|Artist||John Thomas Smith|
|Published||London Pub: June 1797, by N.Smith, Rembrandts Head G.Mays Bulidings, St Martins Lane,& I.T Smith, No 40 Frith Street, Soho.|
|Dimensions||Image 152 x 167mm, Plate 175 x 180 mm, Sheet 310 x 243mm.|
Later printing on watermarked paper '9 4'
Jack Straw (probably the same person as John Rakestraw or Rackstraw) was one of the three leaders of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. Straw was commemorated in the name of a pub on the edge of Hampstead Heath, London. The Jack Straw's Castle, reputed to be the highest pub in London, took its name from a story that Straw addressed groups of rebels on the Heath from a hay wagon which became known as "Jack Straw's Castle".