C1818

A Nice Gentleman- An Exquisite Dandy – Prodigious!!

A dandy is depicted walking in profile, bending at the waist. His features and dress are also inscribed with the names of food: his red carbuncled rose is Currant Jelly, his shallow broad-brimmed hat (an eccentricity) is Calves Head Jelly … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Nice Gentleman- An Exquisite Dandy – Prodigious!!

Date:

C1818

Condition:

Minor creasing at lower sheet edge, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

230mm 
x 320mm

Paper Size: 

285mm 
x 385mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Nice Gentleman- An Exquisite Dandy - Prodigious!! - Antique Print from 1818

Genuine antique
dated:

1818

Description:

A dandy is depicted walking in profile, bending at the waist. His features and dress are also inscribed with the names of food: his red carbuncled rose is Currant Jelly, his shallow broad-brimmed hat (an eccentricity) is Calves Head Jelly and Pancake; the cravat which covers neck, cheek, and chin is Puff Paste; his loose short trousers are White Sugar Bags; his handkerchief Blow Monge; his long spurs Gilt Gingerbread. 

Companion print to:  A Nice Lady or an Incomparable!!

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), 12 September 1818, cartoon but reversed.

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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