[The Twelve Months Represented by Lilliputian Figures.] October.Beau Noodle and Mistress Simper ye Bar-keeper. Thus with a Mistress and a Glass, How merrily the moments pass, Happy I think my self with either, But doubly so with love together, Then let us drink and laugh and toy, Nor wish for any other joy.
Engraving with small margins, rare. 255 x 150mm. (10 x 6"). Slight crease from centre.
Scene in October, a dwarfish couple sit at a table drinking. The main scene is within an ornate border with little vignettes worked in, in this case including a man slumped on the floor drinking. According to O'Connell: 'A genre of humorous dwarf figures appeared in Germany about 1604 in the first of several versions of 'Il Callotto resuscitato''. This series bears some resemblence to Jacques Callot's grotesque 'Gobbi' series, but linked to Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels' by the title on 'January'. Thomas Bowles's 1754 catalogue included this set, 'Eleven Prints of Lilliputian Humours', 'Lilliputian Figures', 'Lilliputian Riding School twelve prints' & 'Lilliputian Dancing School twelve prints', showing the popularity of the genre.
[Ref: 36533] £260.00