Death of Black Bess

Sir John Gilbert, R. A.

1878

Wood-engraving

15 x 10 cm, vignetted

Final illustration for W. H. Ainsworth's Rookwood: A Romance, facing p. 296 (1882 edition).

In one volume, with illustrations by Sir John Gilbert. London: George Routledge and Sons, Broadway, Ludgate Hill; New York: 416 Broome Street, 1878.

“He answered, and then fell.
With gasps and glazing eyes he lay,
And reeking limbs immovable, —
His first, and last career was done.”— Mazeppa.

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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