A French Midwife who murdered her Husband,

[Aubrey [or Hobry] (Mary)]

A French Midwife who murdered her Husband,

in Long Acre. Anno 1687-8.

Description: single sheet engraving, 218 x 185 mm to image edge, legend and to lower edge 24 mm, narrow margins, coloured by a contemporary hand, laid down on card

Publication Details: Published by J. Cauldfield, Jan. 1, 1798

Notes: The sensationalised central image is of Mary wielding a meat cleaver, her husband already decapitated, his head - dripping blood - held by the hair by the son, the lower part of the right leg beneath the table, blood dripping from the severed limb. Mary is about to make another cut, aiming to sever the upper part of the right leg (by the crotch). She is egged on by a devil and a hag; vignette at the top left of the burning at the stake. This case caused quite a stir at the time, given the feverish politics. 'That three illustrations of Mary Hobry's crime and punishment are included in a deck o...more

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Price: £900

Subject: History

Published Date: 1798

Stock Number: 63885

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