John Sheppard; 1724
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actual image size: 22cm x 31cm

John Sheppard; 1724

George White

© Museum of London

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George White's mezzotint is based on James Thornhill's drawing of John 'Jack' Sheppard. Sheppard is shown manacled in the condemned cell at Newgate Prison.
Sheppard entered London folklore owing to his prison-breaking exploits, he broke out of gaol four times, twice from Newgate. Due to his notoriety, his gaolers began to charge the public admission to see him. Thornhill paid one shilling and sixpence to visit the condemned cell, where he made this sketch.
Sheppard was hanged at Tyburn on 16 November 1724. By the time of his death, his escapades had earned him celebrity status among Londoners and he inspired popular plays, prints and ballads.




1724 AD - 1724 AD

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