Maldoror, Joshua Shaw, ‘The Deluge’, the copper percussion cap and the Lincolnshire connection.


Photo of my ancient copy of Lautreamont’s Maldoror.For some reason I decided to find out more about the artist whose painting (‘The Deluge’) has been used on the cover. This was Joshua Shaw. He turns out to have been born in Billingobrough in Lincolnshire in 1776 (some of the entries call it Bellingborough – and the Wikipedia entry states, presumably incorrectly, that he was born in Ellesmere Port). He made a career for himself as an artist both in Britain and the United States, where he died in 1860. However, it was not just in the arts that he distinguished himself but also in armaments, since he invented the copper percussion cap.





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