Miss Mary Blandy.

Method Copper engraving
Published Published by H. R. Young, 56 Paternoster Row. [1819]
Dimensions Image 168 x 164 mm, Plate 252 x 158 mm, Sheet 306 x 247 mm
Notes From James Caulfield's Portraits, Memoirs, and Characters of Remarkable Persons, from the Revolution in 1688 to the end of the reign of George II.

Mary Blandy (1720 -1752) was the only child of Francis Blandy, a lawyer in Henley, Oxfordshire, whom she murdered. In 1746, Mary met Captain William Henry Cranstoun, and the two intended to marry in 1751. It was revealed, however, that Cranstoun was already married to a woman in Scotland, with whom he had a child. Mary's father greatly disapproved of Cranstoun, and was not convinced by his claims that he would leave his wife for Mary. Mary went on to poison her father, adding arsenic into his food, which led to his death. Mary claimed that Cranstoun had sent her the arsenic under the pretence that it was a love potion, stating that if she gave it to her father, it would cause him to approve of their relationship. Mary was, however, found guilty, and hanged outside of Oxford Castle prison on April 6th, 1752.

Condition: Foxing to margins, with a few spots to image, and time toning to edges of sheet. Some creasing to corners of sheet.
Framing unmounted
Price £35.00
Stock ID 40157