Waist and Extravagance

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

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Heath's satire centers on a woman wearing a pink, tightly corseted gown with a flounced skirt elaborately decorated with blue ribbons echoing birds, and with three-layered puffed. The ensemble is topped with a huge hat whose huge brim is decorated below and above, and enhanced with falling ribbons. The title suggests that current fashions have reached an extreme point of development. Like many of Heath's prints from this period, it is signed with a small top-hatted dandy holding an umbrella–Paul Pry, a nosy character from a play.

Waist and Extravagance, William Heath ('Paul Pry') (British, Northumbria 1794/95–1840 Hampstead), Hand-colored etching

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