James Ings. Thomas Brunt.
London, Published by Tho.s Kelly, 17, Paternoster Row, May 2 1820.
Stipple. Sheet size: 220 x 130mm (8¾ x 5¼").
A double portrait of James Ings (above) and Thomas Brunt (below). Both head and shoulders, directed to and facing the left. The Cato Street Conspiracy was an attempt to murder all of the British cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Lord Liverpool in 1820. The police had an informer and the plotters fell into a police trap and 13 were arrested, while one policeman was killed. Five conspirators were executed, and five others were transported to Australia. James Ings, a coffee shop keeper and former butcher, later announced that he would have decapitated all the cabinet members and taken two heads to exhibit on Westminster Bridge. John Brunt escaped the police but was caught and arrested a few days later. The execution of Ings and Brunt, as well as Thistlewood, Davidson and Tidd took place on May 1st at Newgate, the day before this print was published.
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