Daniel Lambert, weighing almost 40 stone
Oil on canvas, British, 19th century
Daniel Lambert was born the son of a Leicester gaoler in 1791.
Despite claiming to only drink water and eat in moderation, he
increased enormously in size and weight so that by the age of 36 he
weighed over 50 stone and measured 9 feet 4 inches round his body.
He turned his bulk to profit by exhibiting himself all over
England, charging people a shilling to see him.