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  • Title
    Broadside and lithographs of James Greenacre and Sarah Gale, ca. 1837, and an engraving of John Tucker the Mock Parson, 1811
  • Call number
    PXE 910
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  • Date

    1811, 1837
  • Type of material
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  • Physical Description
    Prints - 1 broadside, 2 lithographs, 1 etching - 38 x 25.5 cm.-12 x 21.5 cm.

    James Greenacre was found guilty of the murder of his fiance Hannah Brown and sentenced to hang in 1837. Sarah Gale was convicted of consorting, aiding and assisting Greenacre and sentenced to transportation to New South Wales for the rest of her natural life. The trial at the Old Bailey drew huge crowds and the public interest ensured a ready market for broadsides and penny portraits of the notorious pair, which would have been printed in great haste and sold on the streets at the time of the trial -- file notes.
    A clerical impostor, John Tucker was convicted of obtaining goods and money under false pretences in 1811. He was transported to New South Wales for seven years. The keen public interest in this case ensured a ready market for souvenir portraits of the swindler. This double portrait drawn whilst Tucker waited trail, would have been published for sale outside the court -- file notes.
  • Scope and Content
    1. The folio broadside, London, 1837, is entitled 'Awful Confession of Greenacre to the Murder of Hannah Brown' and relays information (including portraits) regarding the sensational Greenacre/Gale case.
    2-3. Lithographs of James Greenacre and Sarah Gale, London, 1837, were produced for a popular market. The signed portrait of the two defendants by A. W. Wellington, was 'sketched from life at the bar of the Old Bailey 12 April 1837', and autographs of the pair 'warranted written only 10 minutes before [the] sentence was passed!' The other lithograph is an unrecorded portrait of Sarah Gale in hat and coat.
    4. The etching, London, 1811, of 'Tucker, the Mock Parson' was 'drawn from life' by H. Cook.
  • General note

    Sarah Gale and John Tucker were both transported to New South Wales for their crimes. These prints represent good examples of this type of popular publishing. Similar broadsides are published in 'True Patriots All or, News from early Australia as told in a collection of broadsides' / by Geoffrey Ingleton (Sydney : Halstead Press, 1952) and 'Portraits of the famous and infamous : Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific, 1492-1970' / by Rex Nan Kivell & Sydney Spence (1974).
    Digital order no:Album ID : 824114
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