Bampfylde Moore Carew King of the Beggars.From the Original Picture in the Possession of Tho.s Carew Esq.r of Crowcombe in Somersetshire.
Mezzotint with large margins, very fine, platemark 335 x 230mm
Portrait of Bampfylde Moore Carew (1693 - 1759), impostor, taken from the portrait by Richard Phelps (London, National Portrait Gallery) At the age of twelve he was sent to Tiverton school, where he became involved with schoolboys who owned a pack of hounds, and one day they followed a deer so far that neighbouring farmers came to complain of the damage done. To avoid punishment the youths ran away and joined some gypsies. His career was a long series of swindling and imposture, very ingeniously carried out, occasionally deceiving people who should have known him well. His restless nature then drove him to embark for Newfoundland, where he stopped but a short time, and on his return he pretended to be the mate of a vessel, and eloped with the daughter of a respectable apothecary of Newcastle-on-Tyne, whom he afterwards married. When Clause Patch, a king, or chief of the gipsies, died, Carew was elected his successor, although he was transported to Maryland. On his arrival he escaped and met some Indians, who relieved him of his collar. He then travelled to Pennsylvania (where he pretended to be a quaker), stopping in Philadelphia, New York, and New London, from where he embarked for England. He escaped impressment on board a man-of-war by pricking his hands and face, and rubbing in bay salt and gunpowder, so as to simulate small-pox. After his landing he continued his impostures, found out his wife and daughter, and seems to have wandered into Scotland about 1745, and is said to have accompanied the Pretender to Carlisle and Derby.
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