Henry Jenkins of Ellerton in Yorkshire, Who Lived to the surprizing Age of 169. Which is 16 Years longer than Old Parr. Taken from an original Painting done by Walker.The great Age of Henry Jenkins, by Mrs. Anne Saville. When I cam first to live at Bolton, I was told several particulars of the great age of Henry jenkins; but I believe little of the story for many years…where Henry jenkins, of Ellerton upon Swale, labourer, aged 157 years, was produced, and deposed as a witness. Epitaph, on a Monument erected at Bolton in Yorkshire, by the Subscription of several to the Memory of Heny Jenkins…A life of labour, and a mind at ease, He lived to the amazing age of 169. Was interr'd here December 6, 1670, And has this justice done to his memory, 1743.
Etching, early edition, very rare; sheet 340 x 240mm (13¼ x 9½"). Trimmed inside platemark top and bottom; creasing at corners; on cream laid paper.
Henry Jenkins (d.1670) was known as 'the Modern Methuselah'. Worlidge's etching was the first printed image of the sitter, after which several further versions of the image were made. Extensive letterpress below describing events from Jenkins' life and copying an epitaph dedicated to him. First edition of the plate before it was reissued by Bowles and Carver.
D 110; Ex collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd. For other portraits of Jenkins see refs. 15241 and 7469.
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