Cunningham's Adventure with the Astrologer.
Hand-coloured aquatint. 209 x 128mm. 8¼ x 5. Slightly messy.
Sawney Cunningham murdered his wife's lover and uncle and terrorised the countryside until he was eventually caught and executed at Leith in 1635. Here he is in an astrologer's study, with stuffed animals and animal skeletons suspended from the ceiling, specimen jars on the window ledge and globes and a compass on the desk behind. A copy of William Jett's engraving for Johnson's 'A General and True History of the Lives and Actions of the most Famous Highwaymen, Murderers, Street-Robbers, &c, to which is added A Geniune Account of the Voyages and Plunders of the most Noted Pirates'
See Ref: 15429 & 9527 for earlier uncoloured engraving impressions.
[Ref: 27701] £130.00