[The Twelve Months Represented by Lilliputian Figures.] August.Sr. Tony Watch-waters and Dame Grizell his beautiful wife. Hah Madam, have I caught ye napping, How luckily, for me things happen: This letter, then to one discovers, Some Assignation of your lovers, And should that prove the case to be, Expect a horse whip, lock and key.
Engraving. 255 x 147mm (10 x 5¾"). Cut and laid on album sheet.
Scene in August, a dwarf catches his wife taking a nap. The main scene is within an ornate border with little vignettes worked in, in this case including a girl ducking a man's head under the water of a pond. 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: 15959] £240.00