Before The Second Chance Society, There Was Newgate
New Haven Independent -

The cell looks more like a tomb, a catacomb, something to get lost and buried in. The barred windows let in so little light that most of the image is taken up by darkness. It might take a minute to locate the prisoner in the picture, slumped on the floor near the window but barely registering the sun streaming in.

It’s a portrait of solitary despair, and is at the heart of “Captive Bodies: British Prisons, 1750–1900,” an exhibit at the Yale Center for British Art that’s in the final weeks of its...

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