A Desert [sic]–Imitation of Modern Fashion

William Heath ('Paul Pry') British
Publisher Thomas McLean British

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Heath here makes use of an artistic tradition associated with Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526/27–1593) to create an inventive fashion satires. An inverted, partly fluted, claret-shaped wine-glass represents the corseted torso and laring skirt of a woman, its upturned base turned into a wide hat brim. Its crown is formed by a cork, and bunches of grapes and hanging leaves create bows and ribbons. Below, two pears act as puffed sleeves. Like many of Heath's prints from this period, the work is signed with a small top-hatted dandy holding an umbrella–Paul Pry, a nosy character from a play.

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