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Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Order of Release, 1746, 1852-1853. Artist: John Everett Millais

The Order of Release, 1746, 1852-1853. Artist: John Everett Millais
The Order of Release, 1746, 1852-1853. A barefoot Scottish woman with child in arms brings the official document releasing her wounded husband from prison after the failure of the Second Jacobite

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Lochleven Castle, Scotland, the prison of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1840. Artist: C J Smith

Lochleven Castle, Scotland, the prison of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1840. Artist: C J Smith
Lochleven Castle, Scotland, the prison of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1840. Mary was imprisoned here between 1567 and 1568. Illustration from Historical

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Untitled (27), c. 1890. [Bridge of Sighs, Venice]. Creator: Unknown

Untitled (27), c. 1890. [Bridge of Sighs, Venice]. Creator: Unknown
Untitled (27), c. 1890. [Bridge of Sighs, Venice]. Photogravure, no. 39 from the portfolio " Calli, Canali e Isole della Laguna"

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Playing rackets, Fleet Prison, London, c1825. Artist: Theodore Lane

Playing rackets, Fleet Prison, London, c1825. Artist: Theodore Lane
Playing rackets, Fleet Prison, London, c1825

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Brixton purgatory, 1822

Brixton purgatory, 1822. Prisoners Theodore Hook, William Cobbett, Henry Hunt and Thomas Wooler on the treadmill at Brixton Prison

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Delegates to the Prison Congress, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service

Delegates to the Prison Congress, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
Delegates to the Prison Congress, 1910

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Gunmen arriving at Sing Sing, Whitey Lewis, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Gunmen arriving at Sing Sing, Whitey Lewis, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Gunmen arriving at Sing Sing, Whitey Lewis, 1912. Gunmen convicted of killing Herman Rosenthal; en route to Sing Sing prison, Ossining, New York

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Le Preson V (The Prison). From: Vedute altre prese da i luoghi altre ideate da

Le Preson V (The Prison). From: Vedute altre prese da i luoghi altre ideate da Antonio...1735-1746. Creator: Canaletto
Le Preson V (The Prison). From: Vedute altre prese da i luoghi altre ideate da Antonio Canal, 1735-1746

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Gunmen going to Sing Sing, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Gunmen going to Sing Sing, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Gunmen going to Sing Sing, 1912. Gunmen convicted of killing Herman Rosenthal; en route to Sing Sing prison, Ossining, New York

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Taking Becker to Sing Sing, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Taking Becker to Sing Sing, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Taking Becker to Sing Sing, 1912. Shows "Charles Becker, the ex-Police Lieutenant and convicted murderer of Herman Rosenthal

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Power Of Justice, c1788. Creator: George Morland

The Power Of Justice, c1788. Creator: George Morland
The Power Of Justice, c1788. Shows a poor weaver being taken to debtor's prison by an officer of the law. The weaver is leaving behind his distressed wife and two children

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Annual Inspection of the Middlesex Industrial School at Feltham, 1865. Creator: Unknown

Annual Inspection of the Middlesex Industrial School at Feltham, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Annual Inspection of the Middlesex Industrial School at Feltham, 1865. The annual inspection of the school established at Feltham, near Hounslow, ..."to make provision for the care, reformation

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The War in America: camp of Federal prisoners on Belle Isle, Richmond... 1864. Creator: Unknown

The War in America: camp of Federal prisoners on Belle Isle, Richmond... 1864. Creator: Unknown
The War in America: camp of Federal prisoners on Belle Isle, Richmond - from a sketch by our special artist, 1864....in Richmond especially the prisons are full to overflowing...the authorities

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: 'John Bunyan Reciting The Pilgrim's Progress'...in Bedford Gaol, ...by G. F. Folingsby... 1864

"John Bunyan Reciting The Pilgrim's Progress'...in Bedford Gaol, ...by G. F. Folingsby... 1864
"John Bunyan Reciting The Pilgrim's Progress to his friends in Bedford Gaol", by G. F. Folingsby, of Munich, in the exhibition of Fine Arts at Melbourne, Australia, 1864

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The War in America: Fort Lafayette, the Federal Bastille for political prisoners, 1862

The War in America: Fort Lafayette, the Federal Bastille for political prisoners, 1862. Creator: Smyth
The War in America: Fort Lafayette, the Federal Bastille for political prisoners, 1862. The traveller to America who enters the beautiful harbour of New York...will observe

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Prison camp, Zossen, exercise, between 1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Prison camp, Zossen, exercise, between 1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Prison camp, Zossen, exercise, between 1914 and c1915. Prisoners exercising at Zossen prisoner of war camp, Wu¨nsdorf, Zossen, Germany, during World War I

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Paris Demolitions - covered promenade, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Paris Demolitions - covered promenade, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Paris Demolitions - the Hotel des Haricots, or prison of the National Guard of Paris: covered promenade, 1864. View of...the Hotel des Haricots

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Paris Demolitions - the Hotel des Haricots, or prison of the National Guard of Paris, 1864

Paris Demolitions - the Hotel des Haricots, or prison of the National Guard of Paris, 1864. Engraving from a sketch by M. Felix Thorigny

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: View of the Solovetsky Monastery from land, Solovetski Islands, 1915

View of the Solovetsky Monastery from land, Solovetski Islands, 1915. Creator: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky
View of the Solovetsky Monastery from land, Solovetski Islands, 1915. View of the Solovetskii Monastery, founded in the early fifteenth century on an island in the White Sea in the far north of

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Exhibits of the Tomsk prison, 1911. Creator: A. A. Antonov

Exhibits of the Tomsk prison, 1911. Creator: A. A. Antonov
Exhibits of the Tomsk prison, 1911. From a collection of photographs documenting the First West Siberian Agricultural, Forestry, and Industrial Trade Exhibition, which took place in Omsk in 1911

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Orator in Prison, late 18th century. Creator: Hubert Robert

Orator in Prison, late 18th century. Creator: Hubert Robert
Orator in Prison, late 18th century

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Prisoners on a Projecting Platform, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Prisoners on a Projecting Platform, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Prisoners on a Projecting Platform, 1761. Series: Le Carceri d'invenzione, pl. X

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Staircase with Trophies, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Staircase with Trophies, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
The Staircase with Trophies, 1761. Series: Le Carceri d'invenzione, pl. VIII

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: American Sketches: Prison Life in Blackwell's Island, New York - outdoor work, 1876

American Sketches: Prison Life in Blackwell's Island, New York - outdoor work, 1876. Creator: Unknown
American Sketches: Prison Life in Blackwell's Island, New York - outdoor work, 1876. The outdoor employments assigned to most of the male convicts, who number above five hundred

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: AI IMAGE - Portrait of Martha Corey in her prison cell, Salem, 1692, (2023)

AI IMAGE - Portrait of Martha Corey in her prison cell, Salem, 1692, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Portrait of Martha Corey in her prison cell, Salem, 1692, (2023). Martha Corey, was accused and convicted of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials, on September 9, 1692

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Sawhorse, between 1749 and 1750. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Sawhorse, between 1749 and 1750. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
The Sawhorse, between 1749 and 1750. Series: Invenzioni Capric di Carceri; Edition: first

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: AI IMAGE - Portrait of Martha Corey in her prison cell, Salem, 1692, (2023)

AI IMAGE - Portrait of Martha Corey in her prison cell, Salem, 1692, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Portrait of Martha Corey in her prison cell, Salem, 1692, (2023). Martha Corey, was accused and convicted of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials, on September 9, 1692

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: American Prison Life, Blackwell's Island, New York: Dinner-Time, 1876. Creator: Unknown

American Prison Life, Blackwell's Island, New York: Dinner-Time, 1876. Creator: Unknown
American Prison Life, Blackwell's Island, New York: Dinner-Time, 1876. Convicts complying with a...regulation to be observed after the dismissal of the guests from that monotonous repast

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Woman Lifting Infant to Cell Window, mid 19th century. Creator: Alfred Jacob Miller

Woman Lifting Infant to Cell Window, mid 19th century. Creator: Alfred Jacob Miller
Woman Lifting Infant to Cell Window, mid 19th century

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Part of an Altarpiece with Three Scenes from the Life of Saint Catherine, c1480. Creator: Unknown

Part of an Altarpiece with Three Scenes from the Life of Saint Catherine, c1480. Creator: Unknown
Part of an Altarpiece with Three Scenes from the Life of Saint Catherine, c1480. Catherine of Alexandria was one of the most popular saints in medieval western Europe

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Iwami Jutaro, between c1867 and c1868. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Iwami Jutaro, between c1867 and c1868. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Iwami Jutaro, between c1867 and c1868

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: American Sketches: Blackwell's Island Penitentiary, New York - Dining-Room, 1876. Creator: Unknown

American Sketches: Blackwell's Island Penitentiary, New York - Dining-Room, 1876. Creator: Unknown
American Sketches: Blackwell's Island Penitentiary, New York - Dining-Room, 1876. Blackwell's Island is the locality of several different institutions, besides the House of Correction

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: American Sketches: Prison Life on Blackwell's Island - No. 1. returning from work, 1876

American Sketches: Prison Life on Blackwell's Island - No. 1. returning from work, 1876. In the penitentiary...where the sketch was taken by our correspondent, the late M

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Altarpiece with the Passion of Christ: Christ Mocked, c1480-1495. Creator: Unknown

Altarpiece with the Passion of Christ: Christ Mocked, c1480-1495. Creator: Unknown
Altarpiece with the Passion of Christ: Christ Mocked, c1480-1495. The Passion of Christ was a popular theme for 15th-century altarpieces in northern Europe

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Altarpiece with the Passion of Christ: Flagellation, c1480-1495. Creator: Unknown

Altarpiece with the Passion of Christ: Flagellation, c1480-1495. Creator: Unknown
Altarpiece with the Passion of Christ: Flagellation, c1480-1495. The Passion of Christ was a popular theme for 15th-century altarpieces in northern Europe

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Giant Wheel, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Giant Wheel, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
The Giant Wheel, 1761. From Le Carceri d'Invenzione (II)

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Sawhorse, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Sawhorse, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
The Sawhorse, 1761

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Gothic Arch, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Gothic Arch, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
The Gothic Arch, 1761. Series: Le Carceri d'invenzione, pl. XIV

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Jailer, 1837-1895. Creator: David van der Kellen

Jailer, 1837-1895. Creator: David van der Kellen
Jailer, 1837-1895

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Refuge for Female Convicts at Fulham, 1858. Creator: Unknown

The Refuge for Female Convicts at Fulham, 1858. Creator: Unknown
The Refuge for Female Convicts at Fulham, [London], 1858. The inmates, ... though apparently left very much at liberty...are still under that degree of superintendence which

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Lion Bas-Reliefs, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Lion Bas-Reliefs, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
The Lion Bas-Reliefs, 1761. Series: Le Carceri d'invenzione, pl. V

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Grand Piazza, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Grand Piazza, 1761. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
The Grand Piazza, 1761. Series: Le Carceri d'invenzione, pl. IV

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: View of the prison windmill in Amsterdam, 1800-1900. Creator: Anon

View of the prison windmill in Amsterdam, 1800-1900. Creator: Anon
View of the prison windmill in Amsterdam, 1800-1900

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The Prison and Guard at Tetuan; A Ride to Gebel-Mousa, in North-Western Barbary, 1875

The Prison and Guard at Tetuan; A Ride to Gebel-Mousa, in North-Western Barbary, 1875. Creator: Trorey Blackmore
The Prison and Guard at Tetuan; A Ride to Gebel-Mousa, in North-Western Barbary, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Menus Propos, 1856. Creator: Félicien Rops

Menus Propos, 1856. Creator: Félicien Rops
Menus Propos, 1856. From periodical: Uylenspiegel, no. 15, 11 May 1856

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: The release of politicial prisoners from the Castellamare, Palermo, on June 19... 1860

The release of politicial prisoners from the Castellamare, Palermo, on June 19... 1860. Creator: Unknown
The release of politicial prisoners from the Castellamare, Palermo, on June 19 - from a sketch by our special artist, Frank Vizetelly, 1860

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: Sketches from Naples - the Island of Nisida, 1857. Creator: Unknown

Sketches from Naples - the Island of Nisida, 1857. Creator: Unknown
Sketches from Naples - the Island of Nisida, [Italy] 1857. On this site, in more modem times, has been erected an "Ergastolo" - a building which, by law, must be upon an island

Background imagePenitentiary Collection: American Prison Life, Blackwell's Island, New York: Dinner-Time, 1876. Creator: Unknown

American Prison Life, Blackwell's Island, New York: Dinner-Time, 1876. Creator: Unknown
American Prison Life, Blackwell's Island, New York: Dinner-Time, 1876....the inmates, who are here treated with compulsory hospitality



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