'Mrs Everitt and her Son; the Gigantic Infant', 1780.
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Engraving by W Richardson. The prodigious size of this child, who at the age of 11 months was 3' 3" tall and whose chest measured 2' 6" is attributed to the positive effects of breastfeeding. Born on 7 February 1779 at Enfield Paper Mills, Middlesex, the child was apparently not an exceptionally large baby at birth.