This is a fabulous satirical print relating to the court of King George IV.
This one lampoons the recent fashions - in particular the craze for lady's wearing very large hats.
This one was made by William Heath (also known as Paul Pry) and published by Thomas McLean in London (1828). So now nearly 200 years old.
There is a fine collection of prints by Heath in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London which lampoon the Royalty and Politicians of the Georgian era. This print is a harder satirical print to source - another impression in just as fine condition is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and another in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
My print comes from a 19th Century collector's album - and it has never been on display - so all the original hand-colouring is fresh with no fading.
The print shows a fashionable court lady in one of the biggest hats that I have ever seen. She is out for a walk and there is a shower of rain. Her hat is so large - that two men are able to join her and shelter under the brim.
As you can see from all my photographs, it is in fine antique condition and has recently been professionally re-framed with a cream-coloured, acid-free window mount and simple black wooden frame.
The image measures 35 x 24 cm and the frame is 48.5 x 35.5 cm.
It is a lovely artwork - and a fabulous piece of British history. It is all ready for you to just hang on your wall.
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