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L'Embarras des Capotes

Fashion Plate
1882-84 (published), c.1807 (drawn)
Place Of Origin

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

object details
Object Type
Additional TitleThe embrace of bonnets (assigned by artist)
Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
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.
Physical Description
Two women embrace and their bonnets collide, while they are observed by two men.
Credit line
Given by the House of Worth
Object history
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1957-1958 London: HMSO, 1964
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record createdJune 30, 2009
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