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BRITISH PRISON SHIP, 1770s.
Five Americans escaping from the British prison ship 'Jersey,' anchored in the East River, New York, during the Revolutionary War. Wood engraving, American, 1838.
JOHN CHAMPE (1752-1798).
Sergeant major in the Continental Army. 'Escape of Sergeant Champe' from an American patrol, in order to fake his desertion and so begin an assignment as a double agent in an attempt to capture Benedict Arnold, October 1780. The British soldiers in the boat are firing at his pursuers. Wood engraving, American, 19th century.
DAVID ESCAPES FROM SAUL.
Michal helps David escape from King Saul (I Samuel 19). Illumination from an early 15th century English manuscript.
EMPRESS MATILDA (1102-1167).
Matilda or Maud. English princess. Consort of Holy Roman Emperor Henry V. The flight of Matilda and her attending knights from the besieged castle at Oxford, England, December 1142. Wood engraving, English, c1875.
ESCAPES AND ESCAPE ATTEMPTS FROM EAST.
Escapes and escape attempts from East Germany Failed escape attempt of refugee Bernd Sievert| he's clinging to a wooden box after being shot by East German border guards in the death strip of the Berlin Wall - - 05.09.1971, ullstein bild ID 00217517.
RUSSO-TURKISH WAR, 1877.
Siege of Plevna: Russian troops escaping over a bridge, chased by Turkish soldiers. Contemporary wood engraving, 1877. Full credit: ullstein - Archiv Gerstenberg / Granger, NYC -- All rights reserved.
CIVIL WAR: CONTRABANDS.
A large number of escaped slaves at Hampton, Virginia, on their way to seek refuge at Fort Monroe, August 1861. Contemporary American wood engraving.
RUSSIA: CONVICTS, c1885.
Three escaped Russian convicts standing in a field in Siberia. Photographed c1885.
TOWER OF LONDON: ESCAPE.
In 1244 Prince Griffin of Wales tried to escape from his prison in the Tower of London using his tied bedclothes as a rope. The rope broke and the prisoner fell to his death. English manuscript illumination from 'Historia Anglorum' by Matthew Paris, 1250-1259.
(c1797-1883). Born Isabella Baumfree. American abolitiionist and women's rights activist. Carte de visite photograph, 1864.
CONGRESS OF VIENNA, 1815.
Diplomats at the Congress of Vienna are interrupted in their deliberations by the return of Napoleon I, the dethroned emperor of France, from his exile on the island of Elba, March 1815. Contemporary aquatint.
FRANCE: PROTESTANTS, 1685.
Protestants fleeing France to avoid persecution after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Engraving by Jan Luyken, 1696.
(c1797-1883). Born Isabella Baumfree. American abolitiionist and women's rights activist. Carte de visite photograph by J. H. Preiter, 1864.
BANK SNATCHER, 1890.
A thief in a New York bank.
Wood engraving, American, 1890.
CHARLES II: WARRANT, 1667.
Warrant issued by King Charles II of England, 1667, for the arrest of John Lockier, Timothy Butler and Thomas Blood for aiding in the escape of John Mason, a prisoner for treason.
HARPER'S WEEKLY, 1863.
A page from 'Harper's Weekly,' describing the story of Gordon, a runaway slave who joined the Union Army. Engraving, 4 July 1863.
COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, 1934.
Robert Donat in the title role in a scene from the film 'The Count of Monte Cristo,' 1934.
INDIAN WARS, 1878.
'Oh! Oh! Howard! "I am still pursuing the Indians" - Telegram from General O. O. Howard.' Cartoon showing General Oliver Otis Howard running from a Native American around a rock. Chromolithograph, 1878.
An African-American slave interpreter who escaped to live with the Muskogee Seminole Native Americans in Florida and later served as an interpreter between the Seminoles and the U.S. Army. Wood engraving, 19th century.
CHCAGO: FIRE, 1871.
The Great Fire in Chicago, 8-10 October 1871. Scene in Wells Street in front of Briggs House, which has just caught fire. Wood engraving from a contemporary American newspaper.
EGYPT: MEDINET HABU.
Detail of a hunting scene, depicting a wild antelope and wild bulls fleeing into marshes along the Nile River. Relief from the rear wall of the first pylon of the mortuary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, Luxor, Egypt, 12th century B.C. Photographed c1975.
MARIE ANTOINETTE (1755-1793).
Queen of France, 1774-1792. Drawing made before her appearance before the Revolutionary Tribunal, 1793. Below her portrait are scenes of Marie Antoinette fleeing through the hallways of Versailles.
SLAVE HUNT, 19th CENTURY.
A slave hunt in the American South. Wood engraving, English, 19th century.
FLIGHT INTO EGYPT.
Oil on oak by the Master of the Female Half-Lengths, c1540. RESTRICTED OUTSIDE US.
The bombing of Paris where Tsar Alexander II Romanov escaped death, 1867, engraving. 19th century. Full credit: De Agostini Picture Library / Granger, NYC -- All rights
ART & ARCHITECTURE.
The Flight into Egypt, a fresco in the Church of Saint-Aignan, Brinay. France, 12th century. Full Credit: DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI / Granger, NYC -- All rights res
THIRTY YEARS' WAR.
Civilians made homeless by the Thirty Years' War fleeing the destruction. Line engraving, German, 19th century, after a painting by Philips Wouwerman (1619-1668).
EGYPT: MEDINET HABU.
A group of western visitors standing in front of a relief depiction of a hunting scene on a rear wall of the first pylon of the mortuary temple of Ramses III, 12th century B.C., at Medinet Habu, Luxor, Egypt. Photographed c1975.
WORLD WAR I: REFUGEES.
French residents fleeing the Somme district for Amiens when the German army defeated the 5th British Army in March, 1918, during World War I. Stereograph, 1918.
CHINA: SHANGHAI, c1910.
Chinese refugees aboard the steamship 'Kiang Yung,' Shanghai, China. Photograph, c1910.
Painting of Harriet Tubman as she escorts escaped slaves into Canada. Jerry Pinkney.
YAKE-DAKE VOLCANO, JAPAN.
A view of smoke escaping the crater of the Yake-dake volcano. Walter Weston.
WWII: CRASH LANDING, 1945.
The pilot of a U.S. Navy F6F Hellcat escapes after a crash landing on the USS Lexington aircraft carrier, 1945.
SLAVERY: BELL RACK.
Contraption used by an Alabama slave owner to guard a runaway slave. The rack was topped by a bell which rang when the runaway attempted to escape. It was attached around the neck with a belt that passed through the loop at the bottom to hold the iron rod firmly to the waist of the wearer. Photographed by Russell Mobile in c1937-38.
ANTONIO LOPEZ de SANTA ANNA
(1795c-1876). Mexican general and political leader. Santa Anna's escape from the Battle of Cerro Gordo, March 1847, during the Mexican-American War. Wood engraving, 19th century.
BALLOON ACCIDENT, 1857.
Professor John Steiner leaping from his hot air balloon into Lake Erie during an attempt to fly to Canada in 1857. Contemporary American wood engraving.
NATHANAEL GREENE, 1781.
General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) and his army successfully evading the British army by crossing the Dan River from North Carolina into Virginia, 15 February 1781. Wood engraving, American, 19th century.
HELEN JEWETT (1813-1836).
Villain at the scene of the murder of Helen Jewett, a New York City prostitute whose bed was lit on fire after being killed with a hatchet. Lithograph by an unknown artist, 1836.
LINCOLN ASSASSINATION, 1865. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., 14 April 1865. Engraving, 1865.
WORLD WAR II: BATTLESHIP.
Crew members abandoning the British battleship H.M.S. 'Prince of Wales' following a bombing attack by Japanese warplanes, 17 March 1943.
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