The Red Barn at PolsteadAn accurate View of the Interior, showing the hole from which the Body of Maria Marten was taken. A correct View of the Exterior.
London, Published by T. Kelly, Paternoster Row, Aug.t 2. 1828.
Engraving, sheet 210 x 120mm (8¼ x 4¾"). Glued to backing sheet at top corners.
The notorious 'Red Barn' in Polstead, Suffolk, the scene of an infamous murder committed by William Corder in 1827. Corder (1803-28), a fraudster and ladies' man, made a rendezvous with his girlfriend Maria Marten at the barn on the pretext of eloping. Instead he killed her, stuffed her body in a sack and buried her. Corder disappeared and wrote home pretending the two were together, but Marten's body was discovered and a hunt for Corder started. He was, arrested, tried, and sentenced to be hung and dissected. The hanging attracted a huge crowd; the dissection was performed before an audience of Cambridge students. A battery was connected to his limbs to demonstrate muscle contraction; Corder's skin was tanned by the surgeon George Creed and used to bind an account of the murder; and his skeleton was put on display in the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons.
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