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A woman with scales on her upper body and grossly enlarged lower limbs. Watercolour, 1695.
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1 drawing : pen and ink and watercolour
Mulher monstruoza estrangeyra que veyo a esta cidade no anno de 1695. [Tin]ha o braço, o ombro, peyto e parte do ventre esquerdo cuberto de escamas. Era [bem] parecida de rostro; falava correntemente; e obrava por suas maos tudo em que e pode ocupar qualquer molher [sic]. Toucada e vestida de sorte q[ue] lhe ficasse[m] cubertos os defeitos que a fazião disforme, era de agradável prezença
Translation of lettering: Monstrous foreign woman who came to this city in the year of 1695. She had the arm, the shoulder, the chest and part of the left side of her stomach covered in scales. She had a good face; spoke freely; and would get her hands in [or maybe work with] anything and everything that can entertain a woman. Wigged and dressed in such a way that all the defects that made her deformed were covered, her presence was enjoyable.
Wellcome Library no. 87i
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