Moll Cutpurse (or The Roaring Girl)

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Moll Cutpurse (or The Roaring Girl) Dated 1902
  • Scottish Art
With earthy tones and no use of clear lines, this is an imaginary drawing of the notorious seventeenth-century thief, Mary Firth, whose nickname was ‘Moll Cutpurse’. She was also known as ‘The Roaring Girl’ a derivative of the roaring boys, who picked fights on the street and committed petty crimes. Firth often dressed as a man, while her brawling, boasting and daring made her the toast of London’s underworld.


  • Acc. No. GMA 3596
  • Medium Oil and gouache on paper laid on card
  • Size 41.00 x 29.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1991