In 1775, Queen Maria Theresa of Austria-Hungary wrote to her daughter Marie-Antoinette, “Likewise I cannot help but touch upon a point that many of the papers repeat to me too often: it is the hairstyle that you wear. They say that from the roots it measures 36 pouces high and with all the feathers and ribbons that hold all of that up! You know that I have always been of the opinion that one should follow fashion moderately, but never carry it to excess."
Unmounted fan-leaf, with a hatseller's stall in a landscape at which a lady buys hats from a male and a female shopkeeper; at left, a figure of Folly in the clouds handing a feathered hat to the shopwoman; a cupid holds a scroll; on the body of the fan, floral and spangled ornaments. c.1770-90 Bodycolour on silk