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John Wolcot, (1738-1819) a satirist, fomerly a clergyman and Doctor, known as 'Peter Pindar'.


Artist: Henry Spicer

Enamel, set in the original frame

In 1780 Wolcot went to London and began writing satires. The first objects of his attentions were the members of the Royal Academy. These attempts being well received, he soon began to fly at higher game, the King and Queen being the most frequent marks for his satirical shafts. Other objects of his attack were Boswell, the biographer of Samuel Johnson, James Bruce, the Abyssinian traveller, Hannah More, former bluestocking and playwright, and Bishop Porteus. Wolcot had a remarkable vein of humour and wit, which, while intensely comic to persons not involved, stung its subjects to the quick. He had likewise strong intelligence, and a power of coining effective phrases.
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Provenance                 The property of an American Collector, Bonhams, 21 November, 2007, lot 122
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 10, 49 (#201) 68 (sitter # 54).
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
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