Reference Entry

Hall, Jacob (fl. 1662–1681), rope dancer and acrobat

Daniel Hahn

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Hall, Jacob (fl. 1662–1681), rope dancer and acrobat, became fashionable in London during the 1660s for his daring displays of agility on a tightrope. He performed at Bartholomew fair in Smithfield and other similar meeting places in the city where people from all walks of life would come to see varied and often spectacular entertainments. According to one source, on 22 February 1662 ...

Reference Entry.  570 words. 

Subjects: Performing Arts

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