The Trial of Henry Lord Viscount in Westminster Hall
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
The trial in 1805 of Scottish statesman Henry Dundas, Lord Melville and first Lord of the Admiralty, was a great event of its time. As this print shows, it attracted a huge audience, including many leading politicians and (unusually for a political event) a large female contingent. Dundas was accused of appropriating funds for non-naval purposes during his tenure as Lord of the Admiralty. He was eventually acquitted. The print also shows the magnificent late-medieval oak-beamed roof at Westminster Hall: the largest unsupported roof in England.