John Rann.Alias Sixteen String Jack.
Etching. Sheet size: 100 x 145mm. (4 x 5¾"). Cut inside platemark.
Portrait of a young boy, half-length in profile to left, wearing a broad-brimmed hat with rope around it, holding a cut-throat razor. John Rann (1750 - 1774) was an English criminal and highwayman during the mid-18th century. A prominent and colourful local figure renowned for his wit and charm, he would later come to be known as "Sixteen String Jack" for the 16 various coloured strings he wore on the knees of his silk breeches, among other eccentric costumes. Rann was sentenced to death in Newgate, after being tried 17 times.
Ex CLB collection.
[Ref: 31562] £140.00