Rural poverty and starvation, 1760s

Rural poverty and starvation, 1760s

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Caption: Rural poverty and starvation. 18th-century artwork showing the fate of the Eaves family of Datchworth, Hertfordshire, England. James Eaves, his wife, one of his sons, and their baby daughter, were found dead in 1769 from starvation. Their 11-year-old son survived but went mad and never regained his sanity. This artwork is from a pamphlet produced by author and former solider Philip Thicknesse (1719-1792) who had prevented the bodies being buried without an inquest. The story was rediscovered in 2009, and a memorial plaque was erected in Datchworth in 2011.

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