I'm grateful to Rob Stanhope, a fellow BU alum forum member, for pointing out this intriguing, historically significant, (sometimes horrifying!) collection.
|'The Idle 'Prentice Executed at Tyburn' -William Hogarth 1747|
"Broadside. A sheet of paper printed on one side only or containing one large page without columns. The term is applied to such works as copies of a "last dying speech" of some celebrated criminal, and other similar street literature."
Forgery, murder, treason, heinous crimes punishable by public execution - all were reported in broadsides and sold for around a penny or less, to rubbernecking (so to speak) citizens gathered to witness the demise of these criminals of 18th-19th century Great Britain.
The collection features more than 500 Broadsides, searchable by keyword, category - or you can "browse the collection." Once you make your choice, you will see a link taking you to a copy of the original newspaper image of the account.
The "category" choice allows you to search by crime - and there are many! From "Adultery" to "Uxoricide" and "Wife Abuse." You are able to search by name of "Condemned" and "Victim," as well.
A quick review of the "browse the collection" option, took me to the following example.
I particularly love the devious masquerade - two men posing as "shipwrecked sailors!"
|Murder most foul..click image to view separately.|
Resources and Bibliography for this collection and above images: