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John Laguerre as Gubbins in The Dragon of Wantley

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1737 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Laguerre, John (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink drawing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case DT, shelf 1, box A

Physical description

Drawing of Jean Laguerre as Gubbins in The Dragon of Wantley. On the back are 6 sketches of male heads including three caricatures of men wearing wigs.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


ca. 1737 (made)


Laguerre, John (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink drawing

Marks and inscriptions

'Charles William J[...]t'

'Poor Children Three - Devoured he That Could not with Him graple and at one Sup he Eat them up as one would Eat an Aple an A...and at one Sup - he Eat them up as one would Eat and Aple. The Musick by Mr:[...]'
Inscribed on the back


Height: 22.2 cm, Width: 15.2 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing of John Laguerre as Gubbins in The Dragon of Wantley, pen and ink, possibly by John Laguerre, ca. 1737.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1955-1956. London: HMSO, 1963.

Production Note

John, or Jean, Laguerre was the son of the painter Louis Laguerre (1663-1721). He trained under his father as an artist, although he later became a singer in London. It is possible that this drawing was done by him.





Subjects depicted

Artist; Actor; Singer


Drawings; Portraits; Theatre


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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