No False Paintings!
Mr. Thomas Day was the
reputed father of the dwarf family, and exhibited
himself as small enough for a great wonder; as he was.
He was also proprietor of the show; and said he was
thirty-five years of age, and only thirty-five inches
high. He fittingly descanted on the living personages in
whom he had a vested interest. There was a boy six years
old, only twenty-seven inches high. The Wild Indian
was a civil-looking man of colour. The Giant Boy,
William Wilkinson Whitehead, was fourteen years of age
on the 26th of March last, stood five feet two inches
high, measured five feet around the body, twenty-seven
inches across the shoulders, twenty inches round the
arm, twenty-four inches round the calf, thirty-one
inches round the thigh, and weighed twenty-two stone.
His father and mother were "travelling merchants" of
Manchester; he was born at Glasgow during one of their
journies, and was as fine a youth as I ever saw,
handsomely formed, of fair complexion, and intelligent
countenance, active in motion, and of sensible speech.
He was lightly dressed in plaid to show his limbs, with
a bonnet of the same. The artist with me sketched his
appearance exactly as we saw him, and as the present
engraving now represents him; it is a good likeness of
his features, as well as of his form.
Never here before,
TO BE SEEN
from a visit to the Bartholomew Fair.
1825. On this
day, Monday the 5th, the Fair was resumed, when
the editor of the Every-Day Book
accurately surveyed it throughout. From his
notes made on the spot he reports the following
particulars of what he there observed.
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