Prison record sheet

Made:
1873 in Gateshead
photographer:
Unknown

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Prison record sheet A page from a prison record ledger containing a portrait and information about a convicted criminal, Mary Clark
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A page from a prison record ledger, 1873. The page contains a portrait and information about a convicted criminal, Mary Clark. Clark, a nineteen-year-old factory hand, was arrested for theft in Gateshead in June 1873 and sentenced to three months hard labour.

A page from a prison record ledger, 1873.

The page contains a portrait and information about a convicted criminal, Mary Clark. Clark, a nineteen-year-old factory hand, was arrested for theft in Gateshead in June 1873 and sentenced to three months hard labour.

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:
1991-5046/1
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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