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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Can't Help Lovin' that Man! by Helen McKie
A red-haired woman staring into the eyes of her lover - a magnetic but dangerous looking 'Apache' man, an allegedly savage member of the Parisian underworld haunting areas such as Montmartre and La Villette in the early 20th century. Apache 'types' were a popular subject for illustrators during the 1920s, possessing as they did a streak of exotic sexuality, though they were often depicted as being casual or even cruel to their lovers. Date: 1929
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Orpheus Rescues Eurydice
Orpheus tries to rescue his wife Eurydice from the Underworld, but he mustn't look back as they go : at the last minute he turns to check she's still there... alas !
© Mary Evans Picture Library
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