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Peel’s Peelers policing London’s streets

Posted in Historical articles, History, Institutions, Law, London, Politics on Sunday, 22 November 2015

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This is a painterly and accomplished picture of one of the first Metropolitan policeman, known as Peel’s Peelers, at work on the beat and about to apprehend a gang of burglars escaping with their loot. His splendid uniform is an essential part of his authority, and his royal blue coat is central to the image’s composition and moral force.

Peel's Peelers, picture, image, illustration

Peel's Peelers by James E McConnell

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