And gave her Mother 40 whacks
When she saw what she had done
She gave her Father 41
Poor Lizzy - infamous New England crazy woman.
Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1927) was a New England spinster who was the central figure in the hatchet murders of her father and stepmother on August 4, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, in the United States. The slayings, subsequent trial, and the following trial by media became a cause célèbre, and the fame of the incident has endured in American pop culture and criminology. Although Lizzie Borden was acquitted, no one else was ever arrested or tried, and she has remained notorious in American folklore. Dispute over the identity of the killer or killers continues to this
This illustration is not taken from an actual picture of Lizzy, but was an experiment with a cabinet card photograph. But when it was done it reminded me of Lizzy somehow. I've always pictured Lizzy as a meek, mild obedient daughter who one day just had enough and went over the top. New England winters, stern parents and being known as the local spinster would probably do that to anyone.
I just realized that I've used Lizzy before for Illustration Friday and I apologise...and will hasten upstairs to do something else for Tales and Legends. Meanwhile, enjoy Lizzie - I've always liked her.