William Hogarth

British, b.1697, d.1764

The Five Orders of Perriwigs

  • 1761
  • Etching
  • Gift of Prof. H. John Simpson and family, in memory of Ming Simpson, 2017
  • 372 x 285mm
  • 2017/048

William Hogarth created this engraving several weeks after the coronation of George III and Queen Charlotte, entertained by the range of elaborate coiffure there on display. Satirising both contemporary fashion and the vogue for analysing ancient classical architecture, he categorised hairpieces into architectural orders and labelled them with faux expert terms.

(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)

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