Attributed to William Heath ('Paul Pry') (British, London 1795–1840 Hampstead)
January 21, 1819
plate: 9 13/16 x 13 3/4 in. (24.9 x 34.9 cm)
sheet: 10 9/16 x 15 1/16 in. (26.8 x 38.2 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1970
Not on view
Rotten Row was the nickname for a road established along the southern edge of Hyde Park where fashionable Londoners paraded their carriages or rode on horseback. Men in particular used the site to display riding skills and show off the latest fashions. These dandies wear either spurred boots with riding britches, or ultra-fashionable short, wide-legged trousers. Their restrictive tailcoats have exaggerated narrow waists and wide lapels, but the humor is chiefly directed at their collars. The extended necks of these riders are so stiffly encased that their heads actually tilt backwards. With obscured vision, they are tossed about like ragdolls by their mounts. Subservience to fashion has turned these horsemen into ludicrous examples of folly.
Vendor: Mrs. J. B. Neumann (German, 1897–1970)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine," September 13, 2011–March 4, 2012.
Not in British Museum Satires
Nadine Orenstein, Constance C. McPhee Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine Exh. cat.: September 13, 2011 - March 4, 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven and London, 2011, Entry by Constance McPhee, cat. no. 93, pp. 92-3, 126-127, ill.