Richard Patch. From an original Drawing taken in Court during the Trial [by G.Simpson, for the express purpose of this publication.] for the murder of his Partner Blight April 6th 1806.
London. Published April 12th 1806 by Jeffery, Pall Mall.
Stipple engraving, open letter proof. Sheet 230 x 160mm, 9 x 6¼". Edges chipped, part of title excised and replaced with an ink mss. label. Tear into right hand side of the image.
Portrait taken during a famous murder trial at the Session House, Newington. Patch was accused of shooting Isaac Blight, his former master. Such was the interest in the case that special accomodation was made for two sons of George III to attend, the Dukes of Cumberland and Sussex. Patch was found guilty and was sentenced to death & dissection. Patch was hung on the 7th April, the day after this portrait was drawn: the portrait was published only five days later. A full account of the trial was also published.
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