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James Macleane, the Gentleman Highwayman at the Bar

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  • Title (object)

    • James Macleane, the Gentleman Highwayman at the Bar
  • Description

    A broadside on the trial of the robber James Maclaine; with an etching showing the interior of a court room, the judges seated on the left, Maclaine standing on the right, in the middle background a lady standing, giving evidence in his favour; and with engraved title and letterpress text giving an account of the trial in three columns. ([London,] Fox: 1750)


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  • Date

    • 1750
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 406 millimetres (printed area)
    • Width: 253 millimetres (printed area)
    • Height: 24900 millimetres (etching, cut within the plate mark)
    • Width: 250 millimetres (etching, cut within the plate mark)
    • Height: 407 millimetres
    • Width: 255 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        With title on plate below, followed by 'Printed for T. Fox in the Old Baily, Publish'd according to Act of Parliament Sept 29 1750. Price 6d col 1s'
  • Curator's comments

    Maclaine's various crimes included the robbing of the Salisbury Coach at Turnham Green on 26 June 1750, disguised with a Venetian mask, and in 1749 the robbing of a gold watch from Horace Walpole.
    See Sheila O'Connell, 'London 1753', BM 2003, cat.5.93, and pp.259-260. The same plate was adapted in 1754 for the trial of Elizabeth Canning (ibid cat.1.64). For another impression of the same sheet, see BM 1851-3-8-407.


  • Location

    Not on display (Broadsides British 1750 Imp)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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