[The Radlet Murder.] Dragging for the body of Mr Weare, in the Pond of Elstree.... Safe in a titch he bides, / With Twenty trenched gashes in his head, / The least a death to Nature.
Pub.d 18 Nov.r 1823, by W. Chapman, 362 Oxford St.t.
Scarce coloured lithograph. Printed area 235 x 270mm (9¼ x 10¾"). Some surface soiling.
One of five plates, all with quotations from Shakespeare, published between 12 and 25 November 1823, illustrating the 'Radlet Murder'. Solicitor and gambler William Weare was shot, had his throat cut and finally bludgeoned, before his body was dumped in a pond. John Thurtell & William Probert were tried, found guilty, executed and dissected. A waxwork of Thurtell's body was displayed in Madame Tussauds for 150 years A third man, Joseph Hunt, was condemned to death but, because he co-operated with the police, had his sentence was commuted to transportation to Botany Bay, where he rehabilitated himself enough to be made a police constable. Australian interest.
[Ref: 39333] £240.00