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L'Embarras des Capotes

  • Object:

    Fashion plate

  • Place of origin:

    France (published)

  • Date:

    1882-84 (published)
    c.1807 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    La Mésangère, Pierre Antoine Leboux de la, born 1761 - died 1830 (artist)
    Rocault, Jules (printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the House of Worth

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 96, shelf D, box 17

Physical description

Two women embrace and their bonnets collide, while they are observed by two men.

Place of Origin

France (published)


1882-84 (published)
c.1807 (drawn)


La Mésangère, Pierre Antoine Leboux de la, born 1761 - died 1830 (artist)
Rocault, Jules (printmaker)

Materials and Techniques


Object history note

This print is part of a very large collection of reference material including fashion plates, engravings, original drawings and illustrations that were collected by the fashion design house of Paquin at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Many bear the stamp of Paquin's archivist at the time. They were acquired by the V&A in 1957 when, following the closure of the combined houses of Paquin and Worth, the Worth/Paquin archives and design books were donated to the Museum.

Descriptive line

Jules Rocault, after Pierre La Mésangère. 'L'embarras des capotes' (The embrace of bonnets).
Illustration from La France et les Français à Travers les Siècles, published in Saint-Antoine, 1882-1884.
Copied after a 1802-12 satirical print by La Mésangère published as part of the Le Bon Genre series.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1957-1958 London: HMSO, 1964


Printing ink




Designs; Fashion; Clothing; Hats & headwear; Women's clothes; Satire; Men's clothes; Caricatures & Cartoons; Children's clothes; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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