Prince Bulbo's Hairdresser

W. M. Thackeray


Wood engraving, probably by William Linton

7.5 cm high by 4.2 cm wide (2 ⅞ by 1 ⅝ inches), vignetted

Twenty-third illustration for Thackeray’s The Rose and The Ring, p. 337.

Descriptive headline: "Giglio's Jealous of the Crim-Tartar Prince and Laughs at Him" (pp. 336-337). Bulbo proves something of a clothes-horse, and has a tonsorial obsession as great as any eighteenth-century fop's: his demand for the services of a hairstylist results in the guest's appearing twenty-five minutes late for dinner.

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