Anya Hindmarch – 18th Century illustration

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Whilst perusing Anya Hindmarch’s bags at her online store, I was instantly drawn to this delightful little bundle of joy. The ‘Marano Valentine’ clutch features an intriguing 18th century illustration by James Gillray. British caricaturist and printmaker famous for his etched political and social satires, mainly published between 1792 and 1810.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gillray

The image is entitled  Fashionable Contrasts; – or – the Duchess’s little shoe yeilding to the magnitude of the Duke’s foot, originally published by Hannah Humphrey on January 24, 1792.The print shows the feet and ankles of the Duke and Duchess of York (Frederick, Duke of York and Albany 1763-1827, son of George III, and Frederica Charlotte Ulrica 1767-1820, his wife), in an obviously copulatory position, with the Duke’s feet enlarged and the Duchess’s feet drawn very small.Response in part to contemporary press flattery of the Duchess remarking on her dainty feet and elegant footwear.

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 The clutch is £895 available from http://www.anyahindmarch.com/prod/Clutch/Handbags/Marano_Valentine/44392/

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