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Portrait of a Big-fingered Boy

"Portrait of a Big-fingered Boy" is copyright    2004 by James G. Mundie. All rights reserved.  Reproduction prohibited.

Pen and ink, 8 x 6 inches, 2004

This is not a portrait any run-of-the-mill, garden-variety big-fingered boy — no, it is Joe, the Big-fingered Boy. One must admit that was not a very inventive stage name, but it was certainly descriptive. Joe and his over-sized digits graced sideshows at the turn of the twentieth century. According to author Max Rusid, Joe was a performer with the Colonel Cummings Wild West Show during the 1906 season.

My portrait of Joe was inspired by one of his pitchcards and Sandro Botticelli's late fifteenth-century painting, Portrait of a Youth in the collection of the National Gallery (Washington D.C.).




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