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This is one of a number of comic drawings made by Nathaniel Dance after he retired from professional painting in the early 1780s. The drawing, which takes the form of a character study, appears to satirise
the kind of image found in contemporary fashion magazines.

 

The inscription, 'Dollalolla', may have been invented by the artist. It presumably refers to the type of person being caricatured rather than a specific individual.

 

September 2004