John Bigg the Dinton Hermit, baptized 22nd April, 1629, buried 4th April, 1696 [...]He was formerly Clerk to Simon Mayne of Dinton, one of the Judges who passed sentence on King Charles the first. He lived at Dinton (co. Bucks) in a cave, had been a man of tolerable wealth, was looked upon as a pretty good scholar, and of no contemptible parts. Upon the restoration he grew melancholy, betook himself to a recluse life, and lived by charity, but never asked for any thing but leather, which he would immediately nail to his clothes. He kept 3 bottles that hung to his girdle, viz. for strong and small beer, and milk; his shoes are still preserved; they are very large, and made up of about a thousand patches of leather...
Published Dec.r 10th 1787, by W.Richardson, at his Antient and Modern Print Warehouse No.174 Strand.
Etching on watermarked paper, 260 x 180mm. (10¼ x 7"). Trimmed to platemark.
It has been suggested that Bigg was Charles I's executioner, given sanctuary and anonymity on one of the regicide's estates.
Not in BM.
[Ref: 29408] £190.00