The Beheading of the Rebel Lords on Great Tower Hill.At this scene which Blood must deeply stain, [/] Scarce can the pitying Eye the Tear restrain: [/] But the same Instant call to mental sight, [/] Those Heros bleeding in their Country's Right: [/] Intrepid Gard'ner and each brave Monro, [/] We check the Grief, & think the Axe too slow, [/] One Briton, who for sacred Freedom falls, [/] For a whole Hecatomb of Rebels calls. [...]
Engraving. 380 x 260mm. (15 x 10¼"). Cut; paper tone; slight surface loss in title area.
Scaffold on the left surrounded by horse and foot guards, holding back the throng of spectators, who also watch from tiers erected for the purpose and the adjacent buildings; on the scaffold the execution of Lord Kilmarnock and Balmerino is taking place, the executioner raises the axe high above his head; when brought to the Grand Jury, Kilmarnock pleaded guilty, whilst Balmerino pleaded not guilty; both were executed. The Tower can be seen on the right, with 'last speech' vendors in the foreground on the right.
[Ref: 28488] £240.00