Glysterpipe Fillpacket, Peregrino Mountebanko and Timothy Mouth: three dwarfs as itinerant medicine vendors selling their wares. Engraving.

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At least two of the three dwarfs are copied or adapted from prints of Dutch share-vendors published in the series Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid, 1720, which in turn were adapted from earlier prints published in Augsburg by Martin Engelbrecht. The middle figure, here called Peregrino Mountebanko, is adapted from a swaggering officer lettered in the Dutch version "Ontsprongen rondom bedekte Blaaskaak" (Muller, op. cit., p. 117, no. 3564.29 b 7). The right figure, here called Timothy Mouth, is copied from the Dutch etching of man carrying a peepshow, described as "Actieuse Nacht-Wind-Zanger met zyn Tover Slons" (Muller, op. cit., p. 115, no. 3561.26 b 2)



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1 print : line engraving and etching ; platemark 12.6 x 29.5 cm


Glysterpipe Fillpacket the Merry Andrew. ... Peregrino Mountebanko the unborn doctor. ... Timothy Mouth the raree show-man. ... Lettering continues: (spoken by Glysterpipe Fillpacket the Merry Andrew) "See sirs! See there! the doctor rare, who travels much at home, come take his pills, he cures all ills, past, present and to come." ; (spoken by Peregrino Mountebanko the unborn doctor) "I cure the itch, the gout, the stitch, the mulligrubs, the pox: great belly'd maids, old founder'd jades, and all Pandora's box." ; (spoken by Timothy Mouth) "O raree show! fashion noveau, better as doctors pills; da makee sick, me show such trick, dat all your sorrow kills."

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Frederik Muller, De nederlandsche geschiedenis in platen. Beredeneerde beschrijving van nederlandsche historieplaten, zinneprenten en historische kaarten, Amsterdam 1863, part 2


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