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Black John was a dwarf and hunchback under four foot in height whose many party tricks in his role as jester included swallowing and retrieving strings of live mice and mumbling sparrows - removing their feathers with his teeth while the sparrow was in his mouth. James Northcote was born in Plymouth, the son of a watchmaker and optician. He was apprenticed to his father's trade but showed a talent for art.
oil on canvas
H 107 x W 67 cm
TRURI : 1946.95