Thief-taker Jonathan Wild on way to execution

#Picture Number HS129

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of ‘thief-taker general’ Jonathan Wild (?1682-1725) being taken to execution in a cart and pelted by a hostile crowd, 1725. Wild appeared to be on the side of the law, returning stolen goods to their owners (for a fee!) but in fact he was in league with thieves and highwaymen. He attempted suicide with laudanum before his execution, but failed, and was taken to be hanged half unconscious.