Henry Scogan  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
"The collection of the jefts of Scogan, or, as he was popularly called, Scogin, which is faid to

have been compiled by Andrew Borde, was probably given to the world a few years before, but no copies of the earlier editions are now known to exift. Scogan, the hero of thefe jefts, is defcribed as occupying at the court of Henry VII. a petition not much different from that of an ordinary court-fool. Good old Holinfhed the chronicler fays of him, perhaps a little too gently, that he was "a learned gentleman and fludent for a time in Oxford, of a pleafant wit, and bent to merrie devices, in refpedt whereof he was called into the court, where, giving himfelfe to his naturall inclination of mirth and pleafant paftime, he plaied manie fporting parts, although not in fuch uncivil manner as hath beene of him reported." --History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art

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