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30 Extraordinary Characters &c. Described in the Work.
30 Extraordinary Characters &c. Described in the Work.
[n.d. c.1860.]
Stipple. Sheet: 250 x 190mm (9¾ x 7½"). Trimmed, vertical crease and paper loss in bottom left corner. Laid on album sheet.
A collection of thirty freaks and figures, both shunned and celebrated by contemporary society, including: Masaniello, the Neapolitan fisherman who supposedly led an uprising against the Spanish Habsburg rule in Naples in 1647; Billy Waters, one of many black beggars in early 19th-century London; Bampfylde Moore Carws (1693-1759), the English rogue, vagabond and imposter, who claimed to be King of the Beggars; Count Joseph Boruwlaski, the Polish dwarf who fell in love with Durham; Sir Thomas Parkyns (1662-1741), the noted wrestler, seen here clenching his fists, and the author of a book on Cornish Hugg wrestling; Samuel Horsey, who claimed that the surgeon Mr Abernethy cut off his legs without any explanation, who can be seen sliding along Charing Cross; and Lord Rokeby (1712-1800), the English eccentric nobleman who preferred a watery environment to a dry one. Key below identifying the figures, and images of natural phenomena (a water spout, volcanic eruption etc) around the edges.
[Ref: 44689]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[Jester with books.]
[Jester with books.] Este retrato pintado por Don Diego Velazquez no se ha podido averiguar ciertamente de quien es [...]
Velazquez lo pinto Leon Bueno le dibuzo Francisco Muntaner lo gr.do en Madrid 1792
Engraving, platemark 475 x 335mm (18¾ x 13¼") very large margins. Repaired surface loss on left.
Engraving after one of several portraits of clowns, jesters and dwarfs at the court of Philip IV painted by Diego Velazquez (1559-1660). The 1644 painting from which this engraving is made (Madrid, Prado), is traditionally supposed to depict Diego de Acedo, a jester in the service of the king from 1635-60. Rare engraving by Francisco Muntaner (1743-1805), printmaker trained in Madrid who also produced illustrations for a 1780 edition of 'Don Quixote'.
[Ref: 41278]   £220.00  
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William Aldridge. Aged 112.
William Aldridge. Aged 112.
Published April 1.st 1794, by T Cadell, Strand.
Etching and stipple, with large margins. Plate 184 x 140mm. 7¼ x 5½". Creasing through centre.
Portrait; half length, seated, to the front, turned very slightly to the right; his left hand raised to his chest. William Aldridge (1584-1698) was Wheelwright at Acton and a centenarian.
[Ref: 24241]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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To the President & Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries and to all the other Lovers of the Antique.  Elizabeth Alexander, Widow, aged 104, humbly dedicates this Portrait of Herself. Price, 5s. :Pray remember the Poor.
To the President & Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries and to all the other Lovers of the Antique. Elizabeth Alexander, Widow, aged 104, humbly dedicates this Portrait of Herself. Price, 5s. :Pray remember the Poor.
[Drawn & etched by Maria Catherine Fanshawe]
Published as the Act directs May 8, 1806, for Elizah.Alexander & Elizh.Atkins, No.11, Hanway Yard.
Etching. 324 x 308mm.
[Ref: 2393]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[John Baker of Ditchingham.]
[John Baker of Ditchingham.]
[n.d., c.1806.]
Coloured etching. Sheet 220 x 165mm (8¾ x 6½"). Trimmed within plate,
A portrait caricature of John Baker of Ditchingham, in the style of Dighton. It shows him in old age, full-length, walking cobbles, both hands behind his back, holding top hat. The attribution comes from the BM example, which is titled in pencil; Baker is described as an eccentric character but the print is classified as a portrait of an 'acrobat/street-performer', although giving no details.
BM: 1853,0112.2206.
[Ref: 41735]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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John Bigg the Dinton Hermit, baptized 22nd April, 1629, buried 4th April, 1696 [...]
John Bigg the Dinton Hermit, baptized 22nd April, 1629, buried 4th April, 1696 [...] He was formerly Clerk to Simon Mayne of Dinton, one of the Judges who passed sentence on King Charles the first. He lived at Dinton (co. Bucks) in a cave, had been a man of tolerable wealth, was looked upon as a pretty good scholar, and of no contemptible parts. Upon the restoration he grew melancholy, betook himself to a recluse life, and lived by charity, but never asked for any thing but leather, which he would immediately nail to his clothes. He kept 3 bottles that hung to his girdle, viz. for strong and small beer, and milk; his shoes are still preserved; they are very large, and made up of about a thousand patches of leather...
R.L. Fecit.
Published Dec.r 10th 1787, by W.Richardson, at his Antient and Modern Print Warehouse No.174 Strand.
Etching on watermarked paper, 260 x 180mm. (10¼ x 7"). Trimmed to platemark.
It has been suggested that Bigg was Charles I's executioner, given sanctuary and anonymity on one of the regicide's estates.
Not in BM.
[Ref: 29408]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr. Henry Blacker the British Giant.
Mr. Henry Blacker the British Giant. Born near Cuckfield in Sussex 1724...
[n.d., c.1751.]
Engraving. Sheet: 125 x 205mm (5 x 8"). Light foxing. Cut on right, small margins on 3 sides.
A portrait of giant Henry Blacker shown amongst a group of men and women. From the 'Wonderful Magazine'.
[Ref: 45034]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr. Henry Blacker the British Giant.
Mr. Henry Blacker the British Giant. Born near Cuckfield in Sussex 1724. He is thought by all who have viewed him, to be the tallest Man ever exhibited in England, measuring 7 Feet 4 Inches & exceeds ye famous Mynheer Cajanus who was shewn with so much applause several years ago.
[Pub. by C. Johnson, c.1760]
Engraving, 190 x 115mm (7½ x 4½"). Trimmed close to image, losing 'Wonderful Magazine' heading and publication line.
Henry Blacker, who came to London in 1751 to launch his career as a travelling giant, and is here compared with the Finnish giant Daniel Mynheer Cajanus (1704-49). From the 'Wonderful Magazine'.
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Mr. Edw.d Bright late of Malden in Essex.
Mr. Edw.d Bright late of Malden in Essex. Who died November 10, 1750. Aged 29 Years. He weigh'd 43 Stone & ½ (14tt toye Stone) which is 609 pounds.
J.J Haid et filius excud. A.V.
[n.d. c. 1760].
Mezzotint, platemark 410 x 290mm (16 x 11½"). Staining below image. Small margins.
Edward Bright, a grocer from Maldon, Essex, famed for his corpulence. Amongst other men of the 18th century also famous for their weight, Bright, at 42 stone, far exceeded John Love of Weymouth (d.1793, 26 stone) but was still far from the weight of the most famous, Daniel Lambert of Leicester (1770-1809, 52¾ stone). An American contemporary, Miles Darden, outweighed even Lambert at 71 stone. Mezzotint published by the Haid family of Nuremberg, Germany, copied from a mezzotint by James McArdell, the well-known Irish engraver. McArdell's print was itself based on a portrait by David Ogborne (d.1800/1801), a painter based in Chelmsford, Essex who gained a certain reputation by painting local provincial monsters such as a calf with six legs and a winged fish.
For Lambert see ref. 17776.
[Ref: 41178]   £380.00  
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The Effigies of Mr. Duncan Campbell the Dumb Gentleman.
The Effigies of Mr. Duncan Campbell the Dumb Gentleman.
Hill Pinx. Price Sculp.
[n.d. c.1819.]
Rare engraving. Plate 171 x 102mm. 6¾ x 4".
Duncan Campbell (c.1680-1730) was a Scottish deaf-mute and professed soothsayer. He went to London in 1694, where his predictions attracted attention in fashionable society. He ran into so much debt that he went to Rotterdam to enlist as soldier and returned to London a few years later, where he read a wealthy young widow's fortune to his own benefit, and having taken a house in Monmouth Street, he found himself again a centre of attraction.
[Ref: 24002]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Bampfylde Moore Carew King of the Beggars.
Bampfylde Moore Carew King of the Beggars. From the Original Picture in the Possession of Tho.s Carew Esq.r of Crowcombe in Somersetshire.
Rich.d Phelps pinx. J. Faber fecit 1750
Mezzotint with large margins, very fine, platemark 335 x 230mm
Portrait of Bampfylde Moore Carew (1693 - 1759), impostor, taken from the portrait by Richard Phelps (London, National Portrait Gallery) At the age of twelve he was sent to Tiverton school, where he became involved with schoolboys who owned a pack of hounds, and one day they followed a deer so far that neighbouring farmers came to complain of the damage done. To avoid punishment the youths ran away and joined some gypsies. His career was a long series of swindling and imposture, very ingeniously carried out, occasionally deceiving people who should have known him well. His restless nature then drove him to embark for Newfoundland, where he stopped but a short time, and on his return he pretended to be the mate of a vessel, and eloped with the daughter of a respectable apothecary of Newcastle-on-Tyne, whom he afterwards married. When Clause Patch, a king, or chief of the gipsies, died, Carew was elected his successor, although he was transported to Maryland. On his arrival he escaped and met some Indians, who relieved him of his collar. He then travelled to Pennsylvania (where he pretended to be a quaker), stopping in Philadelphia, New York, and New London, from where he embarked for England. He escaped impressment on board a man-of-war by pricking his hands and face, and rubbing in bay salt and gunpowder, so as to simulate small-pox. After his landing he continued his impostures, found out his wife and daughter, and seems to have wandered into Scotland about 1745, and is said to have accompanied the Pretender to Carlisle and Derby.
[Ref: 31258]   £460.00  
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Patrick O' Brien.
Patrick O' Brien.
J. Parry delt. A. Van Assen sculpt.
London Pub. Feby. 16. 1805 by J. Parry, No.5 Bentinck Street, Soho.
Hand coloured etching. Watermark John Wise 1804; Plate: 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼") very large margins.
Caricature portrait of Patrick Cotter (O'Brien) (1760 or 1761 - 1806), Irish giant; a tiny woman tugs at his breaches. With accompanying letterpress sheet from 'Extraordinary characters of the nineteenth century' published by J. Parry 1805. Contains plates and descriptions of 18 characters including William Henry West Betty, John Boydell and Giovanni Baptista Belzoni.
[Ref: 39987]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Sir John Dinely Baronet.
Sir John Dinely Baronet.
W. Hopkins 1809.
Etching. 175 x 230mm very large margins. Foxing in margin.
John Dineley-Goodere (1729-1809), famous eccentric, wearing wig and bicorn. His father, Samuel Goodere, was convicted and hanged for the murder of his elder brother Sir John Dineley Goodere, 2nd Baronet in 1741. His older twin brother inherited the title, but died insane in 1761 aged 32. John wasted what money was left in the estate and, being nearly destitute, was given the pension and residence of a poor knight of Windsor (within the castle) through the intervention of Lord North. He spent the rest of his life trying to marry into money, randomly handing out marriage proposals to women he saw in the street.
[Ref: 44371]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Doctor Adam Donald, Prophet of Bethelnie. Born Anno 1703. ob: Anno 1780.
Doctor Adam Donald, Prophet of Bethelnie. Born Anno 1703. ob: Anno 1780.
J: Ws: ad viv: delint. 1772.
A rare copper engraving. Plate 146 x 89mm. 5¾ x 3½".
Adam Donald (1703-1780) a man considered to be 'supernatural in mind as waell as in body'. He was consulted by many people as a physician and somone who understood the acts of witchcraft. His readings of situations formed the view that he was a marvellous prophet. His house was an open house, which saw a full attendance on Sunday's of visitors of various sorts, consulting him as necromancer or physician.
[Ref: 16193]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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[France] The Chevalier Du Halley Descazeaux. Drawn by Publick Fancy. Walking (Sick & Stout) in the Streets of London; with no other Fear, but the Fear of God before his Eyes. The Second Edition.
[France] The Chevalier Du Halley Descazeaux. Drawn by Publick Fancy. Walking (Sick & Stout) in the Streets of London; with no other Fear, but the Fear of God before his Eyes. The Second Edition. Cy vous voyes, (sans Vanité,) Un Grand Homme en adversiti. It is here, indeed without Vanity) The Form of a Great Man in Adversity.
Js M.cArdell inv.t et sculp.t.
[n.d., c.1760.]
Etching. Sheet 205 x 120mm. Trimmed within plate.
Michel Descazeaux du Hally (1710-1775), Adventurer. Having fought a duel in France he took refuge in England, where he always carried his sword in case his antagonist appeared. He was imprisoned in the Fleet Prison for debt. McArdell etched two portraits of the Chevalier, his only two plates by this method.
Whitman: 198, variant state with dog and 'Second Edition'. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 4167]   £220.00  
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[Portrait of a Dwarf.]
[Portrait of a Dwarf.] Dedié à Monsieur Jean Udny Consul General de Sa Majesté Britannique a Livourne par son tres humble et obëisante Serviteur Louis Saller. Le Tableau Original se trouve dans le Cabinet du même Consul Udny. Haut 5.Pieds 9 Pouces Anglois Large 4. Pieds 4. Pouces.
Peint par Salvator Rosa. Gravé par Louis Saller.
[n.d., c.1780.]
Engraving, rare. Plate: 390 x 285mm (15½ x 11¼"). Trimmed to plate mark. Slight stain below title on left.
A portrait of a dwarf shown begging in the street. After a painting by artist Salvator Rosa in the collection of consul of Legorno John Udny (1727-1800) who was a merchant who dealt and collected works of art.
[Ref: 46669]   £230.00  
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The celebrated Mons La Grandeur a famous french Lawyer eminent for his perfrect knowledge of the Practice of all the Courts of Justice.
The celebrated Mons La Grandeur a famous french Lawyer eminent for his perfrect knowledge of the Practice of all the Courts of Justice.
A South sculp [c1750]
Engraving, platemark 165 x 110mm (6½ x 4¼"). Large margins.
French lawyer holding a court register. Edward J. Wood in 'Giants and Dwarfs' (first edition 1868) lists the print as a 'whole-length portrait of a dwarf'.
[Ref: 38626]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Blassl Broatgosch,
Blassl Broatgosch, Juramentirter Nachtwachter undt Rumorwachs Adjunct, in würcklicher function 34
[by Martin Engelbrecht.]
Cum Priv. S.C.M [Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c.1710.]
Etching. Sheet 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼"). Trimmed to plate, library blind stamp on bottom right corner.
The dwarf Blassl Broatgosch, night watchman. Plate 34 from 'Het Dwergentooneel' by Martin Engelbrecht (1684 - 1756), engraver and publisher in Augsburg, with portraits of famous dwarfs in the style of Jacques Callot's 'Gobbi' or 'Lilliputian' figures. The portrait was also published within elaborate borders as 'Il Callotto resusciato oder Neü eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet'.
Rijksmuseum: FMH 3695-a/34.
[Ref: 37572]   £260.00  
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Nicolo Cantabella, Savoyardischer Würmschneider. 2
Nicolo Cantabella, Savoyardischer Würmschneider. 2
[by Martin Engelbrecht.]
[Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c.1710.]
Etching. Sheet 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼"). Trimmed to plate, library blind stamp on bottom right corner.
Nicolo Cantabella, a dwarf of Savoy, carrying his peepshow over his shoulder and crying 'oh sena rarite' (oh rare show). Plate 2 from 'Het Dwergentooneel' by Martin Engelbrecht (1684 - 1756), engraver and publisher in Augsburg, with portraits of famous theatrical dwarfs in the style of Jacques Callot's 'Gobbi' or 'Lilliputian' figures. The portrait was also published within elaborate borders as 'Il Callotto resusciato oder Neü eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet'.
[Ref: 37562]   £480.00  
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Iupanschku Ferenz.
Iupanschku Ferenz. Richter auss der Raübau, führnehmer Ochssen Iubilir, und Vice Admiral der Ungrischen heü Flotta 43
[by Martin Engelbrecht.]
[Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c.1710.]
Etching. Sheet 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼"). Trimmed to plate, library blind stamp on bottom right corner.
The dwarf Iupanschku Ferenz, ploughman and vice-admiral of the Hungarian navy! Plate 43 from 'Het Dwergentooneel' by Martin Engelbrecht (1684 - 1756), engraver and publisher in Augsburg, with portraits of famous dwarfs in the style of Jacques Callot's 'Gobbi' or 'Lilliputian' figures. The portrait was also published within elaborate borders as 'Il Callotto resusciato oder Neü eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet'.
Rijksmuseum: FMH 3695-a/43.
[Ref: 37571]   £260.00  
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Riepl Gleichdron,
Riepl Gleichdron, Approbierter und Privilegierter Sauschneider, und Spanischer äpfell-Abaldator. 41
[by Martin Engelbrecht.]
[Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c.1710.]
Etching. Sheet 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼"). Trimmed to plate, library blind stamp on bottom right corner.
The dwarf Veith Knollinger, pig-slaughterer. Plate 41 from 'Het Dwergentooneel' by Martin Engelbrecht (1684 - 1756), engraver and publisher in Augsburg, with portraits of famous dwarfs in the style of Jacques Callot's 'Gobbi' or 'Lilliputian' figures. The portrait was also published within elaborate borders as 'Il Callotto resusciato oder Neü eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet'.
Rijksmuseum: FMH 3695-a/41.
[Ref: 37568]   £260.00  
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Veith Knollinger, von Pinklfeldt, Sarthfrager ünd Vorgeher der neü eingerichten flegl Brüderschafte 44
Veith Knollinger, von Pinklfeldt, Sarthfrager ünd Vorgeher der neü eingerichten flegl Brüderschafte 44
[by Martin Engelbrecht.]
[Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c.1710.]
Etching. Sheet 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼"). Trimmed to plate, library blind stamp on bottom right corner.
The dwarf Veith Knollinger, a 'bag carrier'. Plate 44 from 'Het Dwergentooneel' by Martin Engelbrecht (1684 - 1756), engraver and publisher in Augsburg, with portraits of famous dwarfs in the style of Jacques Callot's 'Gobbi' or 'Lilliputian' figures. The portrait was also published within elaborate borders as 'Il Callotto resusciato oder Neü eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet'.
Rijksmuseum: FMH 3695-a/44.
[Ref: 37567]   £260.00  
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Liendl Schnekenfist
Liendl Schnekenfist des Wienerischen Nacht-kinigs Magazin-Visirer, Ambts fuhren Inspector und material Verwalter 46
[by Martin Engelbrecht.]
Cum Priv. S.C.M [Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c.1710.]
Etching. Sheet 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼"). Trimmed to plate, library blind stamp on bottom right corner.
The dwarf Liendl Schnekenfist, Viennese magazin inspector. Plate 34 from 'Het Dwergentooneel' by Martin Engelbrecht (1684 - 1756), engraver and publisher in Augsburg, with portraits of famous dwarfs in the style of Jacques Callot's 'Gobbi' or 'Lilliputian' figures. The portrait was also published within elaborate borders as 'Il Callotto resusciato oder Neü eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet'.
Rijksmuseum: FMH 3695-a/46
[Ref: 37573]   £260.00  
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Hans Sausakh von Wurstelfeld,
Hans Sausakh von Wurstelfeld, Berühmter Zahnluken-Architect u. zotten Professor auff der hohe Baurn-Schuhl. 34
[by Martin Engelbrecht.]
Cum Priv. S.C.M [Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c.1710.]
Etching. Sheet 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼"). Trimmed to plate, library blind stamp on bottom right corner.
The dwarf Hans von Sausakh Wurstelfeld as an architect and professor at a provincial school. Plate 34 from 'Het Dwergentooneel' by Martin Engelbrecht (1684 - 1756), engraver and publisher in Augsburg, with portraits of famous dwarfs in the style of Jacques Callot's 'Gobbi' or 'Lilliputian' figures. The portrait was also published within elaborate borders as 'Il Callotto resusciato oder Neü eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet'.
Rijksmuseum: FMH 3695-a/34.
[Ref: 37570]   £260.00  
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[Caricature of a dwarfish miser.]
[Caricature of a dwarfish miser.]
I.M. Steidlin excud. Aug. Vind.
[Augsburg, c.1730.]
Engraving. Sheet 290 x 185mm, 11½ x 7¼". Trimmed within plate.
A caricature featuring a dwarfish miser in a ragged hat, with two others counting coins. One of series about the characteristics of dwarfs, in this case avarice, by Johann Mathias Steidlin, who is better known for his architectural engravings, especially those of Weissenau Abbey. With German and Latin text under the image.
[Ref: 10829]   £240.00  
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Robert Edwards.
Robert Edwards.
J. Ward. R.A. 1811. No.3.
London Pub June 1, 1813 by Ja.s Ward. 6 Newman Street.
Etching. 348 x 350mm. 13¾ x 13¾". Trimmed to the plate.
A portrait of a little old man astride a donkey, wearing a cocked hat with a feather cockade, tattered military coat and striped breeches, and carrying a stick From James Ward's Second Series of Etchings, "Mary Thomas the Welsh fasting woman and Ann Moore the fasting woman of Tutbury; a series of 7 etchings bound with letter press and dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks".
Not in Frankau.
[Ref: 14307]   £280.00  
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Francis Henry Egerton. Earl of Bridgewater.
Francis Henry Egerton. Earl of Bridgewater.
Gerard pinxt. =h= Grevedon. 1825.
Lithograph. 541 x 356mm. Uncut sheet..
Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (1756-1829), was a noted British eccentric, and supporter of natural theology. Egerton was known for giving dinner parties for dogs, where the dogs were dressed in the finest fashions of the day, down to fancy miniature shoes. Each day Egerton wore a new pair of shoes and he arranged the worn shoes into rows, so that he could measure the passing time. An animal lover, Egerton kept partridges and pigeons with clipped wings in his garden, allowing him to shoot them despite failing eyesight. Egerton never married, and upon his death, his title became extinct. He bequeathed to the British Museum the valuable Egerton Manuscripts, consisting of 67 manuscripts dealing with the literature of France and Italy.
[Ref: 13256]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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David Ferguson [in pencil]
David Ferguson [in pencil]
H. Wrighte [in pencil.] T S. Landseer [pencil.]
Canterbury Publd. as the act directs B, Cowstan July 1 1818 [in pencil.]
Very rare etching on india. Proof before letters. Plate 191 x 140mm. 7½ x 5½".
David Ferguson, centenarian.
Not in O'Donoghue.
[Ref: 14984]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Margaret Finch Queen of the Gypsies at Norwood.
Margaret Finch Queen of the Gypsies at Norwood.
Drawn from the Life by Ino. Straeke 1739. Engrav'd by Hen. Roberts 1742.
Engraving. 240 x 230mm. Trimmed inside plate mark along bottom edge. Stuck on scrap sheet.
The Norwood gypsies lived in the area now known as Gypsy Hill. So famous were they that a pantomime called 'The Norwood Gypsies' was staged in Covent Garden in 1777. The most famous of the gypsies was Margaret Finch [d.1740]. A report published a few years after her death states that the 'oddness of her figure and ye fame of her fortune-telling drew a vast concourse of spectators from ye highest rank of quality, even to those of ye lower class of life'. She lived in a conical hut built of branches, at the base of an ancient tree, and it was there that great numbers of people visited her.
[Ref: 5760]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[Watercolour of a little person.]
[Watercolour of a little person.]
[Anon., c.1820]
Watercolour, sheet 195 x 130mm (7¾ x 5").
[Ref: 43109]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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John Gale alias Dumb Jack.
John Gale alias Dumb Jack.
[H. Cook.]
[n.d. c.1819.]
Etching. Plate 215 x 160mm. 8½ x 6¼".
John Gale, a deaf and dumb character living in London during the 1690s.
[Ref: 15307]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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Elias Hoyle. 113 years old [in pencil].
Elias Hoyle. 113 years old [in pencil]. [Accompanied by two sheets, double-sided, of letterpress]: Elias Hoyle. This venerable man was a native of Sowerby, in Yorkshire, being, at the time the accompanying portrait was taken, 113 years of age…[followed by a list of other centenarians.]
Pub. Jan.1.1820 by G. Smeeton, St. Martin's Church Yard.
Two sheets of letterpress and one etching. 210 x 147mm. 8¼ x 5¾".
Elias Hoyle (1692-1805), Centenarian at Sowerby, Yorkshire.
[Ref: 15096]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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The Celebrated Dwarf in the reigns of Charles the first & second. Jeffrey Hudson Died in 1682.
The Celebrated Dwarf in the reigns of Charles the first & second. Jeffrey Hudson Died in 1682. From the original by D. Mytens in the collection of Sir Ralph Woodford Bart. Born at Ockham, in Rutlandshire in 1619. Taken into the Service of the Duchess of Buckingham, at Burleigh between the age of 7 & 9, and served up in a Cold Pye, at an Entertainment given to Charles, the First, and his Queen. Sent to France for the Queen's Midwife in 1630, and made prisoner by a Flemish Pirate. Made a Captain of Horse in the Civil Wars; & fights a Duel on Horse back with Mr. Crofts, whom he kills with the first fire: Again made captive at Sea, by a Turkish Rover, & carried into Slavery where he remains some years. Redeemed: settles for a time in his native country, & afterwards removes to London. Committed to the Gate House as a Papist, & dies soon after his release in his Sixty-Third Year.
G.P. Harding delin.t James Stow sculp.t
Published Dec.r 1.st 1810.
Engraving. 260 x 202mm (10¼ x 8").
Jeffrey Hudson (1619-1682) was a dwarf who belonged to the court of Queen Henrietta Maria of England in the years before King Charles I was deposed. He was considered one of the wonders of the age. He fought for the royalists in the civil wars and fled with the queen to France in 1644. Some years later, he was captured by some Barbary pirates and spent twenty-five years as a slave in North Africa before being ransomed back to England to live the rest of his life in poverty.
See NPG: D28510.
[Ref: 17574]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Jeffrey Hudson.
Jeffrey Hudson.
Engraved & Published by J. Fittler Jan.y 1789 London.
Engraving. 183 x 145mm. 7¼ x 5¾". Trimmed and laid. Some foxing.
Jeffrey Hudson (1619-1682) was a dwarf who belonged to the court of Queen Henrietta Maria of England in the years before King Charles I was deposed. He was considered one of the wonders of the age. He fought for the royalists in the civil wars and fled with the queen to France in 1644. Some years later, he was captured by some Barbary pirates and spent twenty-five years as a slave in North Africa before being ransomed back to England to live the rest of his life in poverty. See 17574.
[Ref: 17614]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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M.r Daniel Lambert.
M.r Daniel Lambert.
J.Parry, del.t. A.van Assen Sculp.t.
London Published Feb.y 4, 1805, by J.Parry, No 5. Bentinck Street, Soho.
Coloured etching. 175 x 115mm, 7 x 4¼". With 2pp. biography. Slightly soiled and stained on right.
Daniel Lambert (1770-1809), Keeper of Leicester gaol, portrayed at the age of 36. The letterpress text describes how he refused to be weighed, but friends persuaded him to come with them to a cock fight in Loughborough, taking their coach onto a large weighing machine and, comparing the result to the weight of the empty carriage, calculated that Lambert's weight was forty-nine stone, twelve pounds.
[Ref: 17776]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Thos. Laugher, Aged 107 Jany. 1807
Thos. Laugher, Aged 107 Jany. 1807 Suppos'd to be the Oldest Man now Living in England. His Register states he was born at Markly, Worcestershire, his Father died at 97, his Mother 108, & his Son 80, he lives in Kent Street Southk. & walks (if fair) Evry Sunday to a Chaple in Little Wild St. Lincolns Inn Fields.
Publish'd Decr. 5, 1807 by Wm. Richardson 31 Strand.
Etching, sheet 280 x 170mm. Trimmed within plate. Some staining, repaired tears from top edge.
Semi-caricature portrait of centenarian Thomas Laugher, commonly known as Old Tommy.
[Ref: 9491]   £220.00  
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Thomas Laugher, commonly call'd Old Tommy, Now living Aged 107, the 6th. of Jan.y 1807.
Thomas Laugher, commonly call'd Old Tommy, Now living Aged 107, the 6th. of Jan.y 1807.
Pub.d Jan.31, 1807 by James Cundee, London.
Etching. 172 x 95mm. 6¾ x 3¾".
Semi-caricature portrait of centenarian Thomas Laugher, commonly known as Old Tommy; he was supposed to have been the oldest man living in England at the time.
[Ref: 19099]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Vera Effig: I.Lee Nat: Oct:r 18 1625. Obit Jan: 18 1728. Etat: 103¼.
Vera Effig: I.Lee Nat: Oct:r 18 1625. Obit Jan: 18 1728. Etat: 103¼.
W.Goldfinch ad vivum pinx.t et fecit Aq: fort:
Sold by I.Tinney [n.d., c.1740.]
Mezzotint with etching. 180 x 140mm. Trimmed just within plate.
Jane Lee (1625-1728), centenarian.
BM Portraits, vol 3, p34. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 2753]   £260.00  
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Anne Longman.
Anne Longman.
J. Parry delt. A: Van Assen Sculpt.
London Published Jany.18.1805, by J. Parry, No.5, Bentinck Street, Soho.
Hand coloured etching with text. Watermarked: John Wise 1804. Plate 171 x 108mm. 6¾ x 4¼". Some offset.
Anne Longman, a misfortunate woman, married to a foot-guard soldier, who lost her sight by suckling twin children. She had a little knowledge of music so accompanies her songs with the guitar, as depicted here.
[Ref: 16237]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Sir Edmd. Mason.
Sir Edmd. Mason.
F. Jukes Sculpt.
Pubd. Augt. 8. 1788 by I. Holl, Printseller, High Street, Worcester.
Aquatint printed in colours. Plate 241 x 190mm. 9½ x 7½".
Sir Edmund Mason (d.1801), "Knight of the Poker," a lunatic.
[Ref: 15912]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Miss Mc.Avoy who distinguishes Colours by the touch.
Miss Mc.Avoy who distinguishes Colours by the touch.
Published by R.S. Kirby, Paternoster Row, Aug.t 30, 1819.
Stipple and etching, rare. 132 x 210mm (5¼ x 8¼"). Small tear top-left.
Margaret McAvoy (1800-1820), captioned in Robert Cooper's print of 1821 as 'An extraordinary Blind Girl'. In 1817 Liverpool physician Thomas Renwick published 'A narrative of the case of Miss Margaret McAvoy'. McAvoy was reputed to possess extraordinary powers of recognition through touch and smell, and to silence his critics Renwick carried out a series of experimental tests on the girl, involving various masks and blindfolds (as shown here). Renwick's account also reports McAvoy's ability to distinguish different colours of fabric and paint, as stated on this print. It is probably derived from the frontispiece to Renwick's book.
Wellcome Library no. 898i
[Ref: 28643]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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Mother George. 120th Year of her Age.
Mother George. 120th Year of her Age.
M. Powell pinx. B.Lens fec:
Printed & Sold by John King at the Globe in the Poultrey London. [n.d., c.1720.]
Mezzotint. 295 x 210mm.
Lived in Oxford, and could thread a needle at the end of her life.
CS: 3, ii of ii. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 4714]   £260.00  
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Mother Goose of Oxford.
Mother Goose of Oxford. Aged 73.
HL. [Unidentified] delin. A. Cardon sculp.t.
London published June 25th 1811, by Molteno, Pall Mall.
Stipple engraving with large margins, platemark: 365 x 250mm. (14¼ x 9¾").
Portrait of Rebecca Howse (née Wildgoose), a one-time procuress who took to selling flowers after going blind.
[Ref: 28344]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Young Parr.
Young Parr.
G.White Fecit.
[London: Samuel Sympson, c.1730.]
Mezzotint, sheet 190 x 150mm. 7½ x 6". Trimmed within plate and to image, and laid to album page.
Oval portrait of Thomas Parr junior (fl.1550), centenarian, said to be the son of 'Old Parr', the 'oldest man in England'. By George White (1684? - 1732), son of engraver Robert White.
Chaloner Smith: 33, II.
[Ref: 15183]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Thomas Parr,
Thomas Parr, The Old Man of Shropshire.
Published by J. Caulfield, Decr. 1, 1797.
Stipple with etching, sheet 275 x 210mm. 10¾ x 8¼". Trimmed to plate.
Thomas Parr (1483? - 1635), centenarian. From 'The Oxford Cabinet; consisting of engravings from original pictures, in the Ashmolean Museum, and other public and private collections; with biographical Anecdotes, by John Aubrey, F.R.S., and other celebrated writers.'
NPG: D28504.
[Ref: 15247]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Young Parr. Son to Tho.s Parr the Shropshire man, who was born in 1438 & died in 1635. His living to so great age as 152 years, occasioned his Son to be called young Parr, as past 4 score.
Young Parr. Son to Tho.s Parr the Shropshire man, who was born in 1438 & died in 1635. His living to so great age as 152 years, occasioned his Son to be called young Parr, as past 4 score.
Printed for Rob.t Sayer at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street. [n.d. c.1750.]
Mezzotint. Plate 152 x 114mm. 6 x 4½". Some rubbing. scuffing and creasing.
Thomas Parr junior, Centenarian, said to be the son of 'Old Parr', the 'oldest man in England'.
CS: undescribed (but listed p.1763.) See NPG: D28508.
[Ref: 21613]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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The Olde, Old, very Olde Man or Thomas Par, the Sonne of Iohn Parr or Winngton in the Parish of Alberbury. In the County of Shropshire who was Born in 1483 in the Raigne of King Edward the 4th and is now living in The Strand, being aged 152 yeares and odd
The Olde, Old, very Olde Man or Thomas Par, the Sonne of Iohn Parr or Winngton in the Parish of Alberbury. In the County of Shropshire who was Born in 1483 in the Raigne of King Edward the 4th and is now living in The Strand, being aged 152 yeares and odd Monethes 1535.
C.v.Dalen sculp:
[n.d. c.1635.]
Engraving, rare. 160 x 102mm. 6¼ x 4". Trimmed, some damage.
Thomas Parr (1483? - 1635), centenarian; famous for his long life, reputedly dying at the age of 153, and know as 'Old Parr'. Portrait of Thomas Parr, half length, sitting in chair, bearded, wearing skull-cap; prefixed to John Taylor's 'The Olde, Old, very Olde Man' (1635).
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove. Collection Th. Thane. For an interesting piece of ephemera relating to Old Parr, see ref.16716
[Ref: 25408]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Old Parr. Aeta 152.
Old Parr. Aeta 152.
G White Fecit.
Sold by S. Sympson in ye Strand. [n.d. c.1730.]
Fine mezzotint. Plate 202 x 152mm. 8 x 6". Repaired tear in title area.
Portrait, head and shoulders in an oval, facing forward with ruff and coat; first state. Thomas Parr (1483? - 1635), centenarian; famous for his long life, reputedly dying at the age of 153, and know as 'Old Parr'.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove. CS: 32, i. For an interesting piece of ephemera relating to Old Parr, see ref.16716
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[Peter, the Wild Boy]
[Peter, the Wild Boy]
[Valentine Green after Falconet, sold by Ryland, Byrer & Co, 1767]
Mezzotint, rare, with very large margins; 510 x 360mm (20 x 14"). Proof impression before lengthy text added in English and French; slightly rubbed; very slight creasing.
Peter, 'the Wild Boy', was a Georgian celebrity, found in the forest of Hertswold in Germany in 1725, aged around 12. He was taken to the court of the future George I at Herrenhausen and brought to England in 1726. At the English court unsuccessful attempts were made to teach him to speak. He was painted by William Kent and was the subject of works by Defoe and Swift. In 1728 he was given a pension to live in Hertfordshire, where he died in 1782. He was buried at St Mary's, Northchurch, where his gravestone is now Grade II listed.
Ex: collection of the Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 102.ii
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Peter, the Wild Boy [parallel text in French]
Peter, the Wild Boy [parallel text in French] In the Year 1725, King George the I.s Hunting in the Herenhausen / This Boy was discover'd in a Hollow Tree [...]
P. Falconet pinx.t. Val. Green sculp.t
Sold by Ryland, Bryer; & Co. at the Kings Arms, Cornhill.
Mezzotint, platemark 510 x 360mm (20 x 14"). Creased and damaged (some repairs); artist and engraver names faded. Trimmed.
Peter 'the Wild Boy' (c.1712-85), a curiosity of the 18th century. Found in the woods near Hamelin (around 25 miles from Hanover in Germany) in 1725, contemporary pamphleteers claim he was walking on all fours, climbing trees like a squirrel, and living off grass and moss. Peter was taken to see George I who was visiting Hanover, he was brought to England in 1726, where unsuccessful attempts were made to teach him to speak. He was briefly a celebrity: Queen Caroline took an interest in Peter's education, he was painted by William Kent, was cared for by the prominent physicist John Arbuthnot, and was the subject of works by Defoe and Swift. After Queen Caroline's death. In 1728 he was given a pension to live in Hertfordshire, where he performed manual work under supervision. However, after repeatedly wandering away from the farm where he boarded, Peter was apprehended and fitted with a brass collar (shown in the lower right of this print). Peter died in 1785 and was buried at St Mary's, Northchurch, Hertfordshire, where his gravestone is now Grade II listed.
Ex: collection of the Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 102.ii; Whitman: 2 II of II.
[Ref: 36363]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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