Engraving depicting Jonathan Wild in the cart. Jonathan Wild, (1682/83-1725), was a London underworld figure. He became a manipulator of legal systems, collecting the rewards offered for valuables which he had stolen himself, bribing prison guards to release his colleagues, and blackmailing any who crossed him. He was responsible for the arrest and execution of Jack Sheppard, a petty thief and burglar who had won the publics affection as a lovable rogue. However, Wilds duplicity became known, and his men began to give evidence against him. After a suicide attempt, he was hanged at Tyburn.
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Raffles the Amatuer Cracksman by E 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. The character originated in short stories by Hornung. Raffles is in evening dress because he was he was a gentleman as well as a burglar. Touring to the Opera House, Northampton, 10th February 1908 Date: 1908
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Raffles, The Amateur Cracksman
A scene from 'Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman', at the Comedy Theatre, London. Based on the stories by E.W.Hornung, the play showed a series of incidents in the life of the gentleman thief. Here, Raffles (played by Gerald du Maurier) meets Curtis Bedford in the house of the Earl of Amersteth. Bedford was the detective who had made it his mission to catch Raffles. From the left: Lady Melrose (Miss Hilda Thorpe); Curtis Bedford; Mrs Vidal (Miss Sarah Brooke; Raffles (Mr Gerald du Maurier); Gwendoline Conran; Lady Ethel (Miss Lettice Fairfax) and Lord Amersteth. Date: May 1906
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