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The Prison
A harlot's progress, plate 4

A harlot's progress, plate 4

Bridewell prison with inmates (including prostitutes and a card-player) beating hemp under the supervision of a warder holding a cane. Moll is still dressed in her finery, but a one-eyed female attendant finger... more

A rake's progress, plate 7

A rake's progress, plate 7

A room in the Fleet Prison. Tom sits at a table while his wife clenches her fists and the jailer asks for garnish money. To left, Sarah Young has fainted and is being administered smelling salts by one woman wh... more

A rake's progress, plate 7

A rake's progress, plate 7

A room in the Fleet Prison. Tom sits at a table while his wife clenches her fists and the jailer asks for garnish money. To left, Sarah Young has fainted and is being administered smelling salts by one woman wh... more

The Well, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Well, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Pier with Chains, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Pier with Chains, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Pier with a Lamp, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Pier with a Lamp, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Gothic Arch, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Gothic Arch, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Arch with a Shell Ornament, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Arch with a Shell Ornament, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary P...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Sawhorse, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Sawhorse, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Smoking Fire, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Smoking Fire, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Giant Wheel, from Carceri d'invenzioni (Imaginary Prisons)

The Giant Wheel, from Carceri d'invenzioni (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Grand Piazza, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Grand Piazza, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Staircase with Trophies, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Staircase with Trophies, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Pris...

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Drawbridge, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

The Drawbridge, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Title Page, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Title Page, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Adieu Bastille

Adieu Bastille

Print shows a man playing a bagpipe, behind him lies a lion on a chain which is draped over his right arm, his left foot rests on a gameboard, at the far end of which is a peg with string attached, the string r... more

Adieu Bastille

Adieu Bastille

Print shows a member of the Third Estate playing a bagpipe, standing next to a tame lion, representing the monarchy, and manipulating marionettes, representing the clergy and the nobility, on a string tied to h... more

L'homme au masque de fer

L'homme au masque de fer

Print shows a prisoner in chains and wearing an iron mask sitting on a bench in a prison cell, and another man with a lantern and a tray of food entering the cell in the Bastille. Title from item. Possibly purc... more

Trojans Arch, Ancona ; Tasso in prison ; The Bridge of Sighs

Trojans Arch, Ancona ; Tasso in prison ; The Bridge of Sighs

Information from accompanying cards: Beneath the gilt fore-edges of each volume are fine detailed paintings. The one on volume I is divided into three parts depicting Trojans Arch, Ancona, Tasso in Prison and t... more

Bambridge on trial for murder by a committee of the House of Commons / engraved by T. Cook from an original painting by Wm. Hogarth in the possession of Mr. Ray.

Bambridge on trial for murder by a committee of the House of Commons /...

Print shows several members of the House of Commons, including James Oglethorpe and Archibald Grant, gathered in a room at the Fleet Prison for an investigation of Thomas Bambridge, warden of the prison, for th... more

Arrestation de Mr. de Launay, gouverneur de la Bastille, le 14 Juillet 1789 Prieur inv. & del. ; Berthault sculp

Arrestation de Mr. de Launay, gouverneur de la Bastille, le 14 Juillet...

Print shows a mob of revolutionaries after the storming the Bastille, when late in the afternoon, Governor De Launay, of the Bastille, is arrested and taken away, on the lower left, at the beginning of the Revo... more

Prise de la Bastille, le 14 Juillet 1789 Prieur inv. & del. ; Berthault sculp

Prise de la Bastille, le 14 Juillet 1789 Prieur inv. & del. ; Berthaul...

Print shows a mob of revolutionaries storming the Bastille at the beginning of the Revolution in 1789. Title from item. Illustration from: Collection complète des tableaux historiques de la révolution française... more

She stoops to conquer

She stoops to conquer

The central room of a prison. Various strong doors and iron-grated windows open on the chamber. Bolts, padlocks, and strings of fetters indicate the nature of the security. Behind a grating is seen a prisoner, ... more

Plan of the New York state prison at Mount Pleasant

Plan of the New York state prison at Mount Pleasant

Title from item. Forms part of: Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress).

House of Industry and House of Correction

House of Industry and House of Correction

House of Industry and House of Correction So. Boston. Built c. 1821-3, Bulfinch, architect(?) Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Litho. of prison yard and outline plan of ground

Litho. of prison yard and outline plan of ground

Litho. of prison yard and outline plan of ground. The first State prison buildings were completed in 1805 and occupied in December of that year when 32 convicts were received from Fort Independence on Castle Is... more

Das allegrösste Bilder ABC. G bei Winckelmann & Söhne in Berlin

Das allegrösste Bilder ABC. G bei Winckelmann & Söhne in Berlin

Print shows the letter "G" formed by a harlequin with left arm extended, holding his hat, and standing before a table with three cups for a shell game on it, with examples "Grossmutter" showing an elderly woman... more

House of Industry and House of Correction

House of Industry and House of Correction

House of Industry and House of Correction, South Boston. Built ca. 1821-3?, Chas. Bulfinch? Courtesy of Boston Public Library

State Prison 1833

State Prison 1833

State prison, 1833. Lynde's Point, on which the State Prison in Charlestown was later erected, was sold by Captain McNeil in November 1800 to the state commissioners appointed by the legislature. It contained o... more

The procession of Jack Sheppard from Newgate to Tyburn

The procession of Jack Sheppard from Newgate to Tyburn

Depicting a scene from "Jack Sheppard" by W. Harrison Ainsworth, Esq. Three images of the procession of Jack Sheppard from Newgate to Tyburn; the first, Jack Sheppard led from the prison to the cart, escorted b... more

Gov. Seward's letter or the triumph of liberality and justice

Gov. Seward's letter or the triumph of liberality and justice

A dramatic prison scene, intended to contrast the clemency of New York's Whig governor William H. Seward with the vindictiveness of the Democrat-controlled New York City prison administration. In the interior o... more

Unsigned primitive painting of Charlestown Prison Yard showing granite octagonal structure of 1850

Unsigned primitive painting of Charlestown Prison Yard showing granite...

Unsigned primitive painting of Charlestown Prison Yard showing granite octagonal structure of 1850. Possibly painted by an inmate; certainly an example of folk art. For the first sixty years in the life of the ... more

East front elevation of prison

East front elevation of prison

East front elevation of prison. Shows Massachusetts State Prison building of 1826, and extension of 1850. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

State prison

State prison

State prison. Gleason's Pictorial 1853. From the accompanying article: Has 554 cells, accommodating 600 prisoners (473 at present), and 33 officers and watchmen. Men and women, old and young, sick and well, can... more

Castle Thunder, Richmond, Va

Castle Thunder, Richmond, Va

No. 892. Title from item.

Walnut St. prison Phil. S.E. corner of 6th St

Walnut St. prison Phil. S.E. corner of 6th St

Drawing shows a street-level, perspective view of the Walnut Street Prison, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Title from item. Drawing is mounted on paper which is mounted on a large sheet of cream paper watermarked ... more

The old Capitol prison

The old Capitol prison

No. 1019. Title from item. Mounted with five other photographs with general caption: Views in Washington, D.C. Hand written on verso: "from B815-1019 print". Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Libby Prison, Richmond, Va. drawn from nature by F. Dielman ; lith. by E. Sachse & Co

Libby Prison, Richmond, Va. drawn from nature by F. Dielman ; lith. by...

Print shows a slightly elevated view of the exterior of the Libby Prison building, with the front of the building facing left, a woman with a child walking on the lower left, and a man riding in a horsedrawn wa... more

Plan of part of Richmond, Virginia : showing locations of Rebel prisons [in] winter of 1863.

Plan of part of Richmond, Virginia : showing locations of Rebel prison...

Shows the streets of Richmond below Church Hill from the Canal to Broad Street and from 17th to 21st streets, including Castle Thunder and Libby prisons and the Union officers' and soldiers' hospitals.

Prison at Andersonville, Ga.

Prison at Andersonville, Ga.

Scale not given. LC Civil War Maps (2nd ed.), 134 From Sanitary Commission bulletin, v. 1, no. 21, Sept. 1, 1864. opp. p. 647. Plan of camp showing the prison, the "dead line," "Rebel camp," batteries, "Gen. Wi... more

Andersonville Prison, Georgia. South end view of the stockade Showing the sentry stands in the distance Photographed by A.J. Riddle

Andersonville Prison, Georgia. South end view of the stockade Showing ...

Photograph shows prisoners using latrines in the foreground, masses of huts made of sticks and blankets, and a stockade with sentry boxes in the distance (Source: Notes by Sergeant Warren L. Goss of Co. H, 2nd ... more

Union soldiers as they appeared on their release from the rebel prisons / from photographs made by order of Congress.

Union soldiers as they appeared on their release from the rebel prison...

Cover illustration showing portraits of eight emaciated and sick Union soldiers, seated and lying down. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 18, no. 455 (1864 June 18), p. 393. Soldiers identifie... more

Andersonville Prison, Georgia. South-east view, taken from the stockade Thirty three thousand prisoners in bastile Photographed by A.J. Riddle

Andersonville Prison, Georgia. South-east view, taken from the stockad...

Photograph shows prisoners using latrines in the foreground, a group involved in a court martial or trial of a prisoner on the left, a structure with four poles and a blanket roof used as a barber shop in the m... more

Sumpter Prison, Andersonville, Georgia, June 1864

Sumpter Prison, Andersonville, Georgia, June 1864

Shows the prison with wooden fence, 18 guard towers, the famous "deadline," the north and south gates, Sweetwater Creek, "Valley of Death," fortification, batteries, and cook house. He depicts overcrowding by a... more

Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia

Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia

Photograph showing a group of people gathered outside Libby Prison, an old tobacco warehouse and former Confederate military prison, now held by the Union Army. Illus. in: Gardner's photographic sketch book of... more

Libby Prison, Richmond, Va. sketched by W.C. Schwartzburg, Co. A, 24th Wis. Vols

Libby Prison, Richmond, Va. sketched by W.C. Schwartzburg, Co. A, 24th...

Print shows an exterior of Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, from across a street, with inmates behind barred windows and guards patrolling in front of the building. Title from item. Publication date based on... more

Andersonville Prison, Georgia. Bird's eye view - gathering roots to boil coffee Thirty-three thousand prisoners in bastile Photographed by A.J. Riddle

Andersonville Prison, Georgia. Bird's eye view - gathering roots to bo...

Photograph shows prisoners using latrines in the foreground and masses of huts made of sticks and blankets; the cluster of huts in the foreground was referred to as "Mud Island" (Source: Notes by Sergeant Warre... more

Andersonville Prison, Georgia. View from the main gate Issuing rations to thirty-three thousand prisoners Photographed by A.J. Riddle

Andersonville Prison, Georgia. View from the main gate Issuing rations...

Photograph shows prisoners gathered for rations distribution in front of Confederate sutlers building and stockade in the distance (Source: Notes by Sergeant Warren L. Goss of Co. H, 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Art... more

A proper family re-union

A proper family re-union

A biting cartoon showing Confederate president Jefferson Davis in league with both the devil and Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold. Arnold and Davis stir a cauldron of "Treason Toddy," a brew into whic... more

Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., April 1865

Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., April 1865

Photograph shows the north side of Libby Prison, a Confederate military prison taken over by Union troops. Title from item.

Relics of Andersonville Prison from the collection brought from there by Miss Clara Barton and Dorence Atwater, August, 1865, and photographed by Brady & Co. for the great National Fair, Washington, June, 1866.

Relics of Andersonville Prison from the collection brought from there ...

Inscribed on back: Very Truly yours Dorence Atwater. Entered according to act of Congress by M.B. Brady & Co. in the year 1865 ... District of Columbia. Clara Barton Collection (Library of Congress).

Castle Thunder Prison, Petersburg [i.e. Richmond], April, 1865

Castle Thunder Prison, Petersburg [i.e. Richmond], April, 1865

Photograph shows a Union guard standing next to Castle Thunder, a Confederate military prison in Richmond, Virginia. Title from item. Published in: Russell's Civil War photographs : 116 historic prints / by And... more

[Grand Review of the Armies, Washington, D.C.; Jefferson Davis' cell at Fort Monroe; portrait of David E. Herold, accomplice of John Wilkes Booth]

[Grand Review of the Armies, Washington, D.C.; Jefferson Davis' cell a...

Full page includes four illustrations and an article describing Herold's role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 9, no. 441 (1865 June 10), p. 365. Title devised by Library ... more

Home views. No. 15, Rebel prison - 1865

Home views. No. 15, Rebel prison - 1865

Stereograph shows a bird's-eye or elevated view of Elmira prison camp in New York, with a long line of prisoners standing along the fence with rows of buildings in the background. Title from item. No. 15. Prin... more

Military prisons at Charleston, South Carolina / sketched by Lieutenant F. Millward.  Eastport, Mississippi, General Thomas's head-quarters, January, 1865 / sketched by Adam Rohe.

Military prisons at Charleston, South Carolina / sketched by Lieutenan...

Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 9, no. 425 (1865 February 18), p. 108.

Old Capitol Prison, Washington / negative by Wm. R. Pywell, positive by A. Gardner.

Old Capitol Prison, Washington / negative by Wm. R. Pywell, positive b...

Photograph showing the prison located behind the Capitol building in which a number of Confederate prisoners were held. Illus. in: Gardner's photographic sketch book of the war / Alexander Gardner. Washington,... more

The heroes' memorial. A memorial to perpetuate the remembrance of the heroes of the Empire State, who fell fighting for the Union, or died in rebel prisons, in military hospitals or at their homes in the years 1861, '62, '63, '64, '65 / Clay, Cosack & Co., Buffalo, N.Y.

The heroes' memorial. A memorial to perpetuate the remembrance of the ...

Print shows an obelisk monument with Niagara Falls in the background. 31729 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. Inscribed in pencil at top left: May 30, 1866. No. 590. Inscribed in pencil at bottom left: No... more

Lima. The penitentiary

Lima. The penitentiary

Photographs by Courret Hermanos Fotogs., Lima, Peru. Title from item. In album: Recuerdos del Peru, vol. 2.

Rear of prison and prison yard

Rear of prison and prison yard

Rear of prison and prison yard. Dated November 14, 1874. .. For over half a century Charlestown men could not converse with one another or experience the luxury of "yard time." Courtesy of Boston Public Library

[Sketch by moonlight of Bridge of Sighs, Venice]

[Sketch by moonlight of Bridge of Sighs, Venice]

Title devised by cataloger. No publication information. (DLC/PP-1932:0068). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress).

Philadelphia in the olden time / D.C.

Philadelphia in the olden time / D.C.

Print shows a bird's-eye view of Philadelphia from across the Delaware River, with pedestrians, carriages, horse-teams, and horseback riders in the foreground, as well as a horse-powered paddleboat taxi or ferr... more

Illinois State Penitentiary, Joliet

Illinois State Penitentiary, Joliet

Date based on Detroit, Catalogue J (1901). Detroit Publishing Co. no. 05931. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.