Robert Dighton - D10881
Rebecca Howse (née Wildgoose) ('Mother Goose of Oxford')
by and published by Robert Dighton
published July 1807
Portraits in Profile: the Dighton Family
'Mother Goose of Oxford', Rebecca Howse (1737-1818), published 1807
Rebecca Wildgoose, an ex-procuress, became blind and married a William Howse who then led her around Oxford selling flowers. She was a well known character, affectionately called 'Flora' by the students.
Earlier in the same year she was depicted in a very similar etching after a drawing by James Gillray, published by H. Humphrey.