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"Loot: A Journey Through History's Greatest Plunders and Treasures" Step into the captivating world as we explore its fascinating history

Background imageLoot Collection: Viking raid under Olaf I

Viking raid under Olaf I
Viking raid along the English Channel led by Olaf Tryggvason, 900s AD. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLoot Collection: Plundering a plantation during Shermans March to the Sea

Plundering a plantation during Shermans March to the Sea
Shermans troops foraging on a Georgia plantation, 1864. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLoot Collection: Joe Orton, Author, 1st March 1967

Joe Orton, Author, 1st March 1967

Background imageLoot Collection: Wreck in the Offing!, an illustration from Harpers Weekly, 1878 (litho)

Wreck in the Offing!, an illustration from Harpers Weekly, 1878 (litho)
STC311037 Wreck in the Offing!, an illustration from Harpers Weekly, 1878 (litho) by Pyle, Howard (1853-1911) (after); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; American, out of copyright

Background imageLoot Collection: Divers finding pirates treasure, 1897 (litho) (b / w photo)

Divers finding pirates treasure, 1897 (litho) (b / w photo)
CHT207816 Divers finding pirates treasure, 1897 (litho) (b/w photo) by Austrian School, (19th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imageLoot Collection: Spanish pirates attacking English merchantmen

Spanish pirates attacking English merchantmen
Spanish ships capturing English ships with supplies for the colonies. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLoot Collection: Looting Secret Whiskey

Looting Secret Whiskey
In America, crowds loot a secret whiskey store of confiscated liquor

Background imageLoot Collection: Events / Ancient Rome

Events / Ancient Rome
The Romans admire the works of art they have looted from Greece

Background imageLoot Collection: War trophies taken from the army of the King of Dahomey at Abbeokuta, 1864. Creator: Unknown

War trophies taken from the army of the King of Dahomey at Abbeokuta, 1864. Creator: Unknown
War trophies taken from the army of the King of Dahomey at Abbeokuta, 1864. Items taken after '...the King of Dahomey's army, reckoned at from ten to fourteen thousand warriors

Background imageLoot Collection: History of the Pirates...of all nations. Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate, 1836 (print)

History of the Pirates...of all nations. Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate, 1836 (print)
7339232 History of the Pirates...of all nations. Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate, 1836 (print) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 25.4x16.3 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageLoot Collection: Dragut Reis, the famous Barbary corsair, prepares to board an enemy vessel in search of loot

Dragut Reis, the famous Barbary corsair, prepares to board an enemy vessel in search of loot
7339197 Dragut Reis, the famous Barbary corsair, prepares to board an enemy vessel in search of loot, mid 19th century (coloured engraving) by Debelle, Alexandre (1805-97); National Maritime Museum

Background imageLoot Collection: The Life of Captain Charlie Vane/Mary Read, A Female Pirate, 19th century (print)

The Life of Captain Charlie Vane/Mary Read, A Female Pirate, 19th century (print)
7339230 The Life of Captain Charlie Vane/Mary Read, A Female Pirate, 19th century (print) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 46x43.4 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageLoot Collection: Attack on a ship by pirates, 19th century (print)

Attack on a ship by pirates, 19th century (print)
7339218 Attack on a ship by pirates, 19th century (print) by Debelle, Alexandre (1805-97) (after); 15.5x11.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Background imageLoot Collection: The pirates of Cuba, 19th century (print)

The pirates of Cuba, 19th century (print)
7339234 The pirates of Cuba, 19th century (print) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 24.4x23.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Background imageLoot Collection: A pirate prepares for ambush, mid 19th century (coloured engraving)

A pirate prepares for ambush, mid 19th century (coloured engraving)
7339198 A pirate prepares for ambush, mid 19th century (coloured engraving) by Debelle, Alexandre (1805-97) (after); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: A)

Background imageLoot Collection: The Looting of Peking by the Rebel Li (litho)

The Looting of Peking by the Rebel Li (litho)
8661040 The Looting of Peking by the Rebel Li (litho) by Wright, Henry Charles Seppings (1850-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Looting of Peking by the Rebel Li)

Background imageLoot Collection: The looting of Mechelen

The looting of Mechelen
3330081 The looting of Mechelen; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the looting of Mechelen by the Spaniards. Dated 16th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageLoot Collection: Triumphal Cortege of the Ark of the Covenant, Arch of Titus, Foro Romano, Rome, 1st century (marble)

Triumphal Cortege of the Ark of the Covenant, Arch of Titus, Foro Romano, Rome, 1st century (marble)
DEX5040702 Triumphal Cortege of the Ark of the Covenant, Arch of Titus, Foro Romano, Rome, 1st century (marble); Forum, Rome

Background imageLoot Collection: Lieutenant Turner, & Boats Crew of the Ship Tea, made Prisoners, by the Ladrone Pirates (print)

Lieutenant Turner, & Boats Crew of the Ship Tea, made Prisoners, by the Ladrone Pirates (print)
7339227 Lieutenant Turner, & Boats Crew of the Ship Tea, made Prisoners, by the Ladrone Pirates (print) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 10.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageLoot Collection: Lieut. Turner & boats crew of the ship Tea, made prisoners by the Ladrone Pirates

Lieut. Turner & boats crew of the ship Tea, made prisoners by the Ladrone Pirates, c.1800 (coloured aquatint)
7341674 Lieut. Turner & boats crew of the ship Tea, made prisoners by the Ladrone Pirates, c.1800 (coloured aquatint) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 17.8x25.9 cm; National Maritime Museum

Background imageLoot Collection: The retreat of the pirates (print)

The retreat of the pirates (print)
7339243 The retreat of the pirates (print) by Stanfield, Clarkson Frederick (1793-1867); 27.1x20 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: C)

Background imageLoot Collection: Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate. Capturing the Mellish'

Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate. Capturing the Mellish'
7339236 Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate. Capturing the Mellish'. Jones attacked by the coast-guard, while landing a cargo of contraband goods

Background imageLoot Collection: History of the Pirates...of all nations. The Buccaneers of South America, 1836 (print)

History of the Pirates...of all nations. The Buccaneers of South America, 1836 (print)
7295354 History of the Pirates...of all nations. The Buccaneers of South America, 1836 (print) by British School, (19th century); National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageLoot Collection: An Attack on a Galleon, early 20th century (book illustration)

An Attack on a Galleon, early 20th century (book illustration)
7339187 An Attack on a Galleon, early 20th century (book illustration) by Pyle, Howard (1853-1911); 58.4x52.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageLoot Collection: Brennus putting his sword in the balance, 390 BC, 18th (oil on canvas)

Brennus putting his sword in the balance, 390 BC, 18th (oil on canvas)
JEB4901567 Brennus putting his sword in the balance, 390 BC, 18th (oil on canvas); 43x65 cm; Palais de Longchamp, Marseille

Background imageLoot Collection: [Neufmont]iers, [F.], looking at battlefield booty, between c1914 and c1915

[Neufmont]iers, [F.], looking at battlefield booty, between c1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
[Neufmont]iers, [F.], looking at battlefield booty, between c1914 and c1915. German or French soldiers looking at war booty at Chauconin-Neufmontiers, France during World War I

Background imageLoot Collection: 'After the Battle', by P. H. Calderon, A.R.A. 1864. Creator: W Thomas. 'After the Battle', by P. H

"After the Battle", by P. H. Calderon, A.R.A. 1864. Creator: W Thomas. "After the Battle", by P. H
"After the Battle", by P. H. Calderon, A.R.A. 1864. Engraving of a painting. A battle has raged in and around a Flemish village; the English have been victorious

Background imageLoot Collection: Sack of Rome (390 BC): Brennus putting his sword in the balance, 1866 (Engraving)

Sack of Rome (390 BC): Brennus putting his sword in the balance, 1866 (Engraving)
ELD4843734 Sack of Rome (390 BC): Brennus putting his sword in the balance, 1866 (Engraving); (add.info.: Sack of Rome (390 BC): In front of the resistance of the Romans

Background imageLoot Collection: Inauguration of a Russian Gun at Seaham Harbour, near Sunderland, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Inauguration of a Russian Gun at Seaham Harbour, near Sunderland, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Inauguration of a Russian Gun at Seaham Harbour, near Sunderland, 1858. Unveiling of a cannon captured by the British during the Crimean War

Background imageLoot Collection: Russian Cross taken from a house in the rear of the Redan, 1856. Creator: Unknown

Russian Cross taken from a house in the rear of the Redan, 1856. Creator: Unknown
Russian Cross taken from a house in the rear of the Redan, 1856. Booty from the Crimean War. This interesting specimen of ecclesiastical art is in the possession of Captain Green

Background imageLoot Collection: Selling the loot, 1859. Creator: Herman Frederik Carel Ten Kate

Selling the loot, 1859. Creator: Herman Frederik Carel Ten Kate
Selling the loot, 1859

Background imageLoot Collection: The Peddlers, 1635-1650. Creator: Andrea de Leone

The Peddlers, 1635-1650. Creator: Andrea de Leone
The Peddlers, 1635-1650

Background imageLoot Collection: Crimean Heroes and Trophies, at Woolwich - from a photograph by J. Cundall and R. Howlett, 1856

Crimean Heroes and Trophies, at Woolwich - from a photograph by J. Cundall and R. Howlett, 1856. Creator: Unknown
Crimean Heroes and Trophies, at Woolwich - from a photograph by J. Cundall and R. Howlett, 1856....Company Sergeant Christy (sitting), and Sergeant Samuel McGifford, both of the 4th Battalion

Background imageLoot Collection: Hango Trophies at Woolwich Arsenal, 1856. Creator: Unknown

Hango Trophies at Woolwich Arsenal, 1856. Creator: Unknown
Hango Trophies at Woolwich Arsenal, 1856. On...the last visit of her Majesty's ship Blenheim, to Hango [Hanko, Finland], Captain Hall, C.B

Background imageLoot Collection: Medals, Decorations, Etc. - Spanish Gun at War Department Made Into Medals, 1917

Medals, Decorations, Etc. - Spanish Gun at War Department Made Into Medals, 1917. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Medals, Decorations, Etc. - Spanish Gun at War Department Made Into Medals, 1917

Background imageLoot Collection: Senator Thompson & German war relics, c1914-1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Senator Thompson & German war relics, c1914-1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Senator Thompson & German war relics, c1914-1920. American politician and colleagues with war trophies posing by The Rescue sculpture, Capitol Building, Washington, D.C

Background imageLoot Collection: Senator Thompson & German war relics, c1914-1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Senator Thompson & German war relics, c1914-1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Senator Thompson & German war relics, c1914-1920. American politician and colleagues with war trophies posing by The Rescue sculpture, Capitol Building, Washington, D.C

Background imageLoot Collection: Lamartine refusant le drapeau rouge devant l'Hôtel de Ville, c.1848

Lamartine refusant le drapeau rouge devant l'Hôtel de Ville, c.1848. Creator: Felix Henri Emmanuel Philippoteaux
Lamartine refusant le drapeau rouge devant l'Hotel de Ville, c.1848. Lamartine rejecting the red flag in front of the Hotel de Ville. Revolution of 1848, Paris

Background imageLoot Collection: Les vainqueurs de la Bastille devant l'Hôtel de Ville, le 14 juillet 1789, between 1830 and 1838

Les vainqueurs de la Bastille devant l'Hôtel de Ville, le 14 juillet 1789, between 1830 and 1838
Les vainqueurs de la Bastille devant l'Hotel de Ville, le 14 juillet 1789, (between 1830 and 1838). The conquerors of the Bastille at the Hotel de Ville in Paris, 14 July 1789

Background imageLoot Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - A Loot Auction in the Palace, Mandalay, 1886. Creator: Unknown

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - A Loot Auction in the Palace, Mandalay, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma - A Loot Auction in the Palace, Mandalay, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33. January to June, 1886"

Background imageLoot Collection: Gun and Mortar from Bomarsund, at the Crystal Palace, 1854. Creator: Unknown

Gun and Mortar from Bomarsund, at the Crystal Palace, 1854. Creator: Unknown
Gun and Mortar from Bomarsund, at the Crystal Palace, 1854. Cannon captured during the Crimean War, on display in south London

Background imageLoot Collection: Russian pony and sheep from Bomarsund, brought by Captain Hall, H.M.S. 'Hecla', 1854

Russian pony and sheep from Bomarsund, brought by Captain Hall, H.M.S. "Hecla", 1854. Creator: Unknown
Russian pony and sheep from Bomarsund, brought by Captain Hall, H.M.S. "Hecla", 1854. Animals and war trophies taken from Finland during the Crimean War by a British naval officer

Background imageLoot Collection: H.M.S. 'Miranda', and her Prizes, in Litscha Bay, Russian Lapland, 1854. Creator: Unknown. H.M.S

H.M.S. "Miranda", and her Prizes, in Litscha Bay, Russian Lapland, 1854. Creator: Unknown. H.M.S
H.M.S. "Miranda", and her Prizes, in Litscha Bay, Russian Lapland, 1854. Crimean War: Royal Navy ships bring home booty after destroying the town of Kola

Background imageLoot Collection: Bandits with Loot, n.d. Creator: Unknown

Bandits with Loot, n.d. Creator: Unknown
Bandits with Loot, n.d

Background imageLoot Collection: Scene of attacks, trafficking and looting, 1455 (miniature)

Scene of attacks, trafficking and looting, 1455 (miniature)
JLJ4629093 Scene of attacks, trafficking and looting, 1455 (miniature) by Unknown Artist, (15th century); Bibliotheque Municipale, Rouen, France; (add.info.: Scene of attacks)

Background imageLoot Collection: The Wild Hunt of Odin, 1872 (oil on canvas)

The Wild Hunt of Odin, 1872 (oil on canvas)
3086601 The Wild Hunt of Odin, 1872 (oil on canvas) by Arbo, Peter Nicolai (1831-92); 166x240.5 cm; Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway; Norwegian, out of copyright

Background imageLoot Collection: A Piece of Eight, dated 1714 (silver) (b / w photo)

A Piece of Eight, dated 1714 (silver) (b / w photo)
PNP268179 A Piece of Eight, dated 1714 (silver) (b/w photo) by Spanish School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLoot Collection: Map of Asia, Tartaria, Japan, the Philippines and the East Indies, engraved by G

Map of Asia, Tartaria, Japan, the Philippines and the East Indies, engraved by G
BON111188 Map of Asia, Tartaria, Japan, the Philippines and the East Indies, engraved by G. van Gouwen, c.1690 (coloured engraving) by Allard



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"Loot: A Journey Through History's Greatest Plunders and Treasures" Step into the captivating world as we explore its fascinating history, spanning across centuries and continents. From infamous pirates to ancient conquerors, this 150 caption will take you on a thrilling adventure through time. On March 1st, 1967, Joe Orton, an acclaimed author, delved into the concept in his thought-provoking work. But our journey begins long before that; picture yourself plundering a plantation during Sherman's March to the Sea—a daring act etched in history. Travel further back to Viking raids under Olaf I when warriors sought riches with their fierce determination. Imagine divers discovering pirates' treasure in 1897—an exhilarating moment captured forever in a litho print or black-and-white photograph. The seas were not always calm; Spanish pirates relentlessly attacked English merchantmen, leaving tales of bravery and stolen fortunes behind. Even Ancient Rome had its share of looting events that shaped empires and legacies. But let us not forget about secret whiskey looting—those hidden bottles waiting for adventurous souls to uncover their forbidden delights. And what about that intriguing piece of eight from 1714? Its silver gleams even in black-and-white photos—a testament to its enduring allure. A farmhouse plundered during The Miseries of War series reminds us how conflict ravages lives while Heliodorus expelled from the temple depicts divine retribution against those who dare lay hands on sacred treasures. As we delve deeper into history's annals, we encounter Crusaders conquering the treasures of the Orient—a strategic move amidst religious fervor. Caricatures and hidden silhouettes reveal Lafayette and others' secrets from the enigmatic 18th century—an era shrouded in mystery yet ripe with intrigue.