Three Principal Requisites to Form a Modern Man of Fashion

Thomas Rowlandson British
Subject Samuel Elias Dutch

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Three men distinguished by their outfits represent different London types. The figure at right is "Dress[ed] Like a Coachman" and says "I think this will do–what do you say old one–shall I give you a lift." At center, a man described as a "Study Boxing and Bull Baiting" says "What do ye say Jack – will you sup with me to night–there will be only the Ruffian and Dutch Sam a D–d snug party" ("Dutch Sam" was Samuel Elias, a Jewish pugilist from Holland who became England's boxing champion 1811–14. The "Ruffian" was a nickname applied to several boxers). At right, a dandy dubbed "Speak the Slang Language Fluently" says "Vat you dont know Slang eh–pretty company you are for a Gemmen [gentleman]."

Three Principal Requisites to Form a Modern Man of Fashion, Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London), Hand-colored etching

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