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Burglar Collection

"Burglar: Unveiling the Intriguing World of Thieves and Heists" Step into the captivating realm of burglars, where cunning minds and audacious acts intertwine

Background imageBurglar Collection: Ernest William Hornung

Ernest William Hornung
ERNEST WILLIAM HORNUNG English writer, creator of Raffles, the gentleman burglar

Background imageBurglar Collection: Gerald Du Maurier / T&c

Gerald Du Maurier / T&c
GERALD DU MAURIER English actor-manager, in the role of Arsene Lupin

Background imageBurglar Collection: Raffles by E W Hornung & Augene Presbrey

Raffles by E W Hornung & Augene Presbrey
Promotional postcard for Raffles the Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung and Eugene Presbrey. First produced at the Comedy Theatre, 12th May 1906

Background imageBurglar Collection: Man robbing safe

Man robbing safe

Background imageBurglar Collection: Second Scene Of Burglars: The Burglars Arrested, 1810. Creator: Louis Leopold Boilly

Second Scene Of Burglars: The Burglars Arrested, 1810. Creator: Louis Leopold Boilly
Second Scene Of Burglars: The Burglars Arrested, 1810. The work is one of a pair: the first scene depicts the burglary of a bourgeois home in progress

Background imageBurglar Collection: A burglar activating a basic home security locking system, 1850

A burglar activating a basic home security locking system, 1850
3330947 A burglar activating a basic home security locking system, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a burglar activating a basic home security locking system)

Background imageBurglar Collection: A policeman and a burglar

A policeman and a burglar
5616122 A policeman and a burglar; (add.info.: Cartoon depicting a policeman intercepting an armed burglar. Dated 19th Century. 01/01/1883); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurglar Collection: Engraving depicting a burglar being interrupted by the homeowner

Engraving depicting a burglar being interrupted by the homeowner
5308609 Engraving depicting a burglar being interrupted by the homeowner; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a burglar being interrupted by the homeowner)

Background imageBurglar Collection: A burglar escaping down a ladder, 1850

A burglar escaping down a ladder, 1850
3330949 A burglar escaping down a ladder, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving of a burglar escaping down a ladder after breaking into a home. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurglar Collection: A visitor arriving late at night at a friend's house and being mistaken for a burglar by a servant

A visitor arriving late at night at a friend's house and being mistaken for a burglar by a servant
FLO4679242 A visitor arriving late at night at a friend's house and being mistaken for a burglar by a servant. Handcoloured copperplate drawn

Background imageBurglar Collection: 'We have found the Mona Lisa in Florence', front page of Excelsior, 13th December 1913 (litho)

"We have found the Mona Lisa in Florence", front page of Excelsior, 13th December 1913 (litho)
LSE3714166 "We have found the Mona Lisa in Florence", front page of Excelsior, 13th December 1913 (litho); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurglar Collection: A burglar getting stuck in the window

A burglar getting stuck in the window
5616279 A burglar getting stuck in the window; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a burglar getting stuck in the window. Dated 19th Century. 01/01/1888); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurglar Collection: A Police Officer surprising a burglar and holding a portable lamp

A Police Officer surprising a burglar and holding a portable lamp
3732650 A Police Officer surprising a burglar and holding a portable lamp; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a Police Officer surprising a burglar and holding a portable lamp)

Background imageBurglar Collection: A burglar activating a basic home security locking system, 1850

A burglar activating a basic home security locking system, 1850
3330938 A burglar activating a basic home security locking system, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a burglar activating a basic home security locking system)

Background imageBurglar Collection: The Actor Arashi Otohachi I as Numataro Kyusei Disguised as the Burglar Ipponzaemon in... c. 1768

The Actor Arashi Otohachi I as Numataro Kyusei Disguised as the Burglar Ipponzaemon in... c. 1768. Creator: Shunsho
The Actor Arashi Otohachi I as Numataro Kyusei Disguised as the Burglar Ipponzaemon in the Play Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe, Performed at the Ichimura Theater in the Eleventh Month, 1768, Japan, c. 1768

Background imageBurglar Collection: The Thieves on the Roof Awaken the Merchant, Folio from a Kalila wa Dimna

The Thieves on the Roof Awaken the Merchant, Folio from a Kalila wa Dimna
The Thieves on the Roof Awaken the Merchant", Folio from a Kalila wa Dimna, 18th century

Background imageBurglar Collection: Robber Running Away With Money Bag

Robber Running Away With Money Bag
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Background imageBurglar Collection: Pirate With Hook and Sword

Pirate With Hook and Sword
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Background imageBurglar Collection: Last wish of burglar

Last wish of burglar
Krzysiek Kulesza

Background imageBurglar Collection: Gordon Harker

Gordon Harker
Actor Gordon Harker (1885-1967) had a prolific film and stage career. Here he is being celebrated for his portrayal of Cockney characters. Date: circa 1932

Background imageBurglar Collection: Caricature illustration of tall house on wheels, pulled by men disguised as a shed

Caricature illustration of tall house on wheels, pulled by men disguised as a shed, with burglar about to fall into the trap. Captioned, A Moving Cat-astrophe'

Background imageBurglar Collection: Mug shot of Vincenzo Peruggia, Italian painter who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre on August

Mug shot of Vincenzo Peruggia, Italian painter who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre on August 21, 1911, c
3714149 Mug shot of Vincenzo Peruggia, Italian painter who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre on August 21, 1911, c.1913 (b/w photo) by Italian Photographer

Background imageBurglar Collection: Demise of a burglar (colour litho)

Demise of a burglar (colour litho)
3099187 Demise of a burglar (colour litho) by Meaulle, Fortune Louis (1844-1901); Private Collection; (add.info.: Demise of a burglar. Fin tragique d un cambrioleur)

Background imageBurglar Collection: La Fontaines Fables - Husband Wife and the Robber

La Fontaines Fables - Husband Wife and the Robber
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Husband, the Wife and the Robber

Background imageBurglar Collection: Pirate Face

Pirate Face
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Background imageBurglar Collection: A man climbs a ladder while a woman throws water on him from above, 1575-99

A man climbs a ladder while a woman throws water on him from above, 1575-99
A man climbs a ladder while a woman throws water [?] on him from above, 1575-99. [Aspetta aspetta Mariolo ladro; Tu menti per la gola andem da qui patro; Amigo amigo]

Background imageBurglar Collection: Second Scene of Thieves, ca. 1805. Creator: Gror

Second Scene of Thieves, ca. 1805. Creator: Gror
Second Scene of Thieves, ca. 1805

Background imageBurglar Collection: First Scene of Thieves, ca. 1805. Creator: Gror

First Scene of Thieves, ca. 1805. Creator: Gror
First Scene of Thieves, ca. 1805

Background imageBurglar Collection: A Deep One [portrait of George Barrington], c. 1800 (engraving)

A Deep One [portrait of George Barrington], c. 1800 (engraving)
5914655 A Deep One [portrait of George Barrington], c.1800 (engraving) by Irish School, (19th century); 20.1x14.4 cm; Mitchell Library

Background imageBurglar Collection: Mr Tompkins Atonement (engraving)

Mr Tompkins Atonement (engraving)
1624912 Mr Tompkins Atonement (engraving) by Dadd, S.T. (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mr Tompkins Atonement)

Background imageBurglar Collection: Second Scene of Burglars: The Burglars Arrested, 1810 (oil on canvas)

Second Scene of Burglars: The Burglars Arrested, 1810 (oil on canvas)
877321 Second Scene of Burglars: The Burglars Arrested, 1810 (oil on canvas) by Boilly, Louis Leopold (1761-1845); 27.6x35.2 cm; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

Background imageBurglar Collection: Jack Sheppard, the notorious house and gaol breaker (engraving)

Jack Sheppard, the notorious house and gaol breaker (engraving)
602497 Jack Sheppard, the notorious house and gaol breaker (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jack Sheppard)

Background imageBurglar Collection: 'There was an Old Person of Cheadle was put in the stocks by the Beadle', from A Book of Nonsense

"There was an Old Person of Cheadle was put in the stocks by the Beadle", from A Book of Nonsense
LLM386684 " There was an Old Person of Cheadle was put in the stocks by the Beadle", from A Book of Nonsense, published by Frederick Warne and Co

Background imageBurglar Collection: The Noisy Burglar, or the Cat and the Milk-jug (litho)

The Noisy Burglar, or the Cat and the Milk-jug (litho)
779967 The Noisy Burglar, or the Cat and the Milk-jug (litho) by Leech, John (1817-64); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageBurglar Collection: A burglar shot by a guard (colour litho)

A burglar shot by a guard (colour litho)
2782266 A burglar shot by a guard (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A burglar shot by a guard. Cambrioleur Tue Par Un Garde)

Background imageBurglar Collection: Telephone call warning of burglars (colour litho)

Telephone call warning of burglars (colour litho)
3094446 Telephone call warning of burglars (colour litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Telephone call warning of burglars. Postcard, early 20th century)

Background imageBurglar Collection: Comic postcard, The Old Maids Prayer Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, The Old Maids Prayer Date: 20th century

Background imageBurglar Collection: Picture Postcard - Humour

Picture Postcard - Humour
A humorous write-away postcard allowed the sender to write a greeting or short note on the front of the postcard at a time when only the recipients address was permitted on the back of the postcard

Background imageBurglar Collection: Jack and his accomplice Blueskin rob Mr Wood and his wife in their bedroom

Jack and his accomplice Blueskin rob Mr Wood and his wife in their bedroom
STC239039 Jack and his accomplice Blueskin rob Mr Wood and his wife in their bedroom, illustration from Jack Sheppard: A Romance by William Harrison Ainsworth, published 1839 (etching) by Cruikshank

Background imageBurglar Collection: Thieves in Paris. (engraving 1896)

Thieves in Paris. (engraving 1896)
5975744 Thieves in Paris. (engraving 1896) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Company. Justice. Apaches and thieves in Paris)

Background imageBurglar Collection: Helene Kottanerin steals the Crown of Saint Stephen in 1440, 1882 (litho)

Helene Kottanerin steals the Crown of Saint Stephen in 1440, 1882 (litho)
446532 Helene Kottanerin steals the Crown of Saint Stephen in 1440, 1882 (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurglar Collection: A burglar falling from a roof (colour litho)

A burglar falling from a roof (colour litho)
2819034 A burglar falling from a roof (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A burglar falling from a roof. Cambrioleur tombe d un toit)

Background imageBurglar Collection: The Escape No. 2, illustration from Jack Sheppard: A Romance

The Escape No. 2, illustration from Jack Sheppard: A Romance
2836294 The Escape No. 2, illustration from Jack Sheppard: A Romance by William Harrison Ainsworth, pub. 1839 (hand coloured engraving) by Cruikshank

Background imageBurglar Collection: The Escape No. 3, illustration from Jack Sheppard: A Romance

The Escape No. 3, illustration from Jack Sheppard: A Romance
2636999 The Escape No. 3, illustration from Jack Sheppard: A Romance by William Harrison Ainsworth, published 1839 (hand coloured etching) by Cruikshank

Background imageBurglar Collection: Front cover, The Electric Guide, 8th Edition

Front cover, The Electric Guide, 8th Edition
Front cover, The Electric Guide, 8th (Abridged) Edition, by Arthur L Golding. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageBurglar Collection: Hands up poster used by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency (litho)

Hands up poster used by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency (litho)
PNP249845 Hands up poster used by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency (litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: whichever way you move)

Background imageBurglar Collection: Watchcats (colour litho)

Watchcats (colour litho)
2783564 Watchcats (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: Watchdog cats. Two marauders)



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"Burglar: Unveiling the Intriguing World of Thieves and Heists" Step into the captivating realm of burglars, where cunning minds and audacious acts intertwine. Inspired by the literary genius Ernest William Hornung, who introduced us to the charming yet enigmatic gentleman thief Raffles, this caption takes you on a thrilling journey through various facets of burglary. Gerald Du Maurier's adaptation of Raffles in T&c brought this charismatic character to life on stage, leaving audiences spellbound with his daring escapades. Collaborating with Augene Presbrey, Hornung's creation became an icon in popular culture. Intrigue deepens as we delve into true crime stories like "The Banner Cross Murder, " where a man skillfully robs a safe but finds himself entangled in unexpected consequences. Gordon Harker's portrayal adds an element of suspense that keeps us at the edge of our seats. A whimsical caricature illustration captures our attention—a tall house on wheels pulled by men disguised as sheds—with a burglar teetering on the brink of falling into their trap. Aptly titled "A Moving Cat-astrophe, " it reminds us that even master thieves can face moments of vulnerability. Vincenzo Peruggia's infamous mug shot transports us back to 1911 when he audaciously stole Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa from the Louvre—an act that shook the art world to its core. This brazen theft showcases how they can transcend boundaries and leave an indelible mark in history. From rooftops shrouded in darkness, we witness thieves awakening unsuspecting merchants—depicted vividly in "The Thieves on the Roof Awaken The Merchant" folio from Kalila wa Dimna. It serves as a reminder that burglaries are not confined to physical spaces; they infiltrate our imaginations too.