[The Twelve Months Represented by Lilliputian Figures.] July.Mr Item Dunwell my Lords Steward, and Gaffer Clodhopper a Tenant. The Steward by his spendthrift Lord is sent, To dun poor Hopp for some arrears of rent, The Farmer prays that he'll vouchsafe to say, Till he can thrash his corn, or sell his hay, The Steward swears his angry Lord is poor, And must have present Cash to game & whore.
Copper engraving. 260 x 146mm (10¼ x 5¾"). Cut and laid on album sheet.
Scene in July, a dwarf steward discusses rent and tenancy with a farmer holding a pitch fork. 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.
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