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An obese bald-headed old man seated in an armchair while a hairdresser pours macassar oil from a bottle on to his scalp. Etching after T. Rowlandson, ca. 1814.
- Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827.
- [ca. 1814]
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At his feet is a basin to receive the overflow, and on the ground is a fool's cap with ears. Right, a woman looks in astonishment at her a shock of brown hair reflected in a wall-mirror
[London?] : [T. Tegg?], [ca. 1814]
1 print : etching, with watercolour ; image 32 x 23.3 cm
Macassar oil, an oily puff for soft heads. Rowlandson del.
Related to: British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, no. 12405
Wellcome Library no. 33387i
Lettering within the etching: across the wall a large placard is inscribed "Macassar oil, for the growth of hair is the finest invention ever known for increasing hair on bald places, its virtues are pre-emininent for improving and beautifying the hair of ladies and gentlemen - this invaluable oil recommended on the basis of truth and experience is sold at one guinea pr. bottle by all the perfumers and medicine venders in the kingdom", on the wall above the mirror another placard reads "Wonderful discovery carrotty or grey whiskers changed to black brown or blue", also on a bottle of wig oil "Wig oil one guinea pr bottle"
Bears number: "265"