Calligraphic specimen. Matthias Buchinger.

Calligraphic specimen.

Dublin: 1719/20.

Pen and ink on paper. 3 x 4-11/16 inches. Laid down onto album leaf, some light soiling and two vertical creases. In custom red morocco-backed case. See Jay, Matthias Buchinger: “The Greatest German Living”. Item #316397

Calligraphic specimen by the "Little Man from Nuremberg," Matthias Buchinger, displaying the digitless performer's extraordinary facility with the pen and his characteristic omni-directional and mirror-image calligraphy. The specimen, dating from Buchinger's time living in Ireland, comprises an ornamental head-piece encompassing the name "John Rochfort," with large capital "ABC" on left and on right in reverse, above the following text: "This is Written by / Mathew Buchinger [upside down] / born Without / Hands or Feet [in reverse] / 1719/20 / Dublin [in reverse]." Ricky Jay, in his monograph on Buchinger, surmises that the calligrapher would have prepared such specimens in advance, to be sold at his performances. A blank space would be left for the name of the eventual purchaser, in this case one John Rochfort.

Matthias (or Mathew) Buchinger (1674-1740) was born without hands or feet and measured 29 inches tall. Despite this, he was an accomplished calligrapher, artist, magician, and performer. He also married four times and fathered some 14 children. In 2016 the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited examples drawn from the greatest private collection of Buchinger's work in Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger's Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay.

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