Tonia said...

Now that really IS big hair!

Simply Defined Design said...

I wish I was French! Merci!

Punctuation Mark said...

That's funny... sometimes when it's really humid i feel a bit like that... ha!

Lady Grey said...

these are great!

Allie said...

Reminds me of "Marie Antoinette"!

Pretty Things said...

That puts my big hair I used to rock to shame!

Mademoiselle Thé Dansant said...

this really made my day! i've always had a weak spot for 18th century ginormous hairdo's :)
bisous,
Miss TD

automatism said...

So glad you all enjoyed these as much as I did!

:-)

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