Pentonville Prison, 1871.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Pentonville Prison, 1871.

Lewis, Captain

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of an inmate of Pentonville Prison, London, making carpets or matting on a loom, taken by Captain Lewis, probably of the Royal Engineers, in 1871. This man sits at his loom dressed in prison uniform. Around him are arranged the basic contents of his cell, a mattress, stool and table for books and other items. Propped at the back of the table is a list of rules and regulations for working in the prison. Pentonville Prison was designed by Sir Joshua Jebb (1793-1863) and completed in 1842. It was a model prison built according to Jeremy Bentham's (1748-1832) concept of the 'Panopticon', consisting of five blocks radiating from a central point.



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