'An Englishman Am I'. Wm. Ball Alias John Bull. Born at Hersehay, Shropshire July 8th 1795.Worked Forty Years, Puddler and Shingler for the Celebrated Colebrookdale Company of Ironmasters. Height 5ft. 9 1/2in_Circumference of Neck 23 1/2 Ins_Arm 27 Ins._Breast 70 Ins._Stomach 80 Ins._Thigh 50 1/2 Ins._Calf of Leg 25 Ins. Exceeds 40 Stone Weight. - Healthy And Very Active.
Lithograph. Sheet size 630 x 400mm. Framed.
William Ball [1795-1852]. Nicknamed John Bull, he was a local celebrity who came to national notice at the Great Exhibition in 1851. He needed a specially constructed crane to mount his horse and when he died in 1852 it was said it took 20 men to carry his coffin.
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