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La Françoise à Londres. The French Lady in London, or the Head Dress for the Year 1771

La Françoise à Londres. The French Lady in London, or the Head Dress for the Year 1771

Collections record: P.261-1940

1733-1794

Engraving, 1771

After Hogarth and before the French Revolution the humour directed at the French in caricatures is gentler. The satire is usually focussed on fashion and hairstyles, the latter being the subject of this print. The fashion for wealthy French women of the 1760s and 1770s was to wear their powdered hair tall, although this lady’s coiffure is monstrously exaggerated.

Given by Louis Colville Gray Clarke in 1940 ()

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