[Peter, the Wild Boy]
Mezzotint, rare, with very large margins; 510 x 360mm (20 x 14"). Proof impression before lengthy text added in English and French; slightly rubbed; very slight creasing.
Peter, 'the Wild Boy', was a Georgian celebrity, found in the forest of Hertswold in Germany in 1725, aged around 12. He was taken to the court of the future George I at Herrenhausen and brought to England in 1726. At the English court unsuccessful attempts were made to teach him to speak. He was painted by William Kent and was the subject of works by Defoe and Swift. In 1728 he was given a pension to live in Hertfordshire, where he died in 1782. He was buried at St Mary's, Northchurch, where his gravestone is now Grade II listed.
Ex: collection of the Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 102.ii
[Ref: 29271] £350.00