[Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c.1710.]
Etching. Sheet 170 x 110mm (6ż x 4╝"). Trimmed to plate, library blind stamp on bottom right corner.
The dwarf actress BertraŘd Kn÷rtzlin carrying a chopping knife and basket of radishes making an obscene gesture with the other hand. Plate 42 from 'Het Dwergentooneel' by Martin Engelbrecht (1684 - 1756), engraver and publisher in Augsburg, with portraits of famous theatrical dwarfs in the style of Jacques Callot's 'Gobbi' or 'Lilliputian' figures. The portrait was also published within elaborate borders as 'Il Callotto resusciato oder NeŘ eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet'.
Rijksmuseum: FMH 3695-a/42. The description of a Viennese porcelain 'Callot' figure in the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts calls Kn÷rtzlin a prostitute.
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