'John Donellan Esq.', c1780. Creator: Unknown
'John Donellan Esq.', c1780. Portrait of Captain John Donellan who was executed for murder. In 1780, Sir Theodosius Boughton was suffering from syphilis and was being treated with mercury, one of the few treatments available at the time. He died in convulsions, and his brother-in-law, Captain John Donellan, was tried at the assizes at Warwick, and convicted of poisoning him. Their were irregularities during the trial, however, and it is still not clear whether or not Donellan was guilty. Being married to Boughton's sister, he stood to inherit on Boughton's death. [J. Hinton, Paternoster Row, London]
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'Slow Asphyxiation', 1916. Artist: Louis Raemaekers
'Slow Asphyxiation', 1916. Plate 69 from The Great War: A Neutral's Indictment by Louis Raemaekers. The Dutch graphic artist Louis Raemaekers (1869-1956) produced fiercely anti-German cartoons during the First World War. The Germans offered a substantial reward for him, dead or alive, and the Dutch government, under pressure from Germany, placed Raemaekers on trial on a charge of endangering Dutch neutrality. He was acquitted, but fled to England because of the bounty on his head.
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'Her Majesty Queen Caroline as she appeared a few hours after her decease', c1821. Artist: Unknown
'Her Majesty Queen Caroline as she appeared a few hours after her decease', c1821. Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (1768-1821) married the future King George IV of Great Britain in 1795.The marriage was a disaster, and Caroline lived estranged from her husband from 1796 onwards. When George ascended to the throne in 1820, Caroline returned to Britain, but George had already instigated divorce proceedings and she was barred from attending his coronation. On the night of the coronation, Caroline fell ill and died three weeks later on 7 August 1821. The exact cause of her death has never been ascertained, but it is believed that she herself was certain that she had been poisoned.
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