Cries of London

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Cries of London, No. 3. A street ballad singer, of the St. Giles' order, is crying the last speech of 'the unfortunate malefactors who were executed this morning:' a common enough announcement when the extreme punishment of hanging visited small offences, and executions were of more frequent occurrence. That the fear of capital punishment did not act as a corrective to theft is illustrated in the background of the print, where a mere infant is drawn in the act of picking the pocket of a passing pedestrian. Artist/Etcher: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827; Merke, Henri. Date: February 20, 1799. Sourced from Digital Commonwealth website.

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