Etching with drypoint, small margins, paper watermarked. Plate 184 x 147mm (7¼ x 5¾"). Slight stain on right; glued to backing sheet at top corners.
Elizabeth Canning (1734-1773) in the witness box, portrayed here by Thomas Worlidge, the 'English Rembrandt'. Canning was a London scullerymaid whose alleged kidnapping caused a sensation in 1753. She disappeared for a month before returning to her mother's home. Susannah Wells and Mary Squires, Canning's alleged captors, were tried and found guilty. However, Crisp Gascoyne, trial judge and Lord Mayor of London, was unhappy with the verdict and began his own investigation which led to information proving Squires and her family to be innocent. Several of the prosecution witnesses recanted their earlier testimonies and Canning was tried and found guilty of perjury. She was sentenced to one month's imprisonment and seven years of transportation.
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