Silhouette of an extremely fat person at Bonham’s London

Obesity has been a growing concern in recent years covered in mass media and highlighted by various films. Bonhams’ Sale of Portrait Miniatures & Silhouettes on 28 June 2005 at 101 New Bond Street in London will show, however, that the problem is not a new phenomenon.

An early 19th century silhouette – a picture cut out on card – of the Reverend Joseph Coltman (1776-1837) on an early boneshaker known as a «dandy horse», showing the extent of obesity some 175 years ago, will be presented at the forthcoming auction. Joseph Coltman, the curate of Beverley Minster in Yorkshire, weighed 37 stone and eight pounds (that is nearly 263 kg). He was believed to have been the heaviest man living in England at the time. The English School silhouette, dated around 1830, is expected to fetch £200-300.

The most popular were full-length silhouettes. They were often executed by quite amateur traveling artists who would set themselves up in a town for a few days and advertise themselves as artists who were able to take people’s «likeness».

In December 2004, an enormous pair of woolen socks belonging to Daniel Lambert of Leicester, who, in 1809, weighed a massive 52 stone 11 pounds (that is nearly 369 kg.), was sold for £235.

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