Death Extraordinary

  • About the artist
    Draughtsman and printmaker William Heath was born in Northumbria. Little is known of his early life but he may have been raised in Spain and have served in the British army. Heath was 14 when his first satirical cartoons were published and he continued to etch caricatures and illustrate books, including his own ‘Life of a Soldier’ (1823). In 1825-26 he was in Edinburgh, writing and illustrating for the journal ‘Glasgow Looking Glass’. He later returned to London to illustrate a similar journal, ‘Looking Glass’. From 1827-29 he identified his work with a tiny drawing of stage character ‘Paul Pry’, abandoning the motif when it was copied by other artists. From 1830 he concentrated on topographical illustration. He died in Hampstead, aged 45.
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    People
    Vansittart, Nicholas, 1st Baron BexleyStewart, Robert, Viscount Castlereagh and 2nd Marquess of LondonderryPitt, William
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    etching, coloured etching
  • Details
    Title
    Death Extraordinary
    Date
    1816
    Medium
    Coloured etching
    Dimensions
    height: 26.80 cm, width: 35.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, December 2012
    Inscription
    in pencil, above "Monday night": March 18.th ; pointing to "languished": "Pitt"
    Provenance
    Inland Revenue, Somerset House; transferred to GAC 2012
    GAC number
    15564