Portrait of a prisoner

Made:
1873 in England
photographer:
Unknown
Portrait of a prisoner
      An identity photograph of a convicted criminal, Jane Bradley, from an album of prison record photographs

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Portrait of a prisoner An identity photograph of a convicted criminal, Jane Bradley, from an album of prison record photographs
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An identity photograph of Jane Bradley, taken by an unknown photographer in 1873. The photograph is taken from an album of prison record photographs. Bradley, aged twenty-two, was arrested in Newcastle in September 1873 and sentenced to twenty one days imprisonment for theft.

An identity photograph of Jane Bradley, taken by an unknown photographer in 1873.

The photograph is taken from an album of prison record photographs. Bradley, aged twenty-two, was arrested in Newcastle in September 1873 and sentenced to twenty one days imprisonment for theft.

The use of photography to record known criminals - the 'mug shot'- had been suggested as early as the 1840s. In 1871, the Prevention of Crime Act made it a legal requirement that all persons arrested for a crime must have their photographs taken.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1991-5046/4
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford