'The Trial of Bill Burn'
Painting of the Trial of Bill Burns, the first prosecution under
the 1822 Martin's Act for cruelty to animals, after he was
found beating his donkey. It is the first known prosecution
for animal cruelty in the world. The prosecution was brought
by Richard Martin, MP for Galway, also known as Humanity
Dick, and the case became memorable because he brought
the donkey into court. The painting was made at
the time of the trial.
Hand coloured engraving of 'The Trial of Bill Burn'
P. Mathews, Stourbridge (after), Charles Hunt (engraver)