George Cruikshank, 1792-1878, British; George Humphrey, London, publisher
Etching with hand coloring
One in a series of eight prints by George Cruikshank satirizing fashions of early nineteenth-century London. (See also 1989.21.1615A-B)
The series is titled "The Monstrosities" after work by James Gillray.
Public parks such as Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and St. James Park were popular with Londoners because they offered areas
of green grass, and, moreover, served as convenient social meeting places. The middle and upper classes donned their best
attire and either strolled or rode through the parks, hoping to impress others with their good taste and latest fashions.
[Helmreich, Life in London]
Catalogue Raisonne: Reid 983; Douglas 1167; Cohn 1751; British Museum 14310
Inscription: Recto, in plate below design, "G. Cruikshank invt et fecit" at l.l.; "Pubd by G. Humphrey 27 St. James's St London
May 20 1821" at l.r.; in plate above design, "Pt 4" at u.l.; Verso, Vogler's stamp in black ink at l.r.
caricatures; dandies; fashion (concept); uniforms; urban parks