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Lilliputian characters

Collection Data

Dwarf-like figures in groups of three, with four lines of dialogue in verse beneath each figure describing the action in the image. Situations depicted include courtship and adultery, a swordfight, a trial of a woman accused of prostitution who claims to have been raped, a pastoral scene with shepherds and shepherdesses, pilgrims discussing indulgences, a ships captain, a planter from Virginia and a Dutch Indies Governor, men who have been impressed into the army training, cavaliers and courtiers, Polly Peachum and Capt. Mackheath, actors and mimes, servants, a beadle, and a rag man; includes some figures smoking pipes. Each character is named, some with references to literature or folklore, most with names consisting of puns such as Swillgut Bacon-face, Mrs. Dorothy Dandle-puppy, Widow, and Pigtail Modish, Esqr.
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1730 - 1739 (Approximate)
Place: England
Library locations
George Arents Collection
Shelf locator: Arents 96-353 no. 1-17
Smoking in art -- England
Cartoons (Commentary)
Content: Title devised by cataloger. Figures probably after Il callotto resuscitato, oder, Neu eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet, [1715?]. Many of the same groupings of characters appear in The humours of the Lilliputians ... , Printed and sold by John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill, [178-?].
Physical Description
Extent: 17 prints : engraving ; 30 x 40 cm
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12751533
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3c8b8b80-c6b3-012f-ff04-58d385a7bc34
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