Inconveniences of a Crowded Drawing Room, May 6, 1818

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Cruikshank amusingly satirized the comical inelegance of a crowded drawing room, in this instance a royal reception given by Queen Charlotte at Buckingham Palace. He lampooned the participants with their absurd fashions and horrified, snooty expressions as awkward moments unfold. A contemporary had complained of the less-than-exclusive crowd attending the queen's drawing rooms: "The crowds are so great and so little decorum attended to, that people's clothes are literally torn to pieces."

Inconveniences of a Crowded Drawing Room
Artist Life
1792 - 1878
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