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Maker(s):Austin, William
Culture:English (1721-1820)
Title:The Lucky Mistake or the Buck & Blood Flourishing Macaroni-playing a Solo on the Jelly Glasses.
Date Made:1773
Materials:etching; laid paper; ink
Place Made:Great Britain: England; Great Britain: Greater London, London
Measurements:Sheet: 12 1/2 in x 15 3/4 in; 31.7 cm x 40 cm; Plate: 10 3/4 in x 14 7/8 in; 27.3 cm x 37.8 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2021.30.2
Credit Line:Museum Collections Fund
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

A satirical print depicting man on horseback riding unconcernedly past a man whom he has knocked down. The wooden leg of the latter has broken as a result of the collision, and items (jelly glasses?) lay broken on the ground around him. The man on horseback, possibly an officer, sports an enormous queue (either his own hair or more likely false hair) in the style of a cadogan or club wig. Both this wig, as well as the large nosegay the rider wears, were popular in the 1770s and often associated with the Macaroni character. An enlarged detail on the upper right-hand corner of the image depicts a close-up of the rider's queue, with the words: "Club the First Both Natural & Artificial Flowing from Simple Nature The Size, about two thirds of his Carcase Weighs . Upwards of five pounds when full Dress'd & truss'd up with Powder Lambs Wool Horse & Asses hair Eau de Mille fleurs &c. &c. &c. &.c. &c. &c." Inscribed at the bottom, "Pubd as the Act Directs May 1st 1773". On the reverse of the etching is written in pencil, "Hairdressing."

satire; fashion; hairstyles

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