Card (Keyhole Collection): Ladies in a carriage
Ladies in a carriage. A New Conveyance to the regions of Folly. Matthew Darly (Published by); 1776; London. The Bute Archive Mount Stuart. Ladies in a Carriage
Keyhole Collection cards bring art and history together in hand-crafted letterpress greetings cards which are bold and beautiful, thought-provoking and tactile. Every card gives a new lease of life to images that have been tucked away in archives, museums, library’s and special collections. They show images that may be of small or great importance. Images that give a glimpse of the past with a quirky, contemporary edge.
The Vis a vis bisected, or The Ladies Co-op.
The Bute Collection at Mount Stuart has fantasticly humorous collection of portraiture and satirical etchings that mock the excesses of high fashion and politics in Georgian Britain. There are several attributed to Matthew Darly. He and his wife Mary specialised in caricature, firstly concentrating on political satire in the politically unstable 1750’s and then later on the world of fashion.
These prints were primarily a source of amusement to the public of the time, but now give a fascinating insight into what was an increasingly fashion conscious society and its obsession with vanity. We can see the Georgian pre-occupation with the latest trends and the style of their French contemporaries. This etching makes fun of two women with absurdly large hair-styles. These wigs and high hair fashion were for both men and women and hindered people’s ability to go about their normal lives. Here the ladies are seen sitting on the floor of their carriage in order to fit in.