The Policeman, No. 2 from Familiar Figures of London Series

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Title

The Policeman, No. 2 from Familiar Figures of London Series

Subject

Policeman
Maid
Victorian city life
London England,
Picture postcards 1900-1909
Lithograph postcard

Description

1 postcard recto and verso
Police Man talking to Maid, London, England

Creator

Sauber, Robert (1868-1936)

Source

Originally created in 1898 within the “Familiar Figures of London” series of 12 lithographs prints by Robert Sauber.

Publisher

The Pictorial Stationery Co., Ltd.

Date

Published circa 1906-1909.

Format

JPEG

Language

en

Type

Still image, picture postcard with divided back, 3.5 x 5.5 in

Identifier

ff2_police_recto.jpg
ff2_police_verso.jpg

Abstract

From the Peacock "pictorette" Post Card Series, Figure 2 features a policeman talking to a maid in London, England. Known as "Bobbies", modern policeman were relatively new to England, and were established in 1856. Policing formed after the industrial revolution as a result of increased pressure on society and violence.

Policemen were typically of lower classes, and had labor related occupations. Due to the industrial revolution, and increased mechanization, less laborers were need, thus became police officers (Taylor 48).

The maid featured most likely worked for a middle class family as evidenced by the type of house in the background. Such an image paints a more positive view of relations with police officers during this period.

References

For more examples of this series see: http://www.mystudios.com/artgallery/R/Robert-Sauber/The-Newsboy,-No.10-from-Familiar-Figures-of-London,-c.1901.html

and: http://www.lookandlearn.com/history-images/XD141009/The-Soldier?img=1&search=Robert+Sauber+%28after%29&bool=phrase

For more information on the formation of police forces in London see: http://www.victorianweb.org/history/police.html

and: Taylor, David. The New Police in Nineteenth-Century England: Crime, Conflict, and Control. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Provenance

Original Collection passed from Gertrude Kinnear to her sister Luree Jobe to her daughter Eleanor Jobe, who left it to her niece Elizabeth A. Mealy who left it to her granddaughter Caitlin Mealy.

Rights Holder

For rights and permissions, please contact Caitlin Mealy, catydids515@gmail.com.

Publisher Location Item Type Metadata

Location

Printed in Bavaria.

Based in London

Producer

The Pictorial Stationery Co., Ltd.

Files

ff2_police_recto.jpg
ff2_police_ verso.jpg

Citation

Sauber, Robert (1868-1936), “The Policeman, No. 2 from Familiar Figures of London Series,” Omeka 389, accessed June 14, 2024, https://omeka.lib.jmu.edu/389/items/show/535.