Tom & Jerry sporting their blunt on the phenomenon Monkey, Jacco Macacco, at the Westminster Pit.
Pubd. by Sherwood, Neely, & Jones, Oct.r 1, 1820.
Fine hand-coloured aquatint. 151 x 228mm. Staining and board.
Inside Westminster Pit, the famous blood sport arena on Duck Lane, Orchard Street. Jacco Macacco was a fighting monkey who was exhibited in monkey-baiting matches at the Pit. He achieved great fame as reputed victor against dogs, which spread through popular literature and artworks. His most famous fight was against the infamous Puss, a fight which marked the end of his career. It is not known whether he died as a result of the multiple injuries sustained throughout the fight, or of an unrelated illness shortly afterwards. From Pierce Egan's "Life in London". Spectators surround the rectangular pit where a bull-dog bites a chained monkey,
BM Satires: 14331.
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