Eliz. Squires the Gypsy, who was Condemned for Stripping Eliza. Canning, at Endfield Wash;and has since obtain'd his Majesty's most Gracious Pardon.
Etching, platemark 210 x 170mm (8¼ x 6¾"). Small margins; ms verso 'NB This is one of the first impressions before he was informed of the Erroneous Name of Elizabeth put instead of Mary'. Very scarce.
Mary Squires, a gypsy living in Enfield who was accused by 18-year-old London maidservant Elizabeth Canning of involvement in a plot in which she was kept hostage with the intention of forcing her to become a prostitute. Squires and a Susannah Wells were apprehended, and tried at the Old Bailey; Squires was sentenced to death by hanging. However, new evidence emerged which supported Squires' alibi that she was in Dorset at the time of the alleged abduction, and she was pardoned in May 1753. Canning was subsequently tried for perjury and sentenced to seven years' transportation. She spent the rest of her life in Wethersfield, Connecticut. As stated on the reverse, an extremely rare example with Squires' christian name given as 'Elizabeth' before the printmaker Thomas Worlidge became aware of the error.
State i/iii; W88; D213; Ex collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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