The Twelve Months Represented by Lilliputian Figures. January.Sr. Jeffrey Jumble and my lady Grave-airs. Dear Duck, while thus abroad...and bid defiance to the Weather.
Copper engraving. 260 x 151mm. (10¼ x 6"). Cut and laid on album sheet.
An affluent dwarfish couple, richly-dressed to keep out the January cold. The main scene is within an ornate border with little vignettes worked in. According to O'Connell: 'A genre of humorous dwarf figures appeared in Germany about 1604 in the first of several versions of 'Il Callotto resuscitato''. This series bears some resemblence to Jacques Callot's grotesque 'Gobbi' series, but linked to Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels' by the title on 'January'. Thomas Bowles's 1754 catalogue included this set, 'Eleven Prints of Lilliputian Humours', 'Lilliputian Figures', 'Lilliputian Riding School twelve prints' & 'Lilliputian Dancing School twelve prints', showing the popularity of the genre.
see O'Connell, 'The Popular Print in England' pp.159-60.
[Ref: 15953] £240.00