C1818

The Terrified Dandies. A scene on Carlisle Bridge.

Rare Irish satirical print of two terrified dandies on the Carilse bridge, Dublin who have been accosted by a poorly dressed women who has been promised a pound note if she; “She’d seize on the two and lustily kiss them“.  … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Terrified Dandies. A scene on Carlisle Bridge.

Date:

C1818

Condition:

In good condition with unfaded original hand colouring.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

200mm 
x 265mm

Paper Size: 

280mm 
x 455mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Terrified Dandies. A scene on Carlisle Bridge. - Antique Print from 1818

Genuine antique
dated:

1818

Description:

Rare Irish satirical print of two terrified dandies on the Carilse bridge, Dublin who have been accosted by a poorly dressed women who has been promised a pound note if she; “She’d seize on the two and lustily kiss them“.  Pirated from Isaac Robert Cruikshank’s (1789-1859) caricature but printed in reverse, with McCleary’s 32 Nassau Street, Dublin address which he was at from 1808.

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.”

 

References:
McPhee, C. Infinite Jest : Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. New York 2011:.
Bills, M. The Art of Satire. London 2006: P.152-156.
Robinson, R. Caricature and the Regency Crisis: An Irish Perspective.:.
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Collections:
Library Trinity College Dublin: Reference Number OLS CARI-ROB 551
British Museum London: 1991,0126.4

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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