A True Representation of Tower Hill,as it Appear'd from a rais'd point of View on the North side, Aug.t ye 18th 1746, when the Earl of Kilmarnock and the Lord Balmerino were Beheaded.
Publishd According to Act of Parliament 1747. and Sold No, 2 Maiden Lane Cheapside.
Engraving, scarce. 380 x 600mm (15 x 23½"). Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
A view of the enormous crowd gathered to watch the executions of William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock (1704-46) & Arthur Elphinstone, 6th Lord Balmerinoch (1688-1746), two supporters of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Both were captured at Culloden, tried, found guilty and beheaded, Elphinstone needing three blows of the axe. Elphinstone's famous last words were 'If I had a thousand lives, I would lay them all down in the same cause'. The British Museum dates their example, also with the Maiden Lane address added, to the 1760s: John Manson published his 'summer catalogue for 1762, Containing a valuable collection of books of prints and books in all languages and sciences lately purchased' from that address.
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