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The Fashionable Mamma,—or—The Convenience of Modern Dress
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James Gillray (1756–1815)
The Fashionable Mamma,—or—The Convenience of Modern Dress
Etching with engraving and roulette, hand-colored
London: Published by Hannah Humphrey, February 15, 1796
NYPL, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Print Collection

"Fashionable" nursing is satirized here along with the revealing dress of the 1790s (exaggerated for effect). James Gillray portrays an aristocratic woman feeding her goggle-eyed spawn while the coach waits to carry her to more diverting occupations. The peasant in the painting on the wall shows the sentimental side of maternity, and comments ironically on the fashionable mamma's lack of affection.

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