Fashionable elegance

Fashionable elegance

A lady sits in an armchair, her head titled back to the side so that she can see her reflection in the large mirror on the wall behind her. She wears a loose high-waisted dress, giving the appearance of pregnancy, her full figure and large breasts are well-defined. She is wearing gloves and a turban adorned with ostrich feathers. Long locks of hair escaped from the turban, and she holds a fan in her right hand. Beneath the chair is a patterned carpet.

  • Author: Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • Title: Fashionable elegance.
  • Published: [London] : Pubd. May 22d. 1795 by H. Humphrey, N. 37 New Bond Street, [22 May 1795].

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Acquired October, 2011 by the Lewis Walpole Library.

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The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of the Yale University Library since 1980, is an internationally recognized research collection in the field of British eighteenth-century studies. Its unrivalled collection of Walpoliana includes half the traceable volumes from Horace Walpole's famous library at Strawberry Hill and many letters and other manuscripts by him. The Library's book and manuscript collections, numbering over 32,000 volumes, cover all aspects of eighteenth-century British culture. The Library is also home to the largest and finest collection of eighteenth-century British graphic art outside the British Museum; its 35,000 satirical prints, portraits, and topographical views are an incomparable resource for visual material on many facets of English life of the period. Located in Farmington, Connecticut, forty miles north of New Haven and within easy distance of Boston and New York, the Lewis Walpole Library's collections also include drawings, paintings, and furniture, all housed on a 14-acre campus with four historically important structures and extensive grounds. The Library runs an active fellowship program and sponsors conferences, lectures, and exhibitions in cooperation with other Yale libraries and departments.

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