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CLAUDE DUVAL AT WORK: A FAMOUS HIGHWAYMAN AND POLISHED ROGUE WHO HAD A WAY WITH WOMEN

CLAUDE DUVAL AT WORK: A FAMOUS HIGHWAYMAN AND POLISHED ROGUE WHO HAD A WAY WITH WOMEN

It is on record that when Claude Duval was condemned to death many great ladies of the land endeavoured to procure his pardon. The French lacquey who for some unknown reason took to highway robbery in this country, and pursued his calling with a daring only equalled by his grace of manner, contrived to please many a fair victim as well as rob her. It is this phase of his character that is strikingly suggested in the famous picture of one of his exploits by W. P. Frith, engraved by I.. Stocks, as shown above. Duval's professional career, while brilliant and brief, had a somewhat pitiable end. After returning from France, he allowed himself to be captured when drunk at a public-house in Chandos Street, Charing Cross. He was only twenty-seven when he was executed.

Other pictures from Scenes from the Chronicles of Grime


THE NEW OLD BAILEY, CROWNED BY THE STATUE OF JUSTICE

THE IDLE APPRENTICE MAKES HIS DYING SPEECH TO THE CROWD AT TYBURN: AS HOGARTH CONCEIVED THE SCENE

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