[The Twelve Months Represented by Lilliputian Figures.] April.Don Diego Surly-Phyz and his boy Dumplin. Tis not in April showers alone. Wrapt in his cloark, you'll see the Don. His cloak and grave affected face. His haughty air and solemn pace. He wears as marks of Wisdom - whether, Tis hot or cold, dry or rainy weather.
Copper engraving. 254 x 146mm (10 x 5¾"). Cut and laid on album sheet.
Scene in April, a dwarf and his son, the man dressed with cloak and large tricorne to cover himself from the April rain. 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: 15955] £240.00