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"). Trimmed on platemark; paper tone to edges.
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. Posthumous impression from the reissue by Worlidge's widow Mary in 1767 with the number '17' added in the top right corner to correspond with the numbers in her sales catalogue.
State ii/iii; W88; D213. Ex collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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