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date: 27 October 2020

Coan, Johnlocked

(1727/8–1764)
  • Helen Stoddart

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Coan, John (1727/8–1764), sideshow performer, was born at Tivetshall, Norfolk. Although he has been known as the Norfolk Dwarf, both accounts of his development and pictorial representations of him reveal that he was not a dwarf but a midget. Coan appeared to grow normally in his early years but by the time he was exhibited at the ...

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Gentleman's Magazine
P. H. Highfill, K. A. Burnim, & E. A. Langhans, , 16 vols. (1973–93)
Huntington Library, San Marino, California