|L. P. Boitard
|Published according to Act of Parliament May 27th 1754. Printed for & Sold by Thos. Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard. & John Bowles & Son at the Bolack Horse in Cornhill.
|Image 210 x 183 mm, Plate 251 x 201 mm, Sheet 259 x 204 mm
Half-length portrait of Elizabeth Canning seated at a table. She wears a simple dress with a laced bodice, and a bonnet upon her head.
Elizabeth Canning (married name Treat; 1734–1773), was an English maidservant who claimed she had been attacked by two men near Bedlam Hospital, kidnapped, and held against her will by Susannah Wells and Mary Squires. After apparently being kept in a hayloft for nearly a month, Canning is said to have escaped and returned to her mothers house. Wells and Squires were tried and found guilty, but were later released when queries around the case arose. Canning was found guilty of perjury, and sentenced to one month's imprisonment, and seven years of transportation. Canning became central to one of the most famous English criminal mysteries of the 18th century, and the mystery surrounding her disappearance is still unsolved.
O'Donoghue 1, Roux (IFF) 23.
Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd
Condition: Trimmed just outside plate mark, time toning to margins.