The Golden Farmer and the Tinker.
Engraving and etching. Plate 310 x 210mm (12¼ x 8¼"). Toning and some creases.
William Davis, a highwayman active in Surrey and Kent nicknamed the Golden Farmer, on horseback at left, pointing a pistol at a terrifiied tinker who drops his goods. Davis, knowing the tinker was not an honest worker (sabotaging anything he was paid to mend) and had seven or eight pounds on him, stopped and robbed him on Blackheath. Davis eventually went to the gallows in 1689, having shot dead a butcher who tried to stop him after a robbery. He was executed at the end of Sailisbury Court in Fleet Street and left to rot hanging in chains on Bagshot Heath. An illustration to an edition of Capt.n Alexander Smith's (pseud.) History of the Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen'. First published in 1714, this bestseller was republished with a variety of titles.
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