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Peter Jackson
The Death of Wat Tyler (Original) (Signed)

The Death of Wat Tyler (Original) (Signed) by Peter Jackson at The Illustration Art Gallery

Ref: JacksonWatTylerLL (Click for LARGE picture)

Artist: Peter Jackson (biography)
Medium: Watercolour on Board
Size: 16" x 19" (410mm x 490mm)
Date: 1964
Signature: Signed by Artist lower right

This is the Signed original Watercolour painting by Peter Jackson.

Sir John Newton (a servant of the king) insulted Tyler by calling him 'the greatest thief and robber in all Kent'. Tyler attacked Newton, but was restrained and arrested by the Lord Mayor of London, William Walworth. Tyler then attempted to stab the mayor, who was saved by his armour.

Walworth slashed his attacker across the neck and head with his sword, and another of the king's servants, possibly John Cavendish, stabbed Tyler again, severely wounding him. Tyler managed to ride thirty yards before he fell from his horse.

In the disorder that followed, he was taken to a hospital for the poor, but was tracked down by the mayor, brought back to Smithfield, and publicly decapitated. Tyler's head was placed atop a pole and carried through the city, then displayed on London Bridge. In the wake of their leader's death, his followers were driven from London and the movement was shattered.

Subsequently, Richard II revoked all the concessions he had made to the rebels, and many were hunted down and executed. This effectively ended the Revolt.

Evocative art by Peter Jackson published in Treasure 62, 21st March 1964.


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Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson