C1819

A Dandy and Dandyzette, or a retour de l'Opera

Caption at top left: Come and sit down my dear little Dandy, And I’ll give you a bit of White Sugar Candy. Caption at top right: No Miss I thank you, I really cannot stay, For between you and I, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Dandy and Dandyzette, or a retour de l’Opera

Date:

C1819

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

335mm 
x 240mm

Paper Size: 

455mm 
x 270mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Dandy and Dandyzette, or a retour de l'Opera - Antique Print from 1819

Genuine antique
dated:

1819

Description:

Caption at top left: Come and sit down my dear little Dandy, And I’ll give you a bit of White Sugar Candy.
Caption at top right: No Miss I thank you, I really cannot stay, For between you and I, I’ve Nothing more to say.

A young woman invites the young man to sit next to her causing him to blush. At her foot is an open book with the words, Art and Love.

The practice of dandyism first appeared in the revolutionary 1790s, both in London and in Paris. Charles Baudelaire defined the dandy: “Contrary to what a lot of thoughtless people seem to believe, dandyism is not even an excessive delight in clothes and material elegance. For the perfect dandy, these things are no more than the symbol of the aristocratic superiority of his mind.”

A rare Irish issued satirical cartoon by the Dublin based publisher William McCleary based on George Cruikshank (1792-1878) cartoon. In this version McCleary has added two females at who are looking at the couple through the window.

William McCleary (1799 - 1820)

McCleary was one of the major Irish publishers of mainly pirated copies of London satirical prints. He began trading from premises located at 31 Lower Ormond Quay in 1791 and by 1798 his business had become sufficiently successful to allow him to move to a larger shop located on Nassau Street. McCleary’s decision in copying the caricatures of his rival and fellow Dubliner J. Sidebotham and undercutting the prices of the pirated versions of Sidebotham's caricatures. resulted into a long lasting feud between the two publishers. His trading addresses: 31 & later 18 Lower Ormond Quay (1791-1798) 21 Nassau Street, Dublin (1799, 1820) 32 Nassau Street, Dublin (1808) 39 Nassau Street, Dublin (1820)

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