Heath, William. (1795–1840)

"Opera Reminiscences: Hat Boxes" - Original Print, 1829

Hand-colored print of "Hat Boxes", after William Heath, published in 1829 by Thomas McLean 26 Haymarket, "sole publisher of Mr. Heath."  In this illustration, Heath's sharp eye and even sharper pen are aimed at the sartorial habits of upperclass women attending the opera, the brims of their oversized hats filling their private boxes and, in the case of the patron on the left, blocking the stage entirely.  Matted, fine.  10 x 14 inches (25.4 x 35.6 cm.).

William Heath's satirical cartoons were part of the Golden Age of British satirical art, his illustrations disliked by both King George IV and the Duke of Wellington. Thomas McLean (1788–1875) was a London printseller and publisher who specialized in the publication of political caricatures.  He issued hundreds of cartoons in journals such as the Monthly Sheet of Caricatures. (18652)

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