Barrington,tried in a Cause of Outlawry &c Taken by Stealth in Court.
Rare stipple engraving with 6pp letterpress, sheets 210 x 130mm (8¼ x 5"). Trimmed to platemark.
George Barrington (1755 - 1804), actor, pickpocket and transported convict born in Ireland. London's 'prince of pickpockets', Barrington was famed for escapades such as his attempted snatch of the Russian Count Orlov's diamond snuff-box in 1775. Barrington evaded prosecution numerous times, helped by his celebrated courtroom oratory, and was painted by leading portraitist William Beechey (c.1785). Eventually Barrington was sentenced to seven years' transportation, and arrived in Australia in 1791. Barrington apparently underwent religious conversion and was given a conditional pardon in 1792 before in 1796 he was not only given an absolute pardon but was made superindent of convicts at Parramatta. Ever since his conviction in 1790 Barrington's name was exploited by London publishers, which attached his name to all manner of accounts of the New South Wales colony claiming to be written by Barrington. Portrait, with an account of Barrington's trial, from the 'Wonderful Magazine', an entertaining but short-lived periodical founded in 1793 by the hack writer and bookseller Henry Lemoine (1756-1812).
For another portrait of Barrington see ref. 38036.
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