Professions, Genre, Thieve's den, Pick Pocket
"In der Diebeshöhle" (Thieve's den)
Wood engraving after the painting by Ernst Bosch (1834-1917)
Big brother is watching as Grandpa, the old experienced pick pocket, is teaching his little brother the sophistication and delicacy of stealing money from the pocket of an unwitting victim. A moveable puppet is used with bells all over, and the little apprentice has to steal from a pocket without any of the bells betraying the hoodlum. It seems he is in an advanced program of his trade, ready to be turned loose to support the family income.
Original antique print
Very good condition. Reverse side is printed with unrelated text.
15 x 22 cm (ca. 5.9 x 8.7")
cat, dog, vase, mug, sword, Pickpocketing; larceny; stealing of money; valuables; victim's pocket; theft at the time; dexterity; thief; pickpocket; sleight of hand and misdirection;
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