[The Twelve Months Represented by Lilliputian Figures.] June.Sir Peregrine Soft-head and my Lady Gad-abroad. So sweet you look my honey suckle, Who would not to your beauty bruckle, And which ee'r way you please to turn ye, Dance after you a whole days Journey, Booted and spur'd in midst of June, Regardless of the scorching Sun.
Copper engraving. 260 x 153mm (10¼ x 6"). Cut and laid on album sheet. Slight staining.
Scene in June, a couple of dwarfs taking a stroll in the early summer weather. 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: 15957] £240.00