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[John Cottington] Mulld . Sake.
[John Cottington] Mulld . Sake. I Walke the Strand, and Westminster; and Scorne / to march t'th Cittie; though I beare the Horne, / My feather, and my yellow Band, accord / to prove me Courtier, My Boote, spur, and sword, / My smokinge Pipe, Scarfe, Garter, Rose on Shoe, / Showe my brave mind, t'affect what Gallants do. / I Singe, dance, drinke, and merrily passe the day, / and like a Chimney, sweep all care away.
Pub.d Aug.t 8th 1794 by Caulfield and Herbert.
Etching with engraving. Sheet 245 165mm (9½ x 6½"). Trimmed within plate.
Full length portrait of John Cottington (1610-1655), called 'Mul-Sack', a chimney sweep, carrying the tools of his trade. However, after a bad marriage (his bride turned out to be a cross-dresser), he turned to crime: becoming a pickpocket, he is said to have attempted to steal Oliver Cromwell's purse. After a failed attempt at highway robbery he fled to the contintent, where he was introduced at the court of exiled Charles II. Assuming he had enough intelligence to buy a pardon from Oliver Cromwell, he returned to England, but he was arrested and executed in Smithfield Rounds in April, 1655. From James Caulfield's 'Portraits, Memoirs, and Characters of remarkable Persons, from the Reign of Edward III to the Revolution'.
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Mrs Jane Gibbs as she appeared before the magistrate at Bow St
Mrs Jane Gibbs as she appeared before the magistrate at Bow St charged by Mr Evans Admiralty Messenger with atrociously endeavouring to repeat on him the attempt she had made on the Life of Mr Beck at the Old Bailey by falsely swearing a Robbery against him.
[by John Cawse?]
Publish'd October 14/99.
Rare etching, late 18th century watermark. Sheet: 230 x 175mm (9 x 7"). Trimmed within plate, losing 'Drawn from Life' above portrait.
A half-length portrait of Jane Gibbs, who achieved notoriety during two trials held in the autumn of 1799. Gibbs was a street walker who often used extortion to make her money, she would approach men and solicit her services or ask for money, if they did not oblige she would threaten to say that they had tried to rob her and this would usually loosen their purse strings. However, a man named Jeremiah Beck refused to go along with her scheme so she took him to court. Unfortunately for Gibbs, several passers by and a juror recognised her and the case was thrown out. Not long after Gibbs attempted the same robbery on another man but the watchman recognised her from print shop windows and arrested her; she was eventually sent to Bedlam.
BM 1851,0901.1001: ''attributed to Cawse on stylistic grounds (Andrew Norton, correspondence 15 February 2008)''.
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