[A man (priest?) visiting a prisoner (John Howard?)]Vide Howard on Prisons, Page 82_Octavo Edition.
Published as the Act directs. by J. Dodsley, in Pall Mall, June 26th. 1780."
Etching on india paper, 225 x 175mm. 9 x 7". Lacking right margin, else a fine impression.
A semi-naked chained to a wall in a vaulted prison, seated on the ground; the jailor, key suspended from belt, and a male visitor stand over him in front of a staircase on the right. Plate to the second edition of 'The State of the Prisons in England and Wales' (Warrington, 1780) by John Howard (1726?-1790), prison reformer and social campaigner. Howard himself experienced imprisonment in France in 1756. It was not until 1773 when he became High Sherriff of Bedfordshire that he initiated an important campaign to transform prison conditions. His long series of visits to prisons in Britain and most European countries led him to write his influential book, first published in 1777. A highly reserved man, Howard shunned public recognition throughout his life.
De Vesme 1735, III of III.
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