DARLY, Mary. The Oxford Macaroni.
An original etching printed by Mary Darly in January 1772. 245 x 150 mm.
Published in the album 'Caricatures, Macaronies & Characters by sundry ladies gentlemen artists &c.'
A whole length portrait of a man in profile to right. He wears a tasselled mortar-board, a pair of bands, a long gown open and showing coat, waistcoat, and knee-breeches. His hair is curled on his forehead and is in a long looped club.
It is often claimed that Marys husband Matthew made the plates, although the exact dynamics of their working relationship are still unknown.
BM Satires ref: 4990.
There was a small engraved portrait of Mary Darly in the Print Room of the British Museum; it is called "The Female Connoisseur" (February 1772). She is depicted examining a caricature sketch.