Execution broadside printed with an account of Henry Fauntleroy's crimes; 1824
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Execution broadside printed with an account of Henry Fauntleroy's crimes, trial and his last days in prison before his public execution in November 1824. Henry Fauntleroy was found guilty of forgery and embezzlement. A partner in a Marylebone banking firm he forged his clientsâ signatures to embezzle funds which he used to finance extra marital affairs. The scandal of his crime attracted considerable public attention in the popular press, much of it favourable to his case and, as noted on the broadside, 13,000 signed a petition to demand his reprieve from execution. Despite the petition and two appeals Fauntleroy was hanged outside Newgate a month after his conviction before a crowd of up to 100,000 Londoners. The broadside includes two woodcut illustrations - one a generic depiction of the Newgate gallows, the other showing Fauntleroy in the condemned cell, his wife and child weeping at his knee.
1824 AD - 1824 AD