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Suspected Banksy of Prisoner Escaping Appears on Wall of Reading Jail - Photo

Reading Prison - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.03.2021
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This could be the first work by the rebellious wall artist Banksy after a hiatus lasting months and be part of a campaign to save the historical building, since the facility was closed in November 2013.

An image that may belong to the mysterious British muralist Banksy appeared on a wall of the now-closed Reading Prison over the weekend. The picture shows a man dressed in a prison robe, who escapes from the facility using a rope made from pieces of paper, coming out of his typewriter.

The painting could be meant to represent the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned there for two years from May 1895 to May 1897 after being convicted of gross indecency. During his time there he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

​However, Banksy has not confirmed whether or not the picture is his so far.

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