Wax Figure, Daniel Lambert, at Mix's Museum, New Haven, Connecticut, from a disassembled album

Object Number: 
1953.287b
Date: 
1813
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, and black ink on paper whose left side is laid on verso of 287a
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 13 in. ( 20.3 x 33 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: lower right: "new-haven, mix's museum, august 30, 1813" inscription: left: "daniel Lambert/aged 39 Years/who died/in Stamfort (England)/on the 28th of june 1809./his Coffin measured 6 feet, 4 in. long/4 feet, 4 inches Wide/and/2 feet, 4 inch
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed along left side in brown ink: "daniel Lambert / aged 39 years, / who died / in Hamfort (England) / on the 28th june 1809. / his coffin measured, 6 feet 4 in / long. / 4 feet, 4 inches, wide, / and / 2 feet 4 inches high. / at his death he weighted 739, pounds / he measured 3 yards 4 inches / Round the body; / and / 1, yard 1, inch, Round / the leg."; at lower right in brown ink: "new-haven, mix's museum. august 30 1813."
Description: 
Figure
Gallery Label: 
John Mix's Museum in New Haven offered to the visitor an assorted variety of exhibits which are described in a fourteen-page catalog issued in 1812, shortly before the de Neuvilles' visit. The "curiosities" to be seen included wax figures "as large as life," paintings, beasts, birds, fishes, serpents, and reptiles. The museum catalog cites the following description among the listing of wax figures: "Daniel Lambert, weighing 739 lbs."
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
De Neuville family, France; E. De Vries, Paris, 1928; Columbia University Press Book Store, NYC, 1929; Old Print Shop, NYC, 1953
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group