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Burglary Collection

"Burglary: A Historical Perspective on the Art of Thievery" Intrigue and fascination surround the concept of burglary

Background imageBurglary Collection: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting the Met Police

Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting the Met Police
Princess Diana and Prince Charles on a visit to the Metropolitan Polices burglary squad. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageBurglary Collection: Fagin from Oliver Twist (colour litho)

Fagin from Oliver Twist (colour litho)
8635506 Fagin from Oliver Twist (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fagin from Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens)

Background imageBurglary 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 imageBurglary Collection: The Life of Captain Charlie Vane/Mary Read, A Female Pirate, 19th century (print)

The Life of Captain Charlie Vane/Mary Read, A Female Pirate, 19th century (print)
7339230 The Life of Captain Charlie Vane/Mary Read, A Female Pirate, 19th century (print) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 46x43.4 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageBurglary Collection: The pirates of Cuba, 19th century (print)

The pirates of Cuba, 19th century (print)
7339234 The pirates of Cuba, 19th century (print) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 24.4x23.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Background imageBurglary Collection: A pirate prepares for ambush, mid 19th century (coloured engraving)

A pirate prepares for ambush, mid 19th century (coloured engraving)
7339198 A pirate prepares for ambush, mid 19th century (coloured engraving) by Debelle, Alexandre (1805-97) (after); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: A)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Buried Treasure, early 20th century (book illustration)

Buried Treasure, early 20th century (book illustration)
7339186 Buried Treasure, early 20th century (book illustration) by Pyle, Howard (1853-1911); 57x51.7 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageBurglary Collection: I feel quite safe (colour litho)

I feel quite safe (colour litho)
8656660 I feel quite safe (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "I feel quite safe." Man stealing a safe)

Background imageBurglary Collection: A robber being visited by death

A robber being visited by death
3478598 A robber being visited by death; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a robber being visited by death'. Dated 16th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurglary Collection: Wreckers luring a ship onto rocks, 1850

Wreckers luring a ship onto rocks, 1850
3478532 Wreckers luring a ship onto rocks, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting wreckers luring a ship onto rocks by means of the lamp on the mounted man's back)

Background imageBurglary 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 imageBurglary Collection: A policeman stopping a burglary

A policeman stopping a burglary
5616277 A policeman stopping a burglary; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a policeman stopping a burglary by pointing his revolver at his suspect. Dated 19th Century)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Wreckers luring a ship onto rocks, 1850

Wreckers luring a ship onto rocks, 1850
3478531 Wreckers luring a ship onto rocks, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting wreckers luring a ship onto rocks. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurglary Collection: A young Butch Cassidy, 1850 (b/w photo)

A young Butch Cassidy, 1850 (b/w photo)
3507240 A young Butch Cassidy, 1850 (b/w photo); (add.info.: Photographic portrait of Butch Cassidy (1866-1908) an American train robber, bank robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch gang

Background imageBurglary Collection: James Dunlap, 1880

James Dunlap, 1880
3507322 James Dunlap, 1880; (add.info.: James Dunlap. The american bank robber, 1880.); Universal History Archive

Background imageBurglary Collection: Female shop-lifter caught in the act. 18th century. (print)

Female shop-lifter caught in the act. 18th century. (print)
7419919 Female shop-lifter caught in the act. 18th century. (print); (add.info.: A female shop-lifter is caught in the act. She had concealed lengths of lace beneath her clothes)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Robbery of the diligence (engraving)

Robbery of the diligence (engraving)
8644014 Robbery of the diligence (engraving) by Australian School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Robbery of the diligence)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Caught! (colour litho)

Caught! (colour litho)
8645889 Caught! (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Caught! Illustration for The Children's Treasure (Simpkin, Marshall)

Background imageBurglary 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 imageBurglary Collection: 'Your money or your life', 1827 (litho)

"Your money or your life", 1827 (litho)
7422877 "Your money or your life", 1827 (litho); (add.info.: Transport. "Your money or your life." Armed robbery of a stagecoach of the Messageries Royales in France)

Background imageBurglary Collection: James Dunlap, 1880

James Dunlap, 1880
3507321 James Dunlap, 1880; (add.info.: James Dunlap. The american bank robber, 1880.); Universal History Archive

Background imageBurglary Collection: Thursday for losses (chromolitho)

Thursday for losses (chromolitho)
8677359 Thursday for losses (chromolitho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Thursday for losses)

Background imageBurglary Collection: I trust you won't think me abrupt (colour litho)

I trust you won't think me abrupt (colour litho)
8655827 I trust you won't think me abrupt (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: I trust you won't think me abrupt)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving)

Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving)
8638772 Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving) by Bennett, Charles Henry (1828-67) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Some beastly thief has sneaked my clothes (colour litho)

Some beastly thief has sneaked my clothes (colour litho)
8656696 Some beastly thief has sneaked my clothes (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Some beastly thief has sneaked my clothes)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Comedy postcard of the Mona Lisa after the artwork's theft in 1911 (postcard)

Comedy postcard of the Mona Lisa after the artwork's theft in 1911 (postcard)
LSE4104075 Comedy postcard of the Mona Lisa after the artwork's theft in 1911 (postcard); Private Collection; (add.info.: La Joconde)

Background imageBurglary 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 imageBurglary Collection: Muscovite robbers carrying a canoe overland on their way to commit a crime

Muscovite robbers carrying a canoe overland on their way to commit a crime
3330659 Muscovite robbers carrying a canoe overland on their way to commit a crime; (add.info.: Engraving of Muscovite robbers carrying a canoe overland on their way to commit a crime)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Economy. Fine Art and General Insurance. Poster by Emile Berchmans, Belgium, c.1890 (poster)

Economy. Fine Art and General Insurance. Poster by Emile Berchmans, Belgium, c.1890 (poster)
3434529 Economy. Fine Art and General Insurance. Poster by Emile Berchmans, Belgium, c.1890 (poster); (add.info.: Economie. Coll. Part. Economy. Fine Art and General Insurance)

Background imageBurglary 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 imageBurglary Collection: Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving)

Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving)
8638753 Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving) by Bennett, Charles Henry (1828-67) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurglary Collection: A spirited shop girl resents the customary search of her satchel by her employer (engraving)

A spirited shop girl resents the customary search of her satchel by her employer (engraving)
8643244 A spirited shop girl resents the customary search of her satchel by her employer (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Everybody does it, 1910 (lithograph)

Everybody does it, 1910 (lithograph)
1579916 Everybody does it, 1910 (lithograph); (add.info.: Photomechanical print titled Everybody does it depicting a large circle of men)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)

Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho)
8663411 Illustration for The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn (litho) by Robinson, William Heath (1872-1944) ; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Illustration for Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (litho)

Illustration for Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (litho)
8664541 Illustration for Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (litho) by Furniss, Harry (1854-1925) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Burglary)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Inside, the southern chapel (chapel of St. James?), murals, 1594 ()

Inside, the southern chapel (chapel of St. James?), murals, 1594 (?), scene 5: the count steals the relic
7242663 Inside, the southern chapel (chapel of St. James?), murals, 1594 (?), scene 5: the count steals the relic, all beg him (Philip of Alsace seizes the head; Collegiale Saint-Pierre)

Background imageBurglary Collection: The retreat of the pirates (print)

The retreat of the pirates (print)
7339243 The retreat of the pirates (print) by Stanfield, Clarkson Frederick (1793-1867); 27.1x20 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: C)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate. Capturing the Mellish'

Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate. Capturing the Mellish'
7339236 Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate. Capturing the Mellish'. Jones attacked by the coast-guard, while landing a cargo of contraband goods

Background imageBurglary Collection: The Pirate, 19th century (print)

The Pirate, 19th century (print)
7339229 The Pirate, 19th century (print) by Stanfield, Clarkson Frederick (1793-1867); 14.5x10 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: C. Stanfield; J)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Charlotte de Berry, the female pirate, 19th century (engraving)

Charlotte de Berry, the female pirate, 19th century (engraving)
7339160 Charlotte de Berry, the female pirate, 19th century (engraving) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 17.7x24.1 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageBurglary 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 imageBurglary 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 imageBurglary Collection: Trades: Burglar (colour litho)

Trades: Burglar (colour litho)
8641500 Trades: Burglar (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Burglar. Illustration for one of a set of playing cards used in the game Jack of All Trades)

Background imageBurglary Collection: I was deeply touched (colour litho)

I was deeply touched (colour litho)
8656809 I was deeply touched (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "I was deeply touched." Pickpockets stealing from a man)

Background imageBurglary Collection: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (colour litho)

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (colour litho)
8635542 A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Highwayman (colour litho)

Highwayman (colour litho)
8635483 Highwayman (colour litho) by Ward, William Dudley (1879-1935); Private Collection; (add.info.: Highwayman. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageBurglary Collection: Hop-o'-My-Thumb (chromolitho)

Hop-o'-My-Thumb (chromolitho)
8664002 Hop-o'-My-Thumb (chromolitho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hop-o'-My-Thumb)

Background imageBurglary Collection: Postman from the GPO stealing a letter (colour litho)

Postman from the GPO stealing a letter (colour litho)
8672155 Postman from the GPO stealing a letter (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Postman from the GPO stealing a letter)



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"Burglary: A Historical Perspective on the Art of Thievery" Intrigue and fascination surround the concept of burglary, as even prominent figures like Princess Diana and Prince Charles paid a visit to the Met Police to understand its complexities. Little Tom Thumb, in 1938 print, reminds us that even small individuals can be entangled in this criminal world. Dating back to 1565, Philip Galle's "The Parable of the Good Shepherd" depicts a moral tale where thieves lurk amidst innocence. Leslie Phillips' sad countenance captures the aftermath of having his house stripped bare, losing thousands in valuables. "The Thieves on the Roof Awaken the Merchant, " an intriguing folio from Kalila wa Dimna, transports us to ancient times when cunning robbers plotted their schemes. Meanwhile, a robber running away with a money bag symbolizes both desperation and audacity. A captivating oil painting titled "Portrait of a Kleptomaniac" from c. 1820-24 delves into psychological aspects behind thefts - exploring motivations beyond mere greed. Pierrot's stolen roasted partridge is immortalized in an enchanting engraving from 1880 titled "The Cat Steals Pierrot's Roasted Partridge. " From centuries ago comes "The Fool Of Reuter And Schreiber" (1660-86), depicted through brush and Indian ink on paper - reminding us that foolishness often accompanies thieving endeavors. Similarly, "The Fox-Tailed Jester" portrays another whimsical character involved in illicit activities. Lastly, we encounter an amusing illustration from 1936 named "The Parroquet -- To The Thief. . " where a parrot exposes feline mischief while screaming for justice. Even historic Germany witnessed highwaymen lurking within forests during 1898; their horses patiently awaiting unsuspecting victims. Through these diverse glimpses into history and artistry surrounding burglary, we are reminded of the timeless allure and consequences associated with this age-old crime.