A macaroni (possibly George Colman) has snatched the wig off the head of a smaller man. This image by Matthew and Mary Darly was published in 1771 with later hand colouring. A husband-and-wife team, the Darlys developed a new British print genre--small etched caricatures their identities indicated through dress, pose and a few props. Many of these works mocked the fashionable manners of contemporary London dandies called "macaronis," and the Darly's wares soon became known as macaroni prints no matter what their subjects.
Approx 16cms by 22.5cms.