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English Collection

Background imageEnglish Collection: Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel

Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries crossing the English Channel by balloon. They left Dover, crossed the sea, and landed near Blanay, between Calais and Boulogne

Background imageEnglish Collection: First balloon flight over the English Channel

First balloon flight over the English Channel, from Dover to the French coast, by Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Seen here is the balloon in flight between Calais and Boulogne, with a fisherman

Background imageEnglish Collection: Balloon descent, Prairie de Nesle, France

Balloon descent, Prairie de Nesle, France
Balloon descent of Charles and Robert onto the Prairie de Nesle, northern France, surrounded by various witnesses, including an English gentleman, Mr Fares, who was the first to greet M Charles

Background imageEnglish Collection: Come lasses and lads

Come lasses and lads. Traditional English song. Date: circa 1904

Background imageEnglish Collection: The village blacksmith

The village blacksmith. Traditional English song. Date: circa 1904

Background imageEnglish Collection: Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee. Traditional English song. Date: circa 1904

Background imageEnglish Collection: WW2 Poster -- Serve in Silence

WW2 Poster -- Serve in Silence
Serve in Silence. Se Taire C est Servir. Colour photolithograph, with a profile of Britannia against a Union Jack flag. 1940

Background imageEnglish Collection: Rambles in South Devon - 1930s

Rambles in South Devon - 1930s
Front cover of a guide to rambling in South Devon showing a couple enjoying a rest amid open skies and a patchwork quilt of fields, with the sea and coastline just visible beyond. Date: c.1935

Background imageEnglish Collection: Flying Globe and Air Balloon

Flying Globe and Air Balloon
Two fanciful technical drawings. Above is a Globe Volant (Flying Globe) in which Giroud de Villette and M Rozier passed over Paris on 19 October 1783

Background imageEnglish Collection: Female punk model with silver body paint

Female punk model with silver body paint, posing against a kitchen foil background. 1980s

Background imageEnglish Collection: The Royal Line of Succession

The Royal Line of Succession
The line of succession from King Egbert to Queen Elizabeth II decorated with a beautiful border by Arthur Wragg. Date: 1953

Background imageEnglish Collection: Eastern National Omnibus Company Limited Poster

Eastern National Omnibus Company Limited Poster, advertising regular coach service to Lowerstoft and Yarmouth and to Clacton-on-Sea and Jerwick Sands. circa 1950

Background imageEnglish Collection: Hercules bicycles Coronation advertisement

Hercules bicycles Coronation advertisement
Advertisement for Hercules Bicycles, founded in 1910 in Birmingham, showing the street of a typical British town decorated with flags, swags and bunting for the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Background imageEnglish Collection: Satirical cartoon, An Aerial Excursion

Satirical cartoon, An Aerial Excursion, showing a thin Englishman and a plump Frenchwoman in a balloon, while the crowd on the ground makes rude comments in speech bubbles. 1802

Background imageEnglish Collection: Lunardis balloon ascent from Artillery Ground

Lunardis balloon ascent from Artillery Ground
Lunardis balloon ascent from the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company, making him the first Aerial Traveller in the English Atmosphere. With crowds of spectators. 15 September 1784

Background imageEnglish Collection: Satirical ballooning cartoon

Satirical ballooning cartoon
Keegans Balloon 1784. A rude satirical cartoon showing a hot air balloon emitting flames and a head labelled The English Balloon 1784, with a crowd of people standing round

Background imageEnglish Collection: Balloon over Calais

Balloon over Calais
Imaginary scene showing a balloon over Calais, built by M Romain and piloted by M Pilatre de Rozier, intended for a flight from France to England. late 18th century

Background imageEnglish Collection: English Electric Canberra aeroplane

English Electric Canberra aeroplane
English Electric Canberra WH655 aeroplane. 1940s

Background imageEnglish Collection: High Street pub in English Market Town

High Street pub in English Market Town
The Judge Jeffreys Inn, Dorchester, Dorset circa 1930s

Background imageEnglish Collection: It suffices. What suffices?

It suffices. What suffices? All suffices reckoned rightly: Spring shall bloom where now the ice is, Roses make the bramble sightly, And the quickening sun shine brightly

Background imageEnglish Collection: Gather ye roses while ye may

Gather ye roses while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying, and this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying. 20th century

Background imageEnglish Collection: News of a fair and a marvellous thing

News of a fair and a marvellous thing, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell we sing. From a poem by William Morris. Date: 20th century

Background imageEnglish Collection: Circus clown card by Glevum Games

Circus clown card by Glevum Games
A circus clown card used in a game called Tips Up by Glevum Games. 20th century

Background imageEnglish Collection: Box lid design, Tips Up by Glevum Games

Box lid design, Tips Up by Glevum Games
Box lid design for a game called Tips Up by Glevum Games. Depicting a circus clown holding a string of sausages. 20th century

Background imageEnglish Collection: Poster, Clean and Fit and Happy Too

Poster, Clean and Fit and Happy Too! Showing people in different countries attending to personal hygiene. Issued by the (British) Health and Cleanliness Council. 1939

Background imageEnglish Collection: English Toy Terrier - Fall

English Toy Terrier - Fall
English Toy Terrier - Champion Mynahguid Lancer of Leospride Date: 1968

Background imageEnglish Collection: Torquay tourist guide cover

Torquay tourist guide cover
Front cover of a guide to British seaside resort, Torquay, Devon, on the English Riviera, featuring an elegant group posed by a palm tree with the town lit up at night in the background. Date: c.1925

Background imageEnglish Collection: Scene in Ludgate Hill, London

Scene in Ludgate Hill, London, with flags and garlands for the Silver Jubilee celebrations. 1935

Background imageEnglish Collection: Countrymen with horses in the City of London

Countrymen with horses in the City of London
Countrymen with horses in Love Lane, City of London. 20th century

Background imageEnglish Collection: View of Fleet Street, London, with flags

View of Fleet Street, London, with flags and garlands for the Silver Jubilee celebrations. 1935

Background imageEnglish Collection: Madame Vestris

Madame Vestris
Lucia Elizabeth Vestris (January 1797 8 August 1856), English actress and contralto opera singer, appearing in Mozart and Rossini works

Background imageEnglish Collection: Procession in Central London

Procession in Central London
Aerial view of the Silver Jubilee procession in Central London, with flags and garlands. 1935

Background imageEnglish Collection: Woodland scene

Woodland scene
A wood in dappled sunlight with silver birch trees and bracken

Background imageEnglish Collection: French railway poster - Paris to London

French railway poster - Paris to London
Wonderful poster for the French National Railways promoting their service to London via Rouen, Dieppe or Newhaven. The poster features a typical Home Counties scene

Background imageEnglish Collection: Tours in the English Lakes and isle of Man

Tours in the English Lakes and isle of Man
Cover illustration for Tours in the English Lakes and isle of Man, organised by Thomas Cook & Son, Ludgate Circus, London

Background imageEnglish Collection: England - Sowing

England - Sowing
Illustration, possibly for a poster, of typically English countryside in spring, with a lone farmer or farm worker sowing seeds in a ploughed field. Date: c.1930

Background imageEnglish Collection: Countryside Flowers and Butterflies

Countryside Flowers and Butterflies
Red Admiral and Peacock Butterflies amid a mass of vegetation including berries, rosehips, ivy and holly. Date: circa 1980

Background imageEnglish Collection: French rail poster - Dover

French rail poster - Dover
French rail poster for the Chemin de Fer du Nord route to Dover with six fast services per day. Date: c.1910

Background imageEnglish Collection: Label design for Donnington Brown Ale

Label design for Donnington Brown Ale, brewed at the Donnington Brewery, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. circa 20th century

Background imageEnglish Collection: Cooks Motor Tours, Great Britain and Ireland

Cooks Motor Tours, Great Britain and Ireland
Cover illustration for Cooks Motor Tours of Great Britain and Ireland, showing an open topped motor coach driving along a road by the side of a lake on a sunny day in an English Lake District scene

Background imageEnglish Collection: Amy Johnson in her flying gear

Amy Johnson in her flying gear
Amy Johnson (1903-1941), pioneering English aviator. Seen here posing in her flying gear. 1930

Background imageEnglish Collection: Parkhill Estate, Sheffield -- toddlers playing

Parkhill Estate, Sheffield -- toddlers playing
Four toddlers playing with two tricycles on a walkway on the Parkhill Estate, Sheffield, Yorkshire. Date: 1961

Background imageEnglish Collection: Early aviation artefacts

Early aviation artefacts
A selection of early aviation artefacts associated with Louis Bleriot and Alcock & Brown. There are two pieces of wood from the plane in which Bleriot flew the English Channel in 1909

Background imageEnglish Collection: Country Flowers and Butterflies

Country Flowers and Butterflies
Many varieties of wild flowers with a Cabbage White and Tortoiseshell butterflies. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith Date: circa 1980

Background imageEnglish Collection: Poster advertising Rambles in Somerset

Poster advertising Rambles in Somerset

Background imageEnglish Collection: Riding in the English countryside

Riding in the English countryside
A couple out riding on a country lane on an Autumn day. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith. Date: circa 1980

Background imageEnglish Collection: Buttercups and Daisies

Buttercups and Daisies
A classic English countryside scene in a summer field with buttercups and daisies interspersed among the wild grasses. Airbrush painting by Malcolm Greensmith. circa 1980

Background imageEnglish Collection: Anne Hathaways Cottage - Stratford-upon-Avon

Anne Hathaways Cottage - Stratford-upon-Avon




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