A Gawrey Extended for Flight
- Creation: 1750
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Biographical / Historical
The popular novel "The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins" was written by Robert Paltock (1697-1767) and published anonymously in 1751. The author's name was finally learned in 1835, when the agreement to sell the manuscript to publisher Robert Dodsley was discovered. The book was translated into several languages and the story became a popular base for theater performances in the early nineteenth century.
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21.0 x 12.8 cm
Source for Biographical/Historical note
Hodgson, J.E., History of Aeronautics in Great Britain (Oxford University Press, London, 1924), 63-64.
Engraving depicting a standing Gawrey, a member of a race of winged women from Robert Paltock's novel "The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins." Above the illustration is written "Engrav'd for the Grand Magazine of Magazines" and below is written "publish'd by M. Cooper at the Globe in Pater Noster Row 1750."
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