'Preparatory School for Young Ladies', 1840s.
2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

'Preparatory School for Young Ladies', 1840s.

Leech, John

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


One of two colour etchings by John Leech (1817-1864), lampooning the current fashion for cookery schools. This cartoon shows a group of young women being taught to cook. A man in the centre holds a book open on a page reading 'Gastronomic Regeneration', while the lady standing opposite him insists: 'If you please Sir, I think I know my Plum Pudding!'. Meanwhile the girl on the bench complains: 'Oh dear! I never shall learn this horrid omelette!'.



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