The Hammersmith Ghost.
Engraving. 200 x 110mm, 8 x 4½".
In 1803 the 'Hammersmith Ghost', apparently the spirit of a man who had committed suicide by cutting his own throat, was terrorising the area and one of his victims, a woman taking a shortcut through a graveyard, died of shock. In the ensuing furore a dust-covered bricklayer was shot dead by a customs officer (who was sentenced to death but was reprieved), before the real 'ghost' was captured. It was a man trying to frighten people in retaliation for someone having scared his children by telling them ghost stories.
[Ref: 26319] £130.00