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Description "Tippies of 1796", a rather stylized and extreme March 6th 1796 fashion caricature by Richard Newton, paying special attention to headgear (this is presumably the "tip" in "tippy"). The ca. 1796-1798 fashion of one or two feathers issuing vertically from a woman's headdress is parodied through exaggeration, as are also women's neo-classically influenced gown styles (rather new in England in 1796), and men's ultra-tight trousers (or "calf-clingers" in the slang of the period). The woman appears to be wearing a short "spencer" jacket which has been made sleeveless for the purposes of caricature, and of course women's dresses of 1796 weren't actually slit to the upper thigh (hemlines of skirts always descended to within an inch or two above the ankle, at highest, and were frequently even longer).

Bibliographic information on the LoC site:

TITLE: Tippies of 1796 / R. Newton del[ineavit]. et fecit.

CALL NUMBER: PC 3 - 1796--Tippies of 1796 (A size) [P&P]

REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-59603 (b&w film copy neg.) No known restrictions on publication.

SUMMARY: Print shows a man and a woman wearing the latest fashion in hats.

MEDIUM: 1 print : etching, hand-colored.

CREATED/PUBLISHED: London : Pub'd by W. Holland, Oxford St., 1796 March 6.

CREATOR: Newton, Richard, 1777-1798, artist.

NOTES: Title from item. Forms part of: British Cartoon Collection (Library of Congress).


  • Hats--1790-1800.
  • Feathers--1790-1800.
  • Relations between the sexes--England--1790-1800.

FORMAT: Satires (Visual works) British 1790-1800. Etchings British Hand-colored 1790-1800.

DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b07345

CARD #: 2003675457
Date 6 March 1796
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Author Richard Newton, Published by W. Holland, Oxford St.


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