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The Old Beau in an Extasy

Print
13 July 1773 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Print depicting a macaroni or dandy seated at a dressing table and admiring himself in a mirror. The man is seated, his legs crossed, wearing a dressing gown and has curling rags in his hair; behind him stands a servant who is helping him prepare. In the background, on the wall, is a picture, possibly depicting Narcissus; to the right is a bookcase.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Mezzotint
Brief Description
Print entitled 'The Old Beau in an Extasy', depicting a dandy at his dressing table. Mezzotint by John Dixon, 1773.
Physical Description
Print depicting a macaroni or dandy seated at a dressing table and admiring himself in a mirror. The man is seated, his legs crossed, wearing a dressing gown and has curling rags in his hair; behind him stands a servant who is helping him prepare. In the background, on the wall, is a picture, possibly depicting Narcissus; to the right is a bookcase.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 462mm
  • Sheet width: 300mm
  • Image height: 353mm
  • Image width: 253mm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'The Old Beau in Extasy' (Lettered with title)
  • 'Behold this Wretch! a Fop at sixty two, / A true conceited ugly worn out Beau, / Whose Toilet boasts of every scarce Perfume / With Chinese Paint for Artificial Bloom; / A half starv'd paltry Thing - so strange all o'er / That England ne'er beheld his like before / The Girls all hate him, and at their request / Up hangs the Cap they thing will suit him best.' (Lettered with a verse)
  • '286' (Numbered)
  • 'Drawn from the Life & ect by J.Dixon / Printed for Carington Bowles at his Map & Prints Warehouse. No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Publish'd as the Act directs [13 July 1773 erased].' (Lettered)
Credit line
Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.
Collection
Accession Number
E.325-1959

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