Satirizing the macaroni fad of the 1770s, this print depicts a father’s surprise at his son’s embrace of this fashion. Typical elements include the tight fitting clothes, large sword and walking stick, and the impossibly tall wig surmounted by a tiny hat.


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Artist
English
possibly after Samuel Hieronymus Grimm, Swiss, 1733–1794, active England
Publisher
R. Sayer and J. Bennett, London, London, 1774/77–1784
Title
What is this my Son Tom
Date
1774
Medium
Mezzotint on laid paper
Dimensions
Plate: 13 7/8 × 9 7/8 in. (35.2 × 25.1 cm) Sheet: 14 3/16 × 10 in. (36 × 25.4 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, museum purchase funded by Jack S. Blanton, Jr. in honor of William J. Hill

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.2015.7
Classification
Prints
Provenance

[Bergquist Fine Arts, by 2014]; to Bayou Bend Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2014