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Print made by Robert Spence, 1871–1964, British

George Fox at Launceston Gaol

Part Of:

Collective Title: George Fox His Journal

between 1890 and 1911
Etching and drypoint on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige laid paper
Sheet: 12 3/16 x 10 1/16 inches (31 x 25.6 cm), Plate: 8 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches (22.6 x 15 cm), and Image: 7 11/16 x 5 13/16 inches (19.6 x 14.8 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, lower left: "First State"; on back, lower right: "Cumb Journal I. 286-7"

Lettered in black ink, lower center: "At the time the Gaoler had said, the Dispute should be I heard one call for me. I stept | to the Stairs-head; and there I saw the Gaoler's Wife on the Stairs, and the Conjurer at the | bottom of the Stairs, holding his Hand behind his Back. I asked him; "Man, what hast thou in | thy Hand behind thy Back? Pluck thy Hand before thee," Said I; "Let's see thy Hand, and | what thou hast in it?" Then in a Rage he pluckt forth his Hand with a naked Knife in it. | and threatned to 'cut my Chaps' (as his Expression was;) Then I was moved of the Lord | to speak sharply to him, which bound him down; so that he never after durst speak to me."; lower right: "G. Fox his Journal. Launceston Gaol. 1656"

Signed in graphite, lower right: "Robert Spence"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of the George School, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
coats | correctional institution | dagger | doorway | gesture | hats | historical subject | illustration | interior | knife | men | prison | Religious Society of Friends | stairs | surprise | woman
Associated Places:
Cornwall | England | Launceston | Launceston Castle | United Kingdom
Associated People:
Fox, George (1624–1691), a founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
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