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The Flower Garden

  • Object:

    Satirical print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1777 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Matthias Darly (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    engraving

  • Museum number:

    E.2293-1966

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 90

Physical description

Engraving by Matthew Darly, caricature of women's wigs.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1777 (published)

Artist/maker

Matthias Darly (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

engraving

Marks and inscriptions

'MD'
Signed with monogram

'The Flower Garden'
Lettered with title

'Pub by MDarly May 1:1777. where may be had Bath Caricatures.

'15 V.2
Numbered

Dimensions

Length: 35.2 cm Taken from 'Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1966' published by HMSO 1967, Width: 24.7 cm Taken from 'Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1966' published by HMSO 1967

Descriptive line

Matthew Darly, 'The Flower Garden', caricature of women's wigs, 1777

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1966 pub. HMSO 1967

Labels and date

Matthew Darly (worked 1750–78)
‘The Flower Garden’, from the series ‘Darly’s Comic Prints of Character, Caricatures, Macaronies etc’
London, 1777
Darly’s caricature of a woman’s coiffure lampoons the 1770s vogue for increasingly elaborate hairstyles. ‘The Flower Garden’, with its temple to Mercury and labouring gardener, may seem exaggerated, but in Paris the duchesse de Lauzun wore a wig with a whole landscape in relief, complete with ducks, a windmill and a miller leading his donkey.
Etching
Published by Matthew Darly
Museum no. E.2293-1966 []

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Temple; Gardener; Flowers; Garden; Woman

Categories

Hair and hairstyles; Prints; Satire; Caricatures & Cartoons; Women's clothes; Fashion

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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