Henry Fielding (22 April 1707 – 8 October 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones. Aside from his literary achievements, he has a significant place in the history of law-enforcement, having founded (with his half-brother John) what some have called London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners.
"Henry Fielding's new book was all the rage" (Ross Poldark 3, iii). Was Winston Graham mistaken in including this detail? The novel setting is currently in the year 1787; Fielding died in 1754. Pictured: engraving of Henry Fielding dated 1825, artist unknown. [image: magnoliabox.com]