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Mrs.. Fry reading to the Prisoners in Newgate, in the year 1816

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  • Title (object)

    • Mrs.. Fry reading to the Prisoners in Newgate, in the year 1816
  • Description

    Mrs Fry, an elderly woman wearing a high-crowned bonnet and a shawl, sitting in a crowded prison room to left of centre, reading from a book on the table beside her, with well-dressed men and women and a parson on the left, and female inmates on the right, some repentent; a lantern hangs from the ceiling and a notice is attached to the wall, reading 'Notice is hereby given / That should any of the Bibles, / Prayer Books, or other Printed / Books, which are deposited in the / Ward, for the use of the Prisoners / be injured mutilated or defaced / every Prisoner in the Ward where / such Offence may occur, will / be held responsible and be / subject to such puinishment as / the Keeper may direct'; after Barrett. 1863
    Mixed media


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  • Date

    • 1863
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 667 millimetres (trimmed?)
    • Width: 938 millimetres (trimmed?)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title in semi-filled letters, and 'Dedicated by Permission to Miss Fry // Painted by Jerry Barrett. // London: Published May 1st.. 1863, by William Lucas & Co. 22, Golden Square, W. // Engraved by T. Oldham Barlow. // Printed by J. Brooker.'
  • Curator's comments

    Declared to the Printsellers' Association

    For an artists' proof, see 1921,0601.10. The Lennox-Boyd database records also an etched state, and one with the title in open letters, dedication from the publishers to the owner of the original, 'Richard Naylor Esq,,r ... from the original Picture in the Hooton Hall Collection', and 'Painted by John Phillip, R.A. // Engraved by T Oldham Barlow // London, Published July 31st 1860, by Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket St. James's // E. Gambart & Co. 25 Berners Street & 32 Rue D'Assas, Paris.'


  • Location

    Not on display (British Printmakers XIXc Plan Press)

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  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of the British Museum, the Art Fund, Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, and numerous individual donors.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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