A Perspective View of the Execution of Lord Ferrers at Tyburn May 5th 1760 for the Murder of his Steward.
Engraving. 225 x 330mm. Trimmed to image on three sides.
Laurence Shirley, fourth Earl Ferrers, 1720-1760. He was tried by his peers in Westminster Hall on 16 April for the deliberate shooting of John Johnson, receiver of rents for the Trustees of the Ferrers estates. Failing to win any mercy from the courts he was commited to the Tower. While there he was frequently visited by his cousin the then famous Selina Hastings Countess of Huntingdon. He is said to be the first to be hanged by the new drop method that replaced hand cart, gibbet and ladder. His body was then dissected at Surgeon's Hall. It is not proven but legend has claimed he was hanged with a silk cord. He was succeeded by his brother who through his distinction was regranted estated forfeited by the Fourth Earl.
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