A pair of hand-painted British watercolor fashion caricatures, mid-19th century. Colorful watercolor illustrations with hand-written captions, poking fun at the dress and manners of elegant women of the time.
One shows ladies in ball gowns walking away from a smoking gentleman, with one saying, “That poor man has had a champagne cork for a bouquet — come along, girls!” This is captioned: “The only striking likeness of the melancholy Gentleman whose feelings after a severe supper at a ‘Newport Ball’ were to use a familiar expression ‘too many for him.’”
The other, labeled: “Time: 8:30 PM Place: Waterloo,” shows two ladies, one in a large evening gown and over-the-top feathered hat and the other in a demure cap and bonnet, along with a gentleman in evening dress; it is captioned “‘Elegance’ and ‘Inelegance’: A Touching Scene of Real Life.”
💙 Measures approx. 17.3” H x 21.25” W. The two caricatures are glued to a piece of white paper, with handwritten captions; this is glued to a larger gray sheet of paper. Good condition with wear - one spot in corner of ‘Elegance’ caricature, overall light soiling, some light wrinkling. Pencil marks and remnants of glued paper on back. See images for reference.