'Living Made Easy', print, London, England, 1830

Made:
1830 in London
maker:
McLean, Thomas

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Print. Living Made Easy. Revolving Hat. / London. Pubd. by T. McLean, 26, Haymarket. Jany 1, 1830. Etching, handcol.; trimmed to 15.7x25.5cm.

The ‘revolving hat’ shown here is a caricature of the accessories a fashionable gentleman in the 1830s should possess. The hat removes the ‘intolerable trouble of holding them’. That's why the print’s name is ‘Living Made Easy.’

The accessories include spectacles, hearing trumpet, a scent box and a cigar. Spectacles and eyeglasses were functional and fashionable. They existed in different varieties and designs. A range of materials was used. Varieties included a quizzer eyeglass like the man on the right is looking through. The scent box is probably a form of pomander filled with sweet smelling herbs. These were believed to protect against disease spread by foul smells and miasma.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1986-264
type:
print
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • eyeglass
  • single eyeglass
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • aural aid
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Edmunds, A.

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