Paying their Footing,!! or the Public Judgment. John Bull on the Bench.
Etching with hand colour, sheet 249 x 355mm. Trimmed to plate.
John Bull in a judge's robes passes sentence on three defendants before him. They are Colonel William Berkeley, the actress Maria Foote, Countess of Harrington (1797? - 1867), and a man called Hayne. In 1815 Foote formed at Cheltenham an intrigue with Berkeley, by whom she had two children. An alleged promise of marriage made by him was not kept. ‘Pea Green’ Haynes then proposed to her and was accepted. He retracted his offer however, and as the result of an action for breach of promise of marriage had to pay 3,000l. damages. These proceedings gave rise to a keen pamphlet warfare, through which, and through some opposition on the stage, Miss Foote retained a large measure of public sympathy. Attributed to Henry Heath (1822 - 1851, fl.), draughtsman, lithographer and etcher of political caricatures; relationship to William Heath unknown.
BM Satires: 14860. Ex: Collection of Alec Clunes. From the Minto Wilson Collection.
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