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west port murders.jpg
This is the title page of the bookWest Port Murderswhich is said to be an true account of the Burke and Hare Murders, spefcifically the trial and execution of Burke. The site also has the remainer of the book for public view.

This lady is dressed in Regency clothing typical of the first half of the 1800s. She is skilfully created out of wax. She is half woman, half skeleton. The statue may have been made for one of three reasons: a darkly comic novelty, a ‘memento mori’…

According to the Wellcome Collection, "The Oxford English dictionary defines 'pitch-plaster' as 'A dressing containing pitch, used as a depilatory. Also: a dressing containing Burgundy pitch, used in the treatment of chest and rheumatic disorders'…

An artistic rendition of the lifestyle of a 'leisurely man' that would spend his money on the pleasures of life.

at the inn door.jpg
A woman is giving a man alcohol outside of an inn. They are both wearing tradition 18th century clothing.

The driving force for the rise in prositution in the late 17th and early 18th century was poverty. Most of the prostitutes in the early 18th century England were second generation irish immigrants, whose families had not been successful in finding a…

Burke the Murderer!! Drawn from life in the Lock-up-House on the day before his execution by his own consent.png
William Burke is depicted in his prison cell shacked to the floor by heavy iron chains . He is wearing a frock coat, cravat and trousers. He is standing with his hands clasped. The printed title is Burke, the Murderer!!, below this in italics 'Drawn…

"Deadly Lively" was drawn and etched by the British satirical artist, Thomas Rowlandson and bears a strong resemblance to his series of small aquatints, "The English Dance of Death", which he was also at work on at this time. Here, however, 'death'…
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