An old woman dressed in her nightcap and gown, her one breast hanging exposed from her gown, climbs into bed in which her husband already lies. She expels gas from her bottom in the direction of the candle on the ground in front of the fireplace with such force that it lifts the cat off the ground and bends the candle. Above the fireplace is a broadside entitled: The storm by Mr. Dodd, cease rude boreas balstering railes … On the table below the window (left) is a bowl labeled “Pease porridge” and a wig on a stand. On the ground at her feet lies a corset, shoes and other garments. Above the bed are boxed and breeches; a man’s coat is hung on the back of the chair to the right of the hearth.
Creator: Nixon, John, -1818, artist.
Title:A patentextinguisher, being a safe & easy mode of putting out a candle.
Summary:A descriptive first-hand account of the famed murder trial of Mary Blandy, who in 1752 stood accused of poisoning her invalid father with white arsenic in his food, on the instructions of her aspiring lover, William Henry Cranstoun, who was, unbeknownst to her, already in possession of a wife, but was hungry for the £10,000 Miss Blandy was due to inherit. The trial, conducted in Oxford, continued for some eleven and a half hours without respite, and saw Mary condemned to death. The ‘fair parricide’, as she was known, was hanged on 6 April 1752, her last words being ‘Gentlemen, don’t hang me high for the sake of decency’. Stillingfleet watched the whole trial, remarking ‘I feel the effects of being at it yet for I was almost squeez’d to death in the crowd’. While admiring Blandy’s speech as ‘very fine & very artfully drawn up’, his own verdict on the case is unambiguous: ‘I never heard of a more premeditated piece of cruelty’.
Author: Stillingfleet, Edward, -1795.
Title: Letter : Wadham College [Oxford], to his sister Molly, 1752 March 5.
A dustman bends over a large woman who has fallen and lifts her by placing his hands under her arms. She looks up angerly and shakes her fist at the dustman’s young assistant in an apron who looks on (left) with a smile and hand raised. Two dogs jump around the group.
“Notice. This is to give notice to those persons who are in the constant habit of pirating my copyrights that if they dare to print any part of this sheet, they shall be proceeded against according to the law. James Catnach”
Title: Life in London, or, The sprees of Tom and Jerry : attempted in cuts and verse / quod Jas. C-n-h, March 23, 1822.
Edition: Eighth edition.
Publication: London : Printed and sold by J. Catnach, 2 Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials, [23 March 1822]
Title: Seizure of the ship Industry by a conspiracy and the consequent sufferings of Capt. James Fox and his companions : their captivity among the Esquimaux Indians in North America and the miraculous escape of the captain : the disasters which attended the mutineers : interspersed with anecdotes, descriptions, &c. : also, the providential escape and sufferings of Captain Boyce in the year 1727.
Published: London : Printed for Thomas Tegg, 111 Cheapside, [1810?]