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Blog post from Thursday, 1 May, 2014

‘A Deep One’ [portrait of George Barrington], ca. 1800

“George Barrington, an Irish pickpocket, was born near Dublin around 1755. At 16 he joined a company of strolling players led by John Price who taught him how to pick pockets. Barrington and Price became partners in crime in Dublin and London until in around 1773 Price was transported to the American colonies. Barrington soon became a legendary figure. He was arrested many times including in 1776 when he was sent to the hulks for three years, regaining his freedom within twelve months. In 1790 he was tried at the Old Bailey for stealing a gold watch and chain and sentenced to 7 years transportation.” You can find out more here

George was digitised as part of the State Library of NSW Visionaries project.