Bon Ton.


A dandy (left), opera-hat in hand, bends towards a lady to inspect her necklace through his glass. He has the short waist, high collar, and conspicuous watch-ribbon of the dandies, with long tight pantaloons to the ankle. She wears a short white ball-dress, and holds up a closed fan, a shawl over her left arm. She stands at the foot of a staircase on which are flowering plants in ornamental pots. Below the title: ‘”Pon honor Lady Caroline, You appear a | “divinity!—by Jove those Jewels are of the premiere | “qualité—did Love furnish them? | “On my truth Sir William You are a gay Man.’ By caricaturist and book illustrated George Cruikshank.

The Lady Caroline in question of course is the infamous Lady Caroline Lamb wife of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne and later Whig Prime Minister under a young Queen Victoria.


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