Item #CL184-9 Varie Figure Gobbi Di Jacopo Callot. Jacques Callot, c. French.
Varie Figure Gobbi Di Jacopo Callot
Varie Figure Gobbi Di Jacopo Callot
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Varie Figure Gobbi Di Jacopo Callot

c1616/1621-1625. Set of 20 etchings including frontispiece, mounted together, titled and dated “1616” in frontispiece, each image numbered in plate lower right, 7 x 9cm (approx. each). All trimmed to platemarks, some with minor tears, stains or repaired corners.

Text in frontispiece continues “fatto in Firenza l’anno 1616. I. silvestra ex. Cum priuil Regis. Excudit Nanceij.” 2nd state, missing plate number 1. Originally a set of twenty-one plates (a title and twenty representations of dwarfs). Although the title is dated 1616 on plate, most modern scholars think the compositions were designed in Florence, but engraved and published in Nancy, France at a later date.

The engravings depict a troupe of grotesque dwarf entertainers known as Les Gobbi. They performed in Italy for the Medici Court when Callot was working there recording court entertainment. Dwarfs would have been regarded as amusing, and a troupe dancing and singing would have been a great novelty in the 17th century. Ref: V&A; British Museum; Lieure #279, #407-426.

Item #CL184-9

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