Daniel Lambert(1770-1809), Keeper of Leicester gaol
Sitter in 2 portraits
Daniel Lambert was forced to retire from his role as keeper of Leicester gaol due to his weight. In 1806 he had a special carriage built to carry him to London, where he became a celebrity, exhibiting himself as a natural curiosity at 53 Piccadilly for a fee of a shilling. He was widely discussed in the press and frequently appeared in caricatures. He died aged 39 weighing over 52 stone -- the heaviest recorded person in history (until the twentieth century). He remains a popular historical figure and one of Leicester’s ‘most famous icons’.