JAMES BELL / JOHN ANY BIRD BELL. CHILD EXECUTION.

JAMES BELL / JOHN ANY BIRD BELL.

Rochester: Published by S. Caddel, Gazette Office, 1831

lithograph, 5.5 x 7.5 inches

§ John Any Bird Bell was the youngest person officially to be hanged in the 19th century, at the age of 14. The principal witness against him, was his co-murderer (of Richard Taylor, aged 13, for 9 shillings) and brother, James Bell (aged 11), who was reprieved. The execution took place in front of Maidstone Prison, utilizing the new “drop” scaffold operated by William Calcraft, in front of a crowd of 5,000, on 1st August, 1831. Item #123688

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