30 Extraordinary Characters &c. Described in the Work.
Stipple. Sheet size: 190 x 266mm (7½ x 10½"). Trimmed to image. Creased as normal.
A collection of thirty freaks and figures, both shunned and celebrated by contemporary society, including: Masaniello, the Neapolitan fisherman who supposedly led an uprising against the Spanish Habsburg rule in Naples in 1647; Billy Waters, one of many black beggars in early 19th-century London; Bampfylde Moore Carws (1693-1759), the English rogue, vagabond and imposter, who claimed to be King of the Beggars; Count Joseph Boruwlaski, the Polish dwarf who fell in love with Durham; Sir Thomas Parkyns (1662-1741), the noted wrestler, seen here clenching his fists, and the author of a book on Cornish Hugg wrestling; Samuel Horsey, who claimed that the surgeon Mr Abernethy cut off his legs without any explanation, who can be seen sliding along Charing Cross; and Lord Rokeby (1712-1800), the English eccentric nobleman who preferred a watery environment to a dry one. Key below identifying the figures, and images of natural phenomena (a water spout, volcanic eruption etc) around the edges.
A copy in the John Johnson Collection.
[Ref: 36314] £190.00