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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'.

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Daniel Lambert, by (Benedictus) Antonio van Assen, published by and after  J. Parry - NPG D21428

Daniel Lambert

by (Benedictus) Antonio van Assen, published by and after J. Parry
etching, published 4 February 1805
NPG D21428

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Daniel Lambert

attributed to Benjamin Marshall
oil on canvas, early 19th century
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L263

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