The City Rout

After Richard St. George Mansergh St. George British
Published London by Matthias Darly British
Published London by Mary Darly British

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Two elaborately dressed, coarse looking women face one another at a "rout" or social gathering for City of London tradesmen and their wives. Members of this class had recently grown wealthy through trade and could afford to ape the aristocracy. The image suggests that the adornments chosen by these party-goers are ill-suited to their bulky forms and graceless manners. In addition to richly embellished gowns and elaborate high hair-dos, one woman wears long ostrich feathers – expensive status symbols made au courant by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Refreshments carried by a short liveried waiter with unkempt hair underscore the mixture of low class and high taste. Elegant jelly glasses perch above a down-to-earth pie and foaming tankard of ale.

The City Rout, After Richard St. George Mansergh St. George (Irish, ca. 1750–1798), Etching

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