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Gouache Painting by Prisoner Charles Bronson

Gouache Painting by Prisoner Charles Bronson


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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Acrylic: Pre 1990: Item # 1235138
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‘Woman with Lurcher’ Gouache Pencil Sketch Study of a woman lovingly stroking her pet Lurcher. Signed lower right stamped verso HM Prison, 5 Love Lane, Wakefield, WF2 9AG with reference. Unframed in good condition A fantastic investment for a lover of the quirky and interesting. Charles Bronson (Born Michael Gordon Bronson 6 December 1952) is an English criminal who is often referred to in the British press as the "most violent prisoner in Britain". Born in Luton, Bedfordshire (although the Daily Mirror reported that he was born in Aberystwyth, Wales he became a petty criminal before being sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 1974. While in prison, he began making a name for himself as a loose cannon, often fighting convicts and prison officers. He also embarked on one-man rooftop protests. Regarded as a "problem prisoner", he was moved 120 times throughout Her Majesty’s Prison Service and spent most of that time in solitary confinement. What was originally a seven-year term stretched out to a fourteen-year sentence that resulted in his first wife, Irene, with whom he had a son, leaving him. He was released on 30 October 1988, but spent merely sixty-nine days as a free man before he was arrested again. Upon his release, he began a bare knuckle boxing career in the East End of London. His promoter was unhappy with his name and suggested he change it to Charles Bronson. He was returned to prison for planning another robbery and continued to be a difficult inmate, instigating numerous hostage situations. While in jail in 2001, he married his second wife, Fatema Saira Rehman, a Bangladeshi-born divorcée who inspired him to convert to Islam and take the name of Charles Ali Ahmed. This second marriage lasted four years before he divorced Rehman and renounced Islam. Bronson is one of the highest-profile criminals in Britain and has been featured in books, interviews, and studies in prison reform and treatment. He is the subject of the 2008 film Bronson, the story based loosely around his life. Bronson has written many books about his experiences and famous prisoners he has met throughout his internment. A self-declared fitness fanatic who has spent many years in segregation, Bronson dedicated a book to working out in confined spaces. In his own words: "I'm a nice guy, but sometimes I lose all my senses and become nasty. That doesn't make me evil, just confused