|Pubd. July 31, 1804, by R.S. Kirby, London House Yard, & I. Scott 447 Strand.
|Image 170 x 110 mm, Sheet 192 x 128 mm
A full-length portrait of James Burns, better known as Squeaking Tommy, an Irish-born ventriloquist who settled in Nottinghamshire, engraved for R.S. Kirby's 'Wonderful and Eccentric Museum, or, Magazine of Remarkable Characters.' Kirby's book describes James Burns' feats of throwing his voice, a talent which he used in the main for playing pranks on shopkeepers, particularly fishmongers and cooks. He is shown carrying a small doll in the crook of his left arm, and Kirby describes how his talents were so convincing as to drive one young onlooker to hysteria, an event which landed Burns in the house of correction.
John Scott (1774 - 1827) was an English engraver and father of John R. Scott, also an engraver. Specialising in animals, his work was published in the Sporting Magazine and similar publications. Born in Newcastle, he worked in London with his brother William as a dealer and prime agent for Alexander Sutherland. His career came to an end in 1821 after he suffered a stroke.
Condition: Trimmed within platemark at top and sides, and tipped to an album page. Minor time toning and dirt staining, particularly to corners of sheet.