This Print represents the Attempted Assassination of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria and H.R.H. Prince Albert,at Constitution Hill by Edward Oxford, on the Evening of Wednesday June 10th 1840.
Lithograph, rare. Sheet 260 x 355mm (10¼ x 14").
The scene of the first attempt on Queen Victoria's life, showing the pregnant monarch and her husband travelling on Constitution Hill in a phæton, the Wellington Arch in the background, and Edward Oxford with his pistol raised. After firing two shots he was seized by onlookers. He was charged with treason, but, as no bullets could be found at the scene, it could not be proved his pistols had more than powder in them. He was found 'not guilty by reason of insanity' and sent to Bethlem asylum, where he was a model prisoner for nearly quarter of a century. In 1864 he was transferred to Broadmoor, still a model prisoner, and in 1867 it was decided to release him on the proviso he left the country and never returned. He left for Australia, where he changed his name to John Freeman, married, served as a churchwarden in Melbourne and published a book called Lights and Shadows of Melbourne Life in 1888. He died in 1900.
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