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The Acme of Fashion, or the secrets of the toilet discover'd, intended as a lesson for the Stiff Necked Generation in the Art and Mystery of Starch'd Collars by a Nobleman

Satirical Print
early 19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Caricature of a man lying on a table having his collar ironed. Lettered with title etc. and 'Pub. by McCleary, 39 Nassau Street, Dublin'.
read A brief history of men's underwear From 19th-century ruffle-fronted shirts to 1990s Calvin Kleins, Shaun Cole, Associate Professor in Fashion at Winchester School of Art, explores the hidden history of men's underwear in this edited extract from the V&A book, 'Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear'.
Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Etching, coloured by hand
Brief description
Print by unknown artist, 'The Acme of Fashion', published by McCleary. Ireland, circa 1800-1825.
Physical description
Caricature of a man lying on a table having his collar ironed. Lettered with title etc. and 'Pub. by McCleary, 39 Nassau Street, Dublin'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 25.08cm
  • Width: 34.29cm
Taken from Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1955-1956 London: HMSO 1963
Marks and inscriptions
'Pub. by McCleary, 39 Nassau Street, Dublin' (Lettered with title etc. and)
Credit line
Given by Mr. Geoffrey A. Whittall
Subject depicted
Bibliographic reference
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1955-1956 London: HMSO, 1963
Collection
Accession number
E.467-1955

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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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