January 31st, 1606: Guy Fawkes and three of his co-conspirators, having been found guilty of treason, were dragged from the Tower of London to the Old Palace Yard at Westminster. They had been sentenced to be drawn, hanged and quartered.
Fawkes’ associates went to the scaffold first. When it was Fawkes’ turn, he managed to climb high enough that, upon jumping from the scaffold, his neck broke and thus he was spared the more gruesome aspects of his sentence.
His body was nevertheless quartered and the pieces distributed across the kingdom to serve as a warning.
“The Landing of Julius Caesar” and “The Landing of Brutus”, watercolours finished in ink, by William Blake, 1793.
These paintings were meant to be turned into engravings and included in Blake’s “The History of England”. No copies of the book are known to exist. The watercolour studies are currently held by Princeton.