[The Twelve Months Represented by Lilliputian Figures.] March.Sir Timothy Carefull and Dicky Digwell ye Gardener So often Dick you take a pot. that half your business is forgot. However___as tis time of year, For planting, and for brewing beer. Tho you in other things are sinful, Mind these and you shall drink your skinful.
Copper engraving. 254 x 146mm (10 x 5¾"). Cut and laid on album sheet.
Scene in March, the dwarf to the right shows off a tree root ready to plant; gardeners working in the background. 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.
[Ref: 15954] £240.00