Sarah Malcom Aetat: XXII.No Recompence but Love.
Etching with small margins, very scarce. Platemark: 170 x 120mm (6¾ x 4¾"). Glued at corners to backing sheet.
A copy in reverse after William Hogarth's portrait of Sarah Malcolm, who in 1733 was executed for a triple murder. A clergyman stands behind Malcolm holding up a wedding ring, and to the left, is a view of her execution in Fleet Street. Malcolm assisted in the robbery and murder of a lodger in one of the Temple chambers, a rich, 80 year old woman, Mrs. Lydia Duncomb, for whom Sarah had worked in the past. Mrs. Duncomb shared her lodgings with a long term companion, 60 year old Mrs. Harrison, and her young servant, 26 year old Ann Price. The dead bodies of the three women were discovered the following afternoon. Awaiting execution in Newgate, Malcolm was visited by William Hogarth who sketched her and then painted her portrait, from which this print has been copied.
[Ref: 35435] £160.00