Matthew Buchinger (1674-1740), Magician and showman
Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 2 portraits
Matthew Buchinger (born without limbs): Matthew Buchinger was born in Anspach, Germany in 1674. Despite being born with no hands or legs, he became one of the most well known performers of his day. Musically gifted, he played over a dozen musical instruments and danced. He was an expert calligrapher, magician, and bowler. He was also said to have built magnificent ships in bottles, and was a good marksman with a pistol. He was married at least four times and fathered eleven children. During his lifetime he performed for many kings of Germany and several times before King George. He died in Cork, Ireland in 1732.