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Notre-Dame

Gallery added: April 16, 2019
Thumbnail image of Paris, c1900, (1903). Artist: Frederic Houbron

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47 images in total

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French President Emmanuel Macron vows to rebuild the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame after a major fire partially destroys the iconic Parisian landmark.

Thankfully firefighters managed to save the 850-year-old Gothic building‘s main stone structure, including its two towers but the restoration project will be immense.

We wish the teams of experts, restorers and crafts people the very best in the challenge that lies ahead of them.


Moon Landing: 50th Anniversary

Gallery added: January 3, 2019
Thumbnail image of Astronaut James Irwin (1930-1991) gives a salute on the Moon, 1971.Artist: NASA

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55 images in total

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July 20th will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Apollo 11 was the name given to the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module, Eagle, on July 20th, 1969, at 20:17 GMT.

Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21st at 02:56:15 GMT; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later.

Armstrong‘s first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast live to a worldwide TV audience of more 530 million. He described the event as ’one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind‘.


Leonardo: 500th Anniversary

Gallery added: January 3, 2019
Thumbnail image of 'Portrait of Mona Lisa' (detail), 1503-1506. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

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78 images in total

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2nd May will mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

The great Italian polymath defined the Renaissance with wide ranging interests including: invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture he is also widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter, and tank he is the epitome of the Renaissance humanist ideal.


Queen Victoria: 200th Anniversary

Gallery added: January 3, 2019
Thumbnail image of 'Queen Victoria at Osborne House', 1865 (1906). Artist: Unknown.

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96 images in total

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4th May sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.

Coming to the throne at just 18, her reign of 63 years and seven months was longer than that of any of her predecessors. The last British Monarch of the House of Hanover oversaw a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, seeing a great expansion of the British Empire.

Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840. Their nine children married into royal houses of Europe earning her the name ‘the grandmother of Europe’. After Albert‘s death in 1861, Victoria plunged into deep mourning adopting the iconic black mourning clothes that she would wear for the rest of her life.


Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Gallery added: November 2, 2018
Thumbnail image of The magnificent schooners 'Germania' and 'Waterwitch', 1911. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes.

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105 images in total

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A selection of beautiful marine photographs by Kirk & Sons of Cowes charting the history of yachting from the late 19th century to the 1930s. Enjoying royal patronage, Kirk & Sons captured a bygone age of the sport; the sport of royalty, the rich and the privileged. Their maritime subjects included sailing yachts, steam yachts, early flying boats, power boats, warships and liners, as well as remarkable portraiture of the British Royal Family and other European royalty.


WWI Collection

Gallery added: August 23, 2018
Thumbnail image of A 37mm gun, c1914-c1918. Artist: Unknown.

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121 images in total

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In the year that sees the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we are honoured to have had the pleasure of restoring, cataloguing and researching a unique photographic document of the period.

This unique and hidden record of the First World War was discovered at auction by passionate collector Sheldon Marshall. Heritage Images have painstakingly restored and researched this iconic collection allowing it to be viewed in its entirety for the first time. Extensively researched and translated from its original French captioning, the collection sheds new light on the lives of the everyday soldier and the dramatic and tragic events which took place between 1914 and 1918.

Lasting from 28th July 1914 to 11th November 1918, World War I saw over nine million combatants and seven million civilians die.

At 11am on the 11th November 1918, ‘the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’, a ceasefire came into effect that would end of one of deadliest conflicts in history.


Alan John Ainsworth

Gallery added: May 15, 2018
Thumbnail image of Gregory Porter, 2013. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth.

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69 images in total

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It is a great pleasure to welcome our newest content partner, Alan John Ainsworth.

Alan‘s effortlessly stylish images capture the passion, urgency and energy of the live performance.

Delightfully capturing the performer in the moment, Alan‘s images engage the viewer by evoking the mood of the live jazz venue.

With enviable access to some of the worlds most talented artists Alan‘s images read as a Who‘s Who of the jazz world.


Royal Wedding

Gallery added: March 23, 2018
Thumbnail image of The Marriage of the Prince of Wales, 1863 (1906). Artist: Unknown.

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32 images in total

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With the wedding of Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry) and Meghan Markle to be held on Saturday 19th May, we take the opportunity to look at Royal Weddings past.


Bayeux Tapestry

Gallery added: January 17, 2018
Thumbnail image of Edward The Confessor, Anglo-Saxon king of England, 1070s. Artist: Unknown

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31 images in total

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With the exciting news that the Bayeux tapestry is set to be displayed in England for the first time in 950 years, we take the opportunity to take a look at this great work of art and the events of 1066 that inspired it.


The Coronation

Gallery added: January 12, 2018
Thumbnail image of 'Regalia of Charles II', 1670s. Artist: Unknown

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77 images in total

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In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II‘s coronation, we look at Queen Elizabeth‘s own coronation on 2nd June 1953 and the coronations of some of the monarchs that proceeded her.

‘The Coronation’ will air on BBC One at 20:00 on Sunday 14 January, 2018.


Ashmolean

Gallery added: December 20, 2017
Thumbnail image of Woodblock print - Yoshiwara (Hidari Fuji), 19th century. Creator: Ando Hiroshige.

2669051 - Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology/Heritage Images

124 images in total

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We take great pride in announcing our newest content partner, the Asmolean! Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is the University of Oxford‘s museum of art and archaeology. Their world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.

From Henry VIII‘s hunting gloves to Guy Fawkes‘ Lantern, from Oliver Cromwell‘s death mask to magnificent studies by Raphael, the content of the Ashmolean makes it deservedly one of the greatest academic institutions.


Vote 100

Gallery added: August 3, 2017
Thumbnail image of Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst, Waterloo Station, London, 1911. Artist: Unknown

1192427 - © Museum of London/Heritage-Images

106 images in total

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2018 sees the culmination of the Vote 100 project which is a Parliamentary project to mark the following upcoming anniversaries:

  • February 2018 - 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time;
  • April 2018 - 60th anniversary of the Life Peerages Act 1958, which allowed women to sit in the House of Lords;
  • July 2018 - 90th anniversary of the Equal Franchise Act 1928, which gave women the right to vote at age 21 on the same terms as men;
  • October 2018 - 60th anniversary of women sitting in the House of Lords for the first time;
  • November 2018 - 100th anniversary of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, allowing women to stand for election to the House of Commons;
  • December 2018 - 100th anniversary of all men and some women voting for the first time, in the general election of December 1918.


World War I 100th Anniversary

Gallery added: August 3, 2017
Thumbnail image of An evening in the reserve trenches at Beaumont Hamel, France, World War I, 1914-1918.  Artist: Realistic Travels Publishers.

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65 images in total

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2018 sees the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Lasting from 28th July 1914 to 11th November 1918, World War I saw over nine million combatants and seven million civilians die.

At 11am on the 11th November 1918, "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month", a ceasefire came into effect that would end of one of deadliest conflicts in history.


Martin Luther

Gallery added: June 20, 2017
Thumbnail image of The Luther Shrine, triptych, 1572. Artist: Thiem, Veit (?-ca 1574)

2609389 - © Fine Art Images/Heritage Images

23 images in total

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It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther is celebrated as the theologian whose writings inspired the Protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther (1483–1546), the German professor of theology, composer, priest and seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.


National Motor Museum

Gallery added: October 3, 2016
Thumbnail image of 1939 Delahaye Speciale Type 135 MS Artist: Unknown.

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141 images in total

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Heritage Images is proud to continue its long partnership with the National Motor Museum with the magnificent addition of the Brunell Collection.

This unique collection of 5,000 images, taken mainly on glass plates, provides an astonishing insight into British motorsport in the 1920s and 1930s.

These seminal works have undergone extensive preservation, documentation and digitisation work and are a testament to the artistry of photographer and racing driver WJ (Bill) Brunell.

Our gallery takes a look at this exciting new addition alongside some of the other works we already hold from the national Motor Museum, illustrating the history of motoring from the earliest steam cars of the 19th century to contemporary models of today.


Edward VIII

Gallery added: September 30, 2016
Thumbnail image of Duke and Duchess of Windsor, c1938. Artist: Unknown

1151195 - Ann Ronan Picture Library/Heritage-Images

70 images in total

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11th Dec 2016 will mark 80 years since King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom abdicated to marry the divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. This famously led to his younger brother, the Duke of York, becoming King George VI.

Edward (1894-1972) succeeded his father George V to the throne as King Edward VIII in 1936. He only ruled from 20th January 1936 until 11th December 1936, and abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson thus heading off an impending constitutional crisis.


Jazz Prints for your Home

Gallery added: April 30, 2015
Thumbnail image of Woody Shaw, Bass Clef, London, 1987.

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50 images in total

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An exclusive range of framed and unframed prints, canvases and posters from the National Jazz Archive and Images of Jazz collections is now available.

Both collections are photographically stunning and capture the excitement and atmosphere of the live performance, the charming informality of off-stage moments and the intensity of the creative process with equal ease and style.

The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day and includes the photographic work of the brilliant Denis Williams. His photography, dating from the 1950s, represents a golden age of the popularity of jazz.

The Images of Jazz collection represents the photography of the outstanding Brian O’Connor and portrays a unique record of jazz in the Capital and the South-East from the 1970s to the present day.


Nimrud

Gallery added: March 6, 2015
Thumbnail image of 'The Palaces of Nimrud Restored', 1853. Artist: Unknown

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49 images in total

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As concern grows for the fate of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, which is widely believed to have been demolished, we take the opportunity to look at the stunning site and its astonishing artifacts.

National Museum of Wales

Gallery added: March 2, 2015
Thumbnail image of 'David, 1st Earl Lloyd George', (1863-1945), 1935. Artist: Sir John Lavery.

2621155 - © National Museum of Wales/Heritage-Images

101 images in total

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Heritage Images is pleased to announce its representation of the National Museum of Wales.

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales has seven museums across Wales with collections encompassing fine art, natural sciences, social and industrial history. The art collection at National Museum Cardiff is one of Europe’s finest encompassing five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, ceramics and silverware from Wales and across the world. Works range from van de Capelle’s Dutch masterpiece A Calm through to works by Canaletto, Constable, Turner, the pre-Raphaelites and Gwen John. National Museum Cardiff has one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Post Impressionist works outside Paris, including major works by Monet, Cezanne, Renoir and van Gogh.


All That Jazz

Gallery added: February 2, 2015
Thumbnail image of Legendary jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Sidney Bechet at Colston Hall, Bristol, 1956. Artist: Denis Williams

2620252 - National Jazz Archive/Heritage-Images

90 images in total

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Heritage Images is thrilled to announce its representation of the National Jazz Archive and Images of Jazz collections. These seminal collections of jazz photography are being made available together for the first time through the Heritage Images’ platform.

The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day and includes the photographic work of the brilliant Denis Williams. The Images of Jazz collection represents the photography of the outstanding Brian O’Connor and is bought to you by Jazz Services, the UK’s foremost charitable support organisation for jazz music, in partnership with the National Jazz Archive.

Both collections are photographically stunning and capture the excitement and atmosphere of the live performance, the charming informality of off-stage moments and the intensity of the creative process with equal ease and style.

Featuring amongst others such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck and Buddy Rich, Heritage Images is delighted to also be able to offer many of these extraordinary photographs as framed prints and canvases.


Winston Churchill

Gallery added: November 18, 2014
Thumbnail image of Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942. Artist: Unknown

2612268 - The Print Collector/Heritage Images

71 images in total

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2015 is a year of many anniversaries for the former U.K Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Not only is it the 50th anniversary of his death but the 75th anniversary of his first becoming Prime Minister, and the 75th anniversary of his ‘Finest Hour’ at the Battle of Britain.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874-1965) was twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century.

Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough a branch of the Spencer family and his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was also a charismatic politician. Prior to his celebrated leadership during the Second World War Churchill had seen action as a young army officer, in the Sudan and the Second Boer War. He also gained fame as a war correspondent and wrote eminent books about his campaigns.

We are proud of our comprehensive collection of Churchillian imagery at Heritage Images and we invite you to browse a small selection of our considerable archive in our specially created gallery.


History of Cuba

Gallery added: September 19, 2014
Thumbnail image of Tourists wathcing a boy playing a ukelele, Havana, Cuba, 1931. Artist: Unknown

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119 images in total

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Heritage Images, through our content partner The Print Collector, is thrilled to announce the representation of an extremely rare, pre revolution, collection of historic Cuban images.

We have painstakingly restored and researched, what we believe to be the most comprehensive visual archive on Cuban history available on the internet today.

This fascinating and rapidly growing collection records the turbulent and captivating history of this the largest island in the Caribbean.

We are pleased to be able to offer this collection not only for editorial usage but also for decorative framed and canvas prints.

This gallery is just a selection from our comprehensive Cuban collection


Tour de France

Gallery added: July 7, 2014
Thumbnail image of Edmond Jacquelin, French cycling champion, 1902. Artist: Unknown

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33 images in total

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This year’s Tour de France has caused great excitement as it has made it’s way through England. As La Tour heads back to the continent for the next stages we have taken the opportunity to create a gallery tracing the history of pedal power.


Ming

Gallery added: July 3, 2014
Thumbnail image of Ewer with flying sea-dragons, Ming dynasty, China, 1550-1575. Artist: Unknown

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54 images in total

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The next major exhibition at The British Museum will be ‘Ming: 50 Years That Changed China’. Beginning 18th September this blockbuster has inspired us to create a gallery of our own fantastic Ming Dynasty pieces.


Football

Gallery added: May 12, 2014
Thumbnail image of Arsenal footballer Alex James passes three Manchester City players, c1929-c1937. Artist: Graphic Photo Union

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59 images in total

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As the 2014 World Cup close approaches we thought we would get you in the mood for Brazil 2014 with a gallery of all things football. Enjoy!


Marie Curie

Gallery added: April 10, 2014
Thumbnail image of Marie Curie, Polish-born French physicist, c1920.  Artist: Anon

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60 images in total

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On July 4th it will be the 80th anniversary of the death of physicist and chemist, Marie Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934). The first women to be awarded a Nobel Prize, Curie’s achievements are astonishing. As well as coining the term radioactivity she discovered two elements polonium and radium.

This icon of the scientific world was voted ‘most inspirational woman in science’ in a 2009 poll carried out by New Scientist. We pay tribute to her achievements in our gallery.


The Past in Colour

Gallery added: April 7, 2014
Thumbnail image of Charles Darwin, British naturalist, 1878. Artist: Unknown

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29 images in total

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Our digitisation and restoration team continue to create exceptional colourised works. Have you ever wondered what Darwin, Queen Victoria or Einstein might look like if photographed in colour? Well our team have created just that! With scrupulous research and great artistry these works aim to bring the past alive and that little bit closer.


Vikings

Gallery added: February 28, 2014
Thumbnail image of Viking longships under sail. Artist: Albert Sebille

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54 images in total

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Vikings: Life and Legend is the first major exhibition on Vikings that the British Museum has held in over 30 years. The British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition showcases numerous rare objects that haven’t been seen before in the U.K and many key artefacts from their own spectacular collection.

We have taken this opportunity to create a gallery featuring our own magnificent Viking material, which is drawn from museums and galleries from across the globe.


The History of Advertising Trust

Gallery added: January 27, 2014
Thumbnail image of Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, 19th century. Artist: Unknown

2606151 - © The History of Advertising Trust Archive/Heritage-Images

46 images in total

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We are pleased to launch our new content partner the History of Advertising Trust! Over the past thirty-five years the History of Advertising Trust has amassed the largest archive of British advertising in the world, dating from 1800 to the present.

This unique collection includes posters, agency proofs, press and magazine advertisements, photographs, transparencies, original illustrations and artwork as well as TV and cinema commercials.

The material is an invaluable source of information and imagery for a variety of clients including advertising agencies, researchers, TV production companies, journalists, broadcasters, book and magazine publishers, card and calendar producers, academics and social historians.


Sir John Tenniel

Gallery added: January 27, 2014
Thumbnail image of 'A Momentous Question!', 1883. Artist: Joseph Swain

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141 images in total

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We mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir John Tenniel (28 February 1820 – 25 February 1914) with a retrospective look at the remarkable work of this prolific cartoonist and illustrator.

Knighted by Queen Victoria in 1893, Tenniel’s work is considered important to the study of 19th century social, literary and art histories.

Tenniel is most noted for two major accomplishments: he was the principal political cartoonist for England’s Punch magazine for over 50 years and he was the artist who illustrated Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.


Shakespeare

Gallery added: November 29, 2013
Thumbnail image of 'Queen Elizabeth And Shakespeare', 16th century, (c1850). Artist: Unknown

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45 images in total

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2014 sees the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. The Bard who was born in 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon is widely regarded as the world’s greatest writer.

The actual date of birth of the renowned dramatist remains unknown, but his birthday is traditionally observed on 23rd April, Saint George’s Day. In preparation for what will no doubt be a considerable celebration of his work and life during 2014 we have prepared the following gallery.

Maria Callas

Gallery added: November 6, 2013
Thumbnail image of Maria Callas in the film version of 'Medea', 1969. Artist: Unknown

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13 images in total

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2nd December 2013 is the 90th anniversary of the birth of Maria Callas. The American-born Greek soprano was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century.

As "Opera News" wrote of her in 2006 "Nearly thirty years after her death, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists."

Van Gogh

Gallery added: November 6, 2013
Thumbnail image of Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889. Artist: Gogh, Vincent, van (1853-1890)

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52 images in total

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It was on 23rd December 1888, some 125 years ago, that Vincent van Gogh infamously cut off part of his left ear. The incident took place in a fit of depression after a quarrel with French artist Paul Gaugin. The Dutch post-impressionist painter’s influence on 20th century art is a significant one.

Beethoven

Gallery added: November 6, 2013
Thumbnail image of Ludwig van Beethoven and his friends, (1770-1827), German composer, 1909. Artist: Unknown

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18 images in total

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On 8th December it will be 200 years since the first performance of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. At its premiere, Beethoven was noted as remarking that it was one of his best works. The second movement Allegetto proved so popular that it is often performed as a separate piece.

Munch

Gallery added: November 6, 2013
Thumbnail image of 'Evening on Karl Johan', 1892. Artist: Edvard Munch

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29 images in total

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12th December is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch. The Norwegian painter and print maker greatly influenced the German Expressionist movement.

On 2nd May 2012 a version of Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) more commonly known as The Scream broke the record for the most expensive painting when it sold at auction for US$119,922,500!

World War I

Gallery added: August 8, 2013
Thumbnail image of Poppy Fields, Great Bookham, Surrey, England, c2000.

2331967 - Peter Thompson/Heritage Images

121 images in total

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In August 2014 the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The conflict, which ran from 1914 to 1918, resulted in the tragic deaths of over 16 million soldiers and civilians. As Maclean’s Magazine said in October 1914 ‘Some wars name themselves. This is the Great War.’

Taylor & Burton

Gallery added: June 19, 2013
Thumbnail image of Richard Burton (1924-1985) and Elizabeth Taylor (1932- ), British actors, 1972. Artist: Unknown

1198391 - From the Jewish Chronicle Archive/Heritage Images

19 images in total

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To celebrate the up-and-coming BBC 4 biopic of ‘Burton & Taylor’ we have put together a collection of images on Hollywood‘s most tempestuous couple. The drama, written by William Ivory and directed by Richard Laxton, focuses on the final reunion of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of a 1983 stage revival of Noel Coward‘s Private Lives.

CM Dixon

Gallery added: April 18, 2013
Thumbnail image of Terracotta group of 'knucklebone' (astragalos) players, Hellenistic Greek, c330-c300 BC. Artist: Unknown

2580138 - © CM Dixon/Heritage Images

100 images in total

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Painstakingly restored, captioned and keyworded one of the great archives of antiquities is now available, digitally and exclusively through Heritage Images. The CM Dixon collection consists of over 10,000 images specialising in ancient civilisations, archaeology and art, especially Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Greek, Roman, Scythian, Celtic, Byzantine, Viking, Egyptian and Mesopotamian. It also contains images of ethnology, mythology, world religion and museum objects, agriculture, architecture, geography, geology, meteorology, mountains, occupations, scenic, travel, people and places in most of Europe, including the former Soviet Union, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iceland, Jordan, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Turkey.

Margaret Thatcher

Gallery added: April 8, 2013
Thumbnail image of Margaret Thatcher leaving Buckingham Palace after being received by the Queen, 4th May 1979. Artist: Unknown

1651959 - Keystone Archives/Heritage Images

147 images in total

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Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013)

Known as the ‘Iron Lady’ she was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office.

Famously contentious, her tenure saw the privatisation of state utilities, the Falklands War, the Miners Strike and Poll Tax riots.

She will be accorded a ceremonial funeral with full military honours at St. Paul’s Cathedral on the 17th April 2013.

St Francis of Assisi

Gallery added: March 14, 2013
Thumbnail image of 'The Ecstasy of St Francis', 1437-1444. Artist: Sassetta

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25 images in total

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As 76-year-old Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis, we take a look at his namesake St. Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis will be the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion baptised Catholics and will become the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff. He succeeds Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI after he recently resigned.

Richard III

Gallery added: February 4, 2013
Thumbnail image of Illustration of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, 19th century. Artist: James William Edmund Doyle

2605279 - © CM Dixon/Heritage Images

21 images in total

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The astonishing discovery of Richard III under a car park in Leicester has caused waves of excitement across the archaeological world. His remains lost since the 16th century, Richard was the last English King to die in Battle and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty.

Over the centuries the King who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field has been much written about and mythologised, probably most famously by Shakespeare in his eponymous play. Richard III remains to this day a contentious and enigmatic figure.

We have celebrated the discovery of Richard with a newly commissioned portrait. After much research and with new information coming from the dig in Leicester, we truly believe that this is the most accurate painting of the former King to date.


The Beatles

Gallery added: January 30, 2013
Thumbnail image of Outside Buckingham Palace when the Beatles received their MBEs, London, 26 October 1965. Artist: Unknown

2492460 - Keystone Archives/Heritage Images

11 images in total

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Greenwich

Gallery added: January 30, 2013
Thumbnail image of Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1937. Artist: Unknown

1627076 - The Print Collector/Heritage Images

13 images in total

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George Washington

Gallery added: January 30, 2013
Thumbnail image of George Washington at the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, 1781 (c1880). Artist: Unknown

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18 images in total

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Royal Baby

Gallery added: January 14, 2013
Thumbnail image of Princess Anne's christening, Buckingham Palace, 1950. Artist: Unknown

2322789 - Keystone Archives/Heritage Images

53 images in total

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The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. With the imminent patter of tiny royal feet we take the opportunity to look at Royal babies of years gone by.

Tutankhamen

Gallery added: January 8, 2013
Thumbnail image of Pectoral jewel from the tomb of Tutankhamun, Ancient Egyptian, c1325 BC. Artist: Unknown

1157330 - Ann Ronan Picture Library/Heritage-Images

60 images in total

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It is 90 years since Howard Carter opened the sealed doorway to the burial chamber of the boy King, Tutankhamun. The 18th dynasty pharaoh lay undisturbed from his death in circa 1323 BC until the 16th February 1923.

The treasures that were to greet Howard Carter were to astound the world. Untouched for over 3,000 years, Carter had unearthed the greatest collection of Egyptian antiques ever seen.

Here’s a glimpse of what Howard Carter discovered and his story.

JFK

Gallery added: January 7, 2013
Thumbnail image of John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), thirty-fifth president of the United States of America, c1960s. Artist: Unknown

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60 images in total

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On November 22nd 2013 it will be 50 years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy (JFK). The 35th President of the United States was cut down in his prime in Dallas, Texas, by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Famous for, amongst other things, his stance on civil liberties and overseeing the start of the Space Race, President Kennedy’s death was met by a worldwide outpouring of grief.

Here we take a look at his all to brief but remarkable career.

Made in Britain

Gallery added: March 7, 2012
Thumbnail image of City gents sheltering under umbrellas in the rain, London, 1965. Artist: Unknown

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63 images in total

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With Her Majesties Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics there is much to be proud of in Britain this year.

We’ve tried to capture the essence of what it is to be British in one lightbox. Britain is many things to many people and here at Heritage Images we have tried to distil the very essence of what it is to be British from our vast archives.

From great icons such as Winston Churchill and John Lennon to things that are quintessentially English such as cricket on the village green and afternoon tea, we think we have covered it all.

Coronation Anniversary

Gallery added: March 1, 2012
Thumbnail image of Queen Elizabeth (b1926) in the White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace, London, 1967. Artist: Unknown

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56 images in total

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2nd June 2013 sees the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II; an international celebration, marking the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign.

Having come to the throne on 6 February 1952 here we look at the life and reign of our second longest reigning monarch.

2012 Olympics

Gallery added: November 22, 2011
Thumbnail image of Poster for the 1936 Olympic Games, Berlin, 1936. Artist: Unknown

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27 images in total

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It would be difficult to have missed the fact that this year is a big one for London and the U.K, as we hold the 2012 Olympics, starting on 27th July. By the time the games close on 12th August some 205 nations will have competed in 300 events.

London is of course used to welcoming the world, this being our third Olympic games. The following gallery not only shows past London Olympics but other Olympiads from across the years and across the globe. We look forward to seeing you here!

Liz Taylor

Gallery added: March 23, 2011
Thumbnail image of Film promo for Elephant Walk, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews and Peter Finch, 1954. Artist: Unknown

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10 images in total

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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was an English-born American actress. Dame Elizabeth started in Hollywood as a child star and became one of the giants of the big screen. Not only a talented actress she also became famous for her glamour and beauty. Her private life was much publicized, which included eight marriages and decades spent as a social activist, championing the cause of AIDS awareness. Taylor, a two-time winner of the Academy Awards for Best Actress, was considered one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Titanic

Gallery added: November 29, 2010
Thumbnail image of White Star Line. Titanic & Olympic, c. 1910. Artist: Anonymous

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18 images in total

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American Civil War

Gallery added: November 25, 2010
Thumbnail image of William Tecumseh Sherman and his Generals, American Civil War, 1865 (1955). Artist: Unknown

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51 images in total

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Royal Wedding

Gallery added: November 17, 2010
Thumbnail image of Royal Family, wedding of Duke of Kent and Katherine Worsley, 1961. Artist: Unknown

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58 images in total

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With the announcement of the engagement of Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton we thought we would take the opportunity to look at Royal weddings gone by. We’ve also included some images of past King Williams and Queen Catherines so the future King William V and his Queen consort Catherine can get a few tips. For those of you who want to familiarise yourself with the locations like Westminster Abbey and objects such as the gold State Coach, we've included those too.

Cleopatra

Gallery added: June 17, 2010
Thumbnail image of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, (1804).Artist: J Chapman

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22 images in total

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Cleopatra VII died 2040 years ago on August 12, 30 BC. Cleopatra has come to sybolise many things: the powerful leader, captivating beauty, the femme fatale. To this day her legacy survives in numerous works of art in many media. We celebrate the iconic pharaoh with this gallery.

Florence Nightingale

Gallery added: June 17, 2010
Thumbnail image of Florence Nightingale, 1870. Artist: Unknown

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23 images in total

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Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) came to prominence during the Crimean War for her pioneering work in nursing. Nightingale laid the foundation stone of professional nursing with the principles summarised in the book Notes on Nursing. 100 years on from her death we look at her influential life.

Neil Armstrong

Gallery added: June 17, 2010
Thumbnail image of US Astronaut Bruce McCandless spacewalking, 1984. Artist: Unknown

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55 images in total

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August 5th will see Neil Alden Armstrong celebrating his 80th birthday. Just 38 when he uttered the legendary words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." The first man to walk on the moons birthday gives us the perfect excuse to look at space exploration through the ages.

Rolls-Royce

Gallery added: May 26, 2010
Thumbnail image of Rolls-Royce enclosed drive landaulette with partition behind the driver, c1910-1929(?). Artist: Unknown

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30 images in total

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12th July marks 100 years since the death of British great Charles Stewart Rolls. As well as being the co-founder of Rolls-Royce, Charles Rolls was also the person to fly across the English Channel and back non-stop. The above gallery looks at the stylish legacy Charles left behind.

World Cup

Gallery added: May 26, 2010
Thumbnail image of Queen Elizabeth II shaking hands with England footballer George Cohen, World Cup, Wembley, 1966. Artist: Unknown

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24 images in total

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The month ahead is certainly a treat for sports fans, as we enjoy not only Wimbledon but also the World Cup. 13th July marks the 80th anniversary of the very first World Cup, which was held in Uruguay. If you are inspired by our World Cup lightbox why not go to www.heritage-prints.com where you can purchase from a wide range of sporting prints.

Wimbledon

Gallery added: May 26, 2010
Thumbnail image of Four men on a tennis court, 1920s. Artist: Unknown

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25 images in total

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Strawberries and cream, Pimms, the smell of freshly mown grass, it must mean that most quintessential of English sporting events, Wimbledon, is nearly upon us. To celebrate the racket wielding heroes of summers past we've created the above gallery.

Father's Day

Gallery added: April 21, 2010
Thumbnail image of 'Part of Cricket', 1903. Artist: Pierre Mac Orlan

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53 images in total

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Robert F. Scott

Gallery added: April 21, 2010
Thumbnail image of Robert Falcon Scott, CVO (1868-1912), Royal Navy officer and explorer, 1916. Artist: Unknown

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22 images in total

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Charles Dickens

Gallery added: April 20, 2010
Thumbnail image of Charles Dickens, 19th century English novelist. Artist: Unknown

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55 images in total

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UK Election 2010

Gallery added: March 31, 2010
Thumbnail image of Margaret Thatcher outside a polling station, referendum day, 5th June 1975. Artist: Unknown

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60 images in total

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And they're off! The month ahead will see all UK political parties vying for the chance to step over the threshold of 'Number 10' on May 7th. As the manic campaigning starts in earnest we think it the perfect time to reflect on parliament past and present.

Churchill

Gallery added: March 17, 2010
Thumbnail image of Winston Churchill's horse 'Colonist II' wins the Lime Tree Stakes at Windsor, 1949. Artist: Unknown

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34 images in total

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New York

Gallery added: March 17, 2010
Thumbnail image of Looking southeast from the RCA Building, New York City, New York, USA, 1956. Artist: Unknown

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57 images in total

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Stamps

Gallery added: March 16, 2010
Thumbnail image of Staff sorting letters at the Post Office, Mount Pleasant, London, 20th century. Artist: Unknown

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31 images in total

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Spring

Gallery added: March 2, 2010
Thumbnail image of The walk to school, 1924.  Artist: Fritz Kock-Gotha

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24 images in total

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Shakespeare Day

Gallery added: February 17, 2010
Thumbnail image of William Shakespeare's house, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, late 19th century. Artist: John L Stoddard

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61 images in total

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The brainchild of Robert J Williamson, Artistic Director of the British Shakespeare Company, 23rd April is Shakespeare Day. Shakespeare was born on 23rd April 1564 and died on the 23rd April 1616, so the 23rd April seemed the perfect date to celebrate the works of the Great Bard.

Hitchcock

Gallery added: February 17, 2010
Thumbnail image of Scene from 'The Birds', by Alfred Hitchcock, 1963.

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42 images in total

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Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE(13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) legendary English filmmaker, producer and master of suspense. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. He remains one of the most popular and recognised filmmakers, and his works still enthral us today.

St. Georges Day

Gallery added: February 17, 2010
Thumbnail image of Pearly king and queen in high spirits, London, 1926-1927. Artist: Unknown

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55 images in total

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April 23rd is certainly a day for great English icons, as we celebrate St. George's Day. Here we take the opportunity to look at the Patron Saint of England and all things English.

Alice in Wonderland

Gallery added: February 16, 2010
Thumbnail image of Scene from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865. Artist: John Tenniel

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26 images in total

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March 5th, 2010 sees the release of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The below gallery contains everything the biggest Lewis Carroll fan could want, including Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript and the definitive illustrations of John Tenniel.

International Womens Day

Gallery added: January 28, 2010
Thumbnail image of Florence Nightingale, English nurse and hospital reformer, 1854. Artist: Unknown

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52 images in total

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8th March sees International Women’s Day. Here we look at a selection of images of women who have made their mark in areas such as science, literature, politics and the arts.

Mothers Day

Gallery added: January 28, 2010
Thumbnail image of Kitchen illustration, 1950s. Artist: Unknown

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There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. ~ Chinese Proverb

Alessandro Botticelli

Gallery added: January 8, 2010
Thumbnail image of 'The Birth of Venus' (detail), c1485. Artist: Sandro Botticelli

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23 images in total

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500 years on from the death of Alessandro Botticelli (1445 – May 17, 1510) we look at the work of the Early Renaissance Master.

Florence Nightingale

Gallery added: January 7, 2010
Thumbnail image of Florence Nightingale in the barrack hospital at Scutari, c1880. Artist: Unknown

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27 images in total

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Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) came to prominence during the Crimean War for her pioneering work in nursing. Nightingale laid the foundation stone of professional nursing with the principles summarised in the book Notes on Nursing. 100 years on from her death we look at her influential life.

Edward VII

Gallery added: January 6, 2010
Thumbnail image of Edward VII in full coronation robes, 1902. Artist: Unknown

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49 images in total

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When King Edward VII died on 6th March 1910 it saw the end of a remarkable period in English history. 100 years on we look at the man who reigned over the Edwardians.

Sherlock Holmes

Gallery added: December 21, 2009
Thumbnail image of William Gillette in Sherlock Holmes, c1902. Artist: Unknown

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17 images in total

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The fictional sleuth celebrates his birthday on January 6th. Born (we are told by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle) in 1854, Holmes was the prototype for the modern detectives that we have come to know and love. The enduring nature of Holmes and Watson can be seen in many stage, screen and T.V. adaptations that are still made of the crime-fighting duo.

Guy Richie’s latest homage adds to this already lengthy list and is selling out cinemas globally.

Chinese New Year

Gallery added: December 18, 2009
Thumbnail image of Chinese rickshaw, 20th century. Artist: Unknown

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56 images in total

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The 14th is a busy day indeed, as we join in the celebrations for Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Tiger and this iconic creature features in our gallery below.

Valentine's

Gallery added: December 18, 2009
Thumbnail image of 'Kissing Day', Hungerford, Berkshire, c1900s(?). Artist: Unknown

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29 images in total

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Love will be in the air on the 14th of February and to celebrate the following gallery shows how generation have chosen to display their love for that special someone. Don't forget many of these rare pictures are available to purchase at www.heritageprint.com A truly original gift for your Valentine!

Thomas Edison

Gallery added: November 17, 2009
Thumbnail image of Edison's carbon filament lamp, 1880. Artist: Unknown

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27 images in total

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December 31, 1879, Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) demonstrates his practical incandescent light. In the first public display of his incandescent lightbulb, American inventor Thomas Alva Edison lights up a street in Menlo Park, New Jersey. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company ran special trains to Menlo Park on the day of the demonstration in response to public demand over the event.

Gladstone

Gallery added: November 17, 2009
Thumbnail image of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British Liberal Statesman, c1880. Artist: Unknown

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30 images in total

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This month marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain’s greatest statesman William Ewart Gladstone (29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898) Gladstone was a British Liberal Party statesman and four times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1868–74, 1880–85, 1886 and 1892–94). In between his impressive stint as PM he also managed to add Chancellor of the Exchequer to his C.V.

Remembrance Day

Gallery added: November 6, 2009
Thumbnail image of Wreaths at the Chapel, Whitehall, London. Artist: Bill Forbes

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47 images in total

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Christmas

Gallery added: November 2, 2009
Thumbnail image of Cover for the Christmas issue of the magazine 'La Vie au Grand Air', 1904. Artist: Unknown

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68 images in total

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"Happy, Happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!"
Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836

Guy Fawkes

Gallery added: October 23, 2009
Thumbnail image of Arrest of Guy Fawkes in cellars of Parliament, 1605 (19th century). Artist: Unknown

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17 images in total

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Billy the Kid

Gallery added: October 7, 2009
Thumbnail image of Jesse James, American outlaw, c1869-1882 (1954). Artist: Unknown

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37 images in total

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Thanksgiving

Gallery added: October 7, 2009
Thumbnail image of Here's General Electric's Compact Spacemaker oven, USA, 1955. Artist: Unknown

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27 images in total

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Darwin

Gallery added: October 7, 2009
Thumbnail image of Charles Darwin, British naturalist, 1878. Artist: Unknown

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40 images in total

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On Thursday 12 February 2009, we celebrated 200 years since Charles Darwin, one of the world‘s most creative and influential thinkers, was born. Here we present a selection of images highlighting key places and events from his remarkable career.

Moulin Rouge

Gallery added: September 11, 2009
Thumbnail image of The Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1931. Artist: Ernest Flammarion

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44 images in total

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6th October 2009 sees the 120th anniversary of the most famous cabaret in the world, the Moulin Rouge. This gallery not only gives us a glimpses of the Moulin Rouge, past and present, but also a sneaky peek at Parisian bohemia and style.

Police

Gallery added: August 28, 2009
Thumbnail image of An informal portrait of a traffic policeman standing in the road, City of London, c1946-c1959. Artist: John Gay

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41 images in total

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September 29, 1829 the then British Home Secretary, Robert Peel, founded the Metropolitan Police of Greater London. Our gallery shows the evolution of the ‘Boys in Blue’ and takes a look at some of the notorious crimes they have investigated.

WWII

Gallery added: August 28, 2009
Thumbnail image of Rescue workers releasing a man from a bomb damaged building, World War II, 1940. Artist: Unknown

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42 images in total

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The following gallery commemorates the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II on September 1, 1939. We hope the pictures below show the stoicism, strength, resourcefulness and ingenuity of all of the men and women involved in the struggle for peace.

Back to School

Gallery added: August 27, 2009
Thumbnail image of The Leave Taking, story by Terry Morris, 1949. Artist: Unknown

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23 images in total

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The day is near that generations of children (and teachers) have dreaded. The first day back to school after the long summer break. It may be of some consolation that it would appear, from our sample of images below, there really did used to be something to fear.

Teddy Kennedy

Gallery added: August 27, 2009
Thumbnail image of Senator Edward Kennedy (b1932), c1970s. Artist: Unknown

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31 images in total

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August 25th, 2009 the world mourned the passing of one of America’s greatest Congressmen, Edward Moore ‘Ted’ Kennedy. The third longest serving senator in U.S history, he was in office from November 1962, serving nine terms in the Senate. His support of progressive causes and bills saw him christened ‘The Lion of the State’. Here we focus not only on the full life of Edward Kennedy but also look back at the impact of the Kennedy family.

Brunel

Gallery added: August 11, 2009
Thumbnail image of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857. Artist: Robert Howlett

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23 images in total

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When Isambard Kingdom Brunel died 150 years ago on September 15, 1859, the world lost one of its truly great engineering masters. Here we look at some of Brunel’s great designs, ideas and innovations.

Moon

Gallery added: June 23, 2009
Thumbnail image of Edwin Buzz Aldrin descends the steps of the Lunar Module ladder to walk on the Moon, 1969.Artist: NASA

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43 images in total

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To celebrate the first moon landing by NASA on July 20th 1969 and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, we illustrate space exploration through the ages:

Prince Charles

Gallery added: June 16, 2009
Thumbnail image of Princess Elizabeth and a two year old Prince Charles wave from Buckingham Palace, 1950. Artist: Unknown

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14 images in total

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On 1 July 1969 Prince Charles was officially invested as the Prince of Wales. The service from Carnarvon Castle, which saw Charles crowned by his Mother Queen Elizabeth II, was watched by millions across the world as it was broadcast live. Forty years on Charles is now the oldest man to hold the title of Prince of Wales and is the oldest heir apparent in Commonwealth realms’ history.

Hong Kong

Gallery added: June 16, 2009
Thumbnail image of Victoria City, or the City of Victoria, Hong Kong, c1920s-c1930s. Artist: Unknown

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8 images in total

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1 July 1997 marked the handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China. The 99-year lease, which Britain had secured in 1898, was at an end. This historic occasion was celebrated with an elaborate handover ceremony presided over by the last Commander in Chief and British Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten.

Westminster

Gallery added: May 21, 2009
Thumbnail image of 'The Palace of Westminster', 1892. Artist: George Vicat Cole

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35 images in total

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The Palace of Westminster and its occupants are seldom out of the headlines. Here is a small sample of related images from our vast political archives. Don’t forget searches at Heritage Images come at no expense!