Duncan MacDonald, of the shire of Caithness Gent

A broadside on Duncan Macdonald, a Scottish acrobat

“A broadside on Duncan Macdonald, a Scottish acrobat; with an etching after a drawing by Louis Philippe Boitard showing Macdonald balancing on a wire, at his feet jack-boots, balancing on his right foot a wheel, a dish, a tray with 15 glasses, and a glass sphere, with his left index finger holding up a chair and a dog, balancing with his nose a sword, a pipe and two eggs, with his right hand playing a French horn and a trumpet, underneath the wire sword blades pointing upwards; with engraved title and inscription, and with letterpress text in two columns, and with a vertical segment of type ornament.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: Duncan MacDonald, of the shire of Caithness Gent. the celebrated Scotish equilibrist [graphic] / engrav’d from the original drawing by P. Boitard, & publish’d according to act of Parliamt. June 1753, by Fenwick Bull, map & printseller at [the] White Horse on Ludgate Hill.
  • Publication: [London] : [Fenwick Bull], [June 1753]

Catalog Record 

753.06.00.01+

Acquired September 2018

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