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John Baggridge; commonly called Jack Double-head (w / c on paper)

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John Baggridge; commonly called Jack Double-head (w / c on paper)

3504920 John Baggridge; commonly called Jack Double-head (w/c on paper) by Dempsey, John Church (c.1803-77); Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: portrait of the Bristol character, John Baggridge, commonly known as Jack Double-head on account of a physical disability
this drawing is mounted with a near contemporary hand-written account and description of the sitter
); eBristol Museums, Galleries & Archives; British, out of copyright

Media ID 22729880

© Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives / Bridgeman Images

Deformed Deformity Description Dickensian Disability Disabled Discrimination Handwritten Local Moral Morality Personality Prejudice


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This print showcases the intriguing portrait of John Baggridge, affectionately known as Jack Double-head. Painted by the talented artist John Church Dempsey in the 19th century, this watercolor on paper can be found at the esteemed Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in the UK. The image depicts a man with a physical disability, which earned him his unique nickname. The drawing is accompanied by a handwritten account and description of Baggridge himself, providing valuable insight into his personality and life. This additional information adds depth to an already fascinating piece of art. Baggridge's profile reveals not only his physical deformity but also hints at the societal prejudices he may have faced during Victorian times. The hat he wears serves as both a fashion statement and perhaps a symbol of resilience against discrimination. This painting transports us back to Dickensian England, where individuals like Baggridge were often marginalized due to their disabilities. It serves as a poignant reminder of how far we have come in terms of inclusivity and acceptance today. As we admire this remarkable artwork, let us reflect on our own attitudes towards those who are different from us. May it inspire compassion and empathy for all individuals who face adversity simply because they do not fit society's narrow definition of "normal. "

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