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  • Title
    'A Deep One' [portrait of George Barrington], ca. 1800
  • Call number
  • Level of description
  • Date

    Dublin : Walker, ca. 1800
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 print - 20.1 x 14.4 cm - engraving

    George Barrington, an Irish pickpocket, was born near Dublin around 1755. At 16 he joined a company of strolling players led by John Price who taught him how to pick pockets. Barrington and Price became partners in crime in Dublin and London until in around 1773 Price was transported to the American colonies. Barrington soon became a legendary figure. He was arrested many times including in 1776 when he was sent to the hulks for three years, regaining his freedom within twelve months. In 1790 he was tried at the Old Bailey for stealing a gold watch and chain and sentenced to 7 years transportation.

    In 1791 Barrington arrived in Sydney on the “Active” and was sent to work at Toongabbie. In 1792 he received a conditional pardon, and in 1796 he was granted an absolute pardon by John Hunter who also appointed him chief constable at Parramatta. In 1800 “infirmity” led to his resignation as chief constable. Barrington died in December 1804.

    Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. (accessed July 15, 2010)
  • Scope and Content
    A portrait engraving of George Barrington in disguise in profile within an oval border
  • Source
    Purchased from Hordern House, Australian Portraits, May 2010, no. 2
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Published before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Title taken from engraving
  • General note

    Digital order no:a9527001
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Printed underneath portrait 'Dublin Publish'd by Walker 79 Dame Street'
    Inscribed in pencil underneath portrait at right 'Barrington the pickpocket in disguise'
    Stamped on reverse 'Webster Collection' with number in centre written in pen '1914' with a '5' underneath
  • Date note

    Date taken from Hordern House, Australian Portraits, May 2010, no. 2
  • Conservation note

    Creased and soiled to left of portrait
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