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- Object: Prince Giolo
Wrapper for a pack of cards, with portrait of Prince Giolo standing in a landscape with palm tree.
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Height: 113 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 66 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This engraving of Prince Giolo is possibly by Savage, or after an earlier known engraving of the same sitter by Savage.
Literature: M. Jones 'The Print in Early Modern England: An Historical Oversight', New Haven and London, 2010, pp.13-14.
The unfortunate 'Painted Prince' was a richly tattooed man from the Philippines who was kidnapped in the South Seas by the explorer William Dampier circa 1690 who brought him to England in 1691, where he was exhibited in the capital publicly and privately, only to die of smallpox in Oxford the following year. Layton's wrapper-image is a fairly close copy in the same direction of a fine full-size print engraved and signed by Savage, Sold at his Lodgings, and at the Golden Head in the Old Baily (impressions of which are preserved in the National Library and National Gallery of Australia), and was also the model for a smaller anonymous and reversed version which acts as the frontispiece toThomas Hyde's An Account of the Famous Prince Giolo (1692). The lengthy caption below the image refers in passing to 'The pictures & those other engraven Figures copied from him & now dispersed abroad.'
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Formerly part of the Bagford collection in Harleian Ms. 5947, no.17. This, and other playing card material, was not listed among the transfers from the BL in 1814 and 1900. To judge from the BM stamps on the versos, they were transferred in the 1870s when Willshire was compiling his catalogue of the BM playing cards. None of these items was registered at the time, and they were all given 'U' numbers in the late XXc.
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