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        Death of Black Bess, illustration from 'Rookwood' by William Harrison Ainsworth, published 1836

        Cruikshank, George (1792-1878). English. Medium: engraving. Date: 1836. The novel 'Rookwood' by Ainsworth (1805-82) was first published in 1832. The fourth edition published in 1836 was illustrated by Cruikshank. This scene shows the figure of Dick Turpin, based on the real life highwayman, at the moment of the death of his famous horse Black Bess. Provenance: Private Collection.

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