C1820

James MackCoull - Pilferer

Early engraving James MackCoull of Moffat, who diedin the county jail of Edinburgh on the 22d December 1820 soon after his trial before the Jury Court, and High Court of Justiciary, at Edinburgh, for robbing the branch of the Paisley Union … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

James MackCoull – Pilferer

Date:

C1820

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

85mm 
x 130mm
AUTHENTICITY
James MackCoull - Pilferer - Antique Print from 1820

Genuine antique
dated:

1820

Description:

Early engraving James MackCoull of Moffat, who diedin the county jail of Edinburgh on the 22d December 1820 soon after his trial before the Jury Court, and High Court of Justiciary, at Edinburgh, for robbing the branch of the Paisley Union Bank at Glasgow of £20,000.

Kay etched and sold his caricature portraits individually from 1784 until the 1820’s. These individually issued engravings were collected over many years by Hugh Paton and issued as, A series of original portraits and caricature etchings by the late John Kay.

John Kay (1742 - 1826)

Kay was a Scottish caricaturist and engraver. He was born near Dalkeith, where his father was a mason. At thirteen he was apprenticed to a barber, whom he served for six years. He then went to Edinburgh, where in 1771 he obtained the freedom of the city by joining the corporation of barber-surgeons. In 1784 he published his first caricature, of Laird Robertson. In 1785, induced by the favour which greeted certain attempts of his to etch in aquafortis, he took down his barber's pole and opened a small print shop in Parliament Close. There he continued to flourish, painting miniatures, and publishing at short intervals his sketches and caricatures of local celebrities and oddities, who abounded at that period in Edinburgh society. Kay's famous shop on the Royal Mile was destroyed during the Great Edinburgh Fire of November 1824.

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