The man of feeling, in search of indispensibles; -a scene in the little French milleners

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The man of feeling, in search of indispensibles; -a scene in the little French milleners
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James Gillray

The man of feeling, in search of indispensibles; -a scene in the little French milleners

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Bohn c. 1850

260 x 360 mm

£120.

Originally published 12th. February 1800

Beneath the title: 'NB. A number of disputes having arisen in the Beau Monde, respecting the Exact Situation of the Ladies Indispensibles (or new Invented Pockets) whether they were placed at the Ancle, or in a more elegible situation, - the above Search took place, in order to determine precisely the Longitude of these inestimable conveniences'. Girls, fashionably dressed, sit sewing round a large table. In the foreground the elephantine Prince of Orange kneels, feeling the leg of two girls on his right and left; they throw up their arms and scream. The others look on, amused or astonished. The mistress of the establishment enters by the door (right), elaborately and indecorously dressed, a feathered bonnet in her hand. On the wall hang cloaks, feathers, a hat, &c, and on a shelf is a bust wearing a feathered hat. A placard: 'le Magasin de Lancastre pour Embellir les Dames Angloise [sic] - Indispencibles'. One of these pockets is on the ground, a girl works at another. They are flat trimmed bags on ribbons, with vertical slits