Mr. Richard Patch.Executed April 8, 1806, for the Murder of Mr Blight; his Trial lasted 12 Hours, was attended by 10 Witnesses and developed a most unprecedented chain of black Ingratitude, cool determined Cruelty, and rapacious Fraud. A Model of Mr. Bs. House was produced on the Trial. [Upper right corner:] He that sheddeth Manís blood By Man shall his blood be shed.
Pubd A Beugo Maiden Lane April 12 1806.
Aquatint and etching. 242 x 209mm (9Ĺ x 8ľ"). Glued to backing sheet at corners.
Richard Patch (1770/-1806) portrayed in an imaginative mixed-media print with the all-seeing eye looking down on him and the devil by his side. Patch was accused of shooting Isaac Blight, his former master. Such was the interest in the case that special accomodation was made for two sons of George III to attend, the Dukes of Cumberland and Sussex. Patch was found guilty and was sentenced to death & dissection. Patch was hung on the 8th April, and this portrait was published just five days later. A full account of the trial was also published.
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