The Five Orders of Perriwigs


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"The Five Orders of Perriwigs," etching, second state, 1761. A parody on a publisher's prospectus, displaying the extravagant wigs worn on formal occasions (such as the coronation of George III) by different grades of society - bishops, peers, magistrates, lawyers, and fops - classed in a hierarchy like the orders of architecture. Cartoonists repeatedly make fun of fashion, of human foibles, perhaps the most tempting target of satire.