The Woodman setting off to work in snowy landscape, axe under arm and billhook tucked in belt, with pipe for comfort and dog for company. Coloured lithograph from cover of song with lyrics by WD Chester, composer A Carroll
?Pierre Terrail, Seigneur de Bayard (1475-1524) French hero, the 'knight without fear and beyond reproach', defending bridge at Garigliano alone against 200 Spanish troops for 30 minutes, 1503. Nineteenth Century Trade Card Lithograph?
Indian barber. In the foreground a barber is shaving the head of a client. Standing on the left a Sepoy, whose uniform is on the ground beside him, is plucking his eyebrows with the aid of tweezers and a mirror. Standing on the right another barber is gossipping, holding the implements of his trade wrapped in a cloth which he carries in front of him. Hand coloured lithograph from Oriental Drawings by Charles Gold (London, 1806).
Britain; England; Scotland; Ireland; Religion; 17th century; Seventeenth century
A Solemn League and Covenant ...' for defence of religion in England, Scotland and Ireland. The Covenanters opposed the imposition of High Anglican rites and suppression of their Calvinist protestantism. Illustration by Willaim Hollar, 1643.
Mrs FR Benson (born Constance Featherstonhaugh - 1860-1946) English actress. Married the actor-manager Frank Benson (1858-1939) in 1886 and appeared for many years as his leading lady. Here as Miranda in The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Fukurokuju, Japanese god of wisdom, wealth, long life and happiness, on right is red-crowned crane, symbol of longevity and fidelity. Ink and colour wash on paper. Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) Ukiyo-e artist. Religion Deity
Magnetism and electromagnetism, showing dip needle, compass, etc., and lifting power of electromagnet (12), Wheatstone telegraph (13), Morse telegraph (16). From educational plate published Wurtemberg c1850.
horse; equine; equestrian; event; white; grey; close-up; nose; mane; hair; horsehair; eye; nose; bridle; halter; leather; buckle; eye-contact; trusting; IPSV2525 This image is also available as a tiff file at 300dpi
Arrest of Francois Koenigstein (1859-1892) French Anarchist known as Ravachol, 30 March 1892. Guillotined 11 July 1892. From 'Le Petit Journal', Paris, 16 April 1892. France, Criminal, Murderer, Bomber, Terrorist
Forth Railway Bridge from South-East, c1890, Scotland. This bridge, built for the North British Railway Company, was begun in 1882 and opened on 4 March 1890. Cantilever and central girder design by John Fowler (1817-1898) and Benjamin Baker (1840-1907) who was also the engineer. William Arrol (1839-1913) the principal contractor. The steel for the girders was produced the by the Siemens-Martin process. Chromolithograph c1895.
Cameramen under fire while filming an engagement while reporting on the First Balkan War, 1912-1913. This war was between the Balkan League (Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Montenegro) against the Turks (Ottoman Empire) an their repressive policies. From Le Petit Journal, (Paris, 3 November 1912).
Washing for tin. After digging out a substantial amount of material, the miners would alter the course of a stream. The flow of the water would wash away the light material, leaving behind the tin-bearing ore. From De re metallica, by Agricola, pseudonym of Georg Bauer (Basle, 1556). Woodcut.
American privateer General Armstrong in Port Fayal, Azores, 26 Sept. 1814, firing on 4 boats of British Marines from the 'Carnation'. Attack repelled. Next day fired on by British and scuttled by crew who escaped ashore. Print 1830.
Religion; Christian; Muslim; Islam; Religious; War
The Capture of Acre by the Crusaders (1191?) during the First Crusade. From Speculum Majus by Vincent de Beauvais (c1190-1264) French Dominican monk and encyclopaedist.. 15th century manuscript. Chantilly Library.
copper plate; engraving; religion; religious; scripture; Bible; Jesus; blind man; guide dog; miracle; cherub; putti; naked young boy with wings; Johannes Kip; Jan Kip; engraver; Richard Blome; publisher; coat of arms
Plate has engraved caption containing the name of a patron or contributor to the printing of the work. These patrons range from the King and Queen through all the ranks of society.
Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871: Siege of Paris 19 Sept 1870-28 Jan 1871. National Guardsman does not fancy the delicacy the street vendor is offering - dog offal. From 'Paris Bloque', Faustin Betbeder. France Germany Food Shortage Hunger
Facsimile of the original draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776) in oval frame with medallions of the thirteen original states, and portraits of John Hancock, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. America USA 1819.
World War I 1914-1918: 'What England Wants' 1918 German propaganda poster showing British planes bombing a factory, a response to article by a Member of Parliament saying Rhine industry must be bombed to destruction.
Howard Russell (1820-1907) Irish-born British journalist. War correspondent for The Times (Crimean War) and The Daily Telegraph (Zulu War). 'Ape' (Carlo Pellegrini) cartoon from Vanity Fair, London, 16 January 1875.
Chameleons vary greatly in size and body structure, with total length from approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm), to 31 inches (79 cm) in the male. Many species are sexually dimorphic, and males are typically much more ornamented than the female chameleons.
Woman suffering from Lupus Vulgaris, a tubercular skin infection. From Jules Rengade Les Grands Maux et les Grands Remedes, Paris, c1890. Formerly a disfiguring disease, it responds well to modern drugs for tuberculosis and is now rare.
Advertising; British; Domestic; Hygiene; Chemical; Industry
Trade card for Sunlight soap, c1900. Little girl carries a shopping basket of Sunlight soap home through the snow. The message is purity, whiteness and less labour. The soap was manufactured by Lever Brothers at their factory at Port Sunlight on the Mersey, near Liverpool, England. Illustration by Tom Browne (1872-1910), English painter and illustrator. Chromolithograph.
Title page 'Two Treatises of Government: ' John Locke, 2nd edition 1694, First, attack on Divine Right of Kings; Second, dealing with Rights of Man. Locke, English philosopher, Father of Liberalism and influential Enlightenment thinker.
Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French General and first President of The Fifth Republic. De Gaulle as depicted in a 1950 anti-government cartoon by Micou issued by Le Parti Communiste Francais attacking the cost of armaments and the Atlantic Pact.
Jean Mounet-Sully (1841-1916) celebrated French tragedian in role of Oedipus in 'L'Oedipe roi', Jules Lecroix's French version of Sophocles's play. From 'Le Petit Journal', Paris, 17 September 1892. Actor, Theatre, Drama, France
Frost Fair, frozen River Thames, London, 1814, Luke Clonnell, George Cooke, printing press, swings, St Paul's Cathedral,
Print of Frost Fair on the frozen Thames February 1814 drawn by Luke Clonnell and engraved by George Cooke. Various diversions are shown including a printing press and a view of St Paul's Cathedral in the distance
Venezuelans attacking Spanish conquistadors. Coloured drawing by Hieronyouse Koler, Hohemath Expedition. At bottom right Europeans in tent eating and drinking and at top left sitting in privy or wash house, are taken by surprise by natives. British Libra
?Napoleon I' , Lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) French artist. Post-Impressionist, Art Nouveau. Napoleon on white horse, followed by French officer on a chestnut and turbaned figure on a grey.
Bridge at the Okasaki station with porters and attendants carrying sedan chair and bundles. From 'The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road' (1833-1834) by Utagawa Hiroshiga (1797-1858) Japanese Ukiyo-e artist. Landscape Water
Jefferson Davis (1809-1889) President of the Confederate (southern) States. Captured by Union (northern) cavalry in 1865 and imprisoned for two years. Lithograph after painting by Thomas Hicks of 14 June 1860.
World War II - Russian Front: Helmeted German soldiers searching a ruined village. The man behind the field gun is ready for action and the other troops are on their guard. From 'Signal', German propaganda magazine, January 1943.
Alfred Dreyfus (c1859-1935) French army officer of Jewish extraction, wrongly accused of passing secret documents to the Germans, being disgraced as a traitor and degraded by having his sword broken and all signs of rank removed from his uniform. From Le Petit Journal Paris, 18 January 1895.
Advertisement for Cotton Bale Medicine Co. Patent medicines (Helena, Arkansas, USA). Above pile of remedies, African-American labourers are picking cotton, Mississippi river in background. Agriculture Textile Chromolithograph
Catholoic students of the National Union laying wreaths at foot statue of Saint Joan (Joan of Arc - c1412-1431) The Maid of Orleans, French national heroine of The Hundred Year's War. From 'Le Petit Journal', Paris, February, 1894.
Stamping mills powered by and overshot water wheel being used to crush ore to begin the process of extracting metal from the ore won from a mine. From De re metallica, by Agricola, pseudonym of Georg Bauer (Basle, 1556). Woodcut. Mining. Metal. Power. Water.
Overshot water wheel turning the cam-shaft of a stamping mill being used to turn the crush ore to begin the process of extracting metal from the ore won from a mine. From De re metallica, by Agricola, pseudonym of Georg Bauer (Basle, 1556). Woodcut
World War I Polish army recruitment poster, 1917. Casimir Pulaski and Thaddeus Kosciuszko, 18th/19th century Polish heroes used to appeal to Polish nationalism to recruit men to fight for their country.
Engraving; The Universal Penman; Engraving; George Bickham; Penman; Richard Morris; ephemera; fancy penmanship; flourishes; calligraphic; calligraphy; decorative handwriting; art; writing, beautiful; Golden Mean
Language; Word; Grammar; Central; America; Book; Sixteenth century; 16th century
Title page of Vocabulary in Castilian and Mexican Language by Alonso de Molina, Mexico, 1572, the first dictionary printed in the New World. Molina (c1514-1579) Spanish Franciscan priest and grammarian.
Thomas More (1478-1535) English scholar and statesman. Author of Utopia, friend of Erasmus. Lord Chancellor to Henry VII. Artist's impression of him bidding farewell to his daughter before his execution, 22 June 1535. Wood engraving.