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The Old Beau in an Extasy

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    13 July 1773 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dixon, John (engraver)
    Dixon, John (artist)
    Bowles, Carington, born 1724 - died 1793 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EM, shelf 20, box B

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.

Place of Origin

London (published)


13 July 1773 (published)


Dixon, John (engraver)
Dixon, John (artist)
Bowles, Carington, born 1724 - died 1793 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


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


'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].'


Height: 35.2 cm, Width: 25.4 cm

Descriptive line

Print entitled 'The Old Beau in an Extasy', depicting a dandy at his dressing table. Mezzotint by John Dixon, 1773.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.



Subjects depicted

Vanity; Camp; Servant; Toilette; Wig; Bookcase; Fashion; Dressing gown; Mirror; Macaroni; Dandy; Toilet


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons; Gender and Sexuality


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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