Jonathan Britain.What Villains Set the Portsmouth Yard on Fire? / Twas Jonathan & Co by whose desire? / For due Rewards Ill own, before a Bench, / My Name is Britain, but my Heart is French.
Publish'd by Wm Humphrey, at the Shell Warehouse, opposite Cecil Court, St Martin's Lane, Novr. 20th 1771.
Mezzotint, lettered state, very scarce; 350 x 250mm. 13¾ x 9¾". Creased and rubbed, with scruffy extremities.
Portrait of Jonathan Britain, forger and informer; half-length, three-quarter to left, resting his left elbow on a table and holding a scroll on which can be read the title of the newspaper 'The Whisperer'; in oval frame. Britain confessed when brought to trial in 1771, for forging bills, that he was concerned in setting fire to the Portsmouth docks, naming others of high rank as conspirators, but his statements were not believed. Thomas Parkinson (1744-1789?).
D'Oench 11. Chaloner Smith 24, II. Frankau 46, III.
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