Powell the Pedestrian / Proof [ms]
Etching, very scarce; proof before title; platemark 310 x 190mm (12¼ x 7½"). Fine impression. Very large margins.
Foster Powell (bap.1734-d.1793), pedestrian whose great walks were undertaken for trifling wagers: in 1792 he walked again from Shoreditch to York Minster and back in 5 days 15¼ hours (135¼ hours), earning £10, said to be the largest fee he ever received. Powell died in poverty, having failed to benefit financially from his walks to the extent of the popular interest his athleticism aroused. Original etching by Silvester Harding (1745x51-1809), artist and publisher who mainly drew theatrical celebrities and copied earlier portraits.
[Ref: 34510] £520.00