Sir John Fielding, Kn.t.
Pub.d 1st Jan.ry 1777, by W.m Humphrey Gerrard Street, Soho.
Mezzotint, rare. 390 x 280mm (15¼ x 11"). Trimmed close to plate, creasing on right.
Sir John Fielding (1721-1780), English magistrate and social reformer, leaning on a book titled 'The Law' on the spine crushing a serpent. Despite being blinded in a navy accident aged 19, Fielding set up his own business and, in his spare time, studied law. He worked very closely with his half-brother Henry Fielding (a chief magistrate as well as a novelist), creating the first professional police force, the Bow Street Runners. Known as the "Blind Beak", he could allegedly recognise three thousand criminals by the sounds of their voices.
CS: 61, ii of iii.; Frankau: 138, in between II & III. Ex: collection of the Hon. Christophe Lennox-Boyd.
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