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The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 10

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Birds, Children, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Music, Religion, Sport, The Illustrated Times, Travel, Wildlife on Sunday, 15 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows children bird catching.

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Bird-Catching by W Hemsley

The second picture shows the rarely seen Pontifical Choristers of the Sistine Chapel.

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Pontifical Choristers of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter's, Rome

The third picture shows Indians going to the Race Course.

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The Turf in India, the Road to the Course by G F Atkinson

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 98

Posted in Artist, Best pictures, Birds, Children, Education, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Maps, Politics, Scotland, The Graphic, Wildlife on Saturday, 14 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows four schoolgirls pondering on a problem.

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Free Education, a Difficult Problem by Paul Renouard

The second picture shows an artist sketching an eagle’s nest.

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Sketching an Eagle's Nest in the Highlands, a Visit Momentarily expected by Sydney P Hall

The third picture shows a map of the British Empire in 1888.

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Imperial Federation – map of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886. Statistical information furnished by Captain J. C. R. Colomb, MP, formerly RMA – British territories coloured in red by Walter Crane (after)

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Graphic’ (London 1870-1902) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 48

Posted in Best pictures, Birds, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Law, London, Nature, Sinners, The Graphic, Travel on Wednesday, 11 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows a traveller taking eggs from an eagle’s nest.

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Mr F C Selous's Travels in Asia Minor, taking Eggs from an Eagle's Nest by Frank Dadd

The second picture shows a view from the Dome of St Paul’s Cathedral.

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From the Dome of St Paul's Cathedral, looking Southwards by Paul Renouard

The third picture shows convict life in Wormwood Scrubs.

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Convict life in Wormwood Scrubs Prison, a labour of love – a well-behaved convict who keep the handcuffs bright by Paul Renouard

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Graphic’ (London 1870-1902) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 29

Posted in Best pictures, Birds, Children, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Railways, Sport, The Graphic, Transport, Travel on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows a young boy at the barber’s.

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His First Visit to the Barber's, "Hard or Medium, Sir?" by R Barnes

The second picture shows a carriage on the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway.

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New Saloon Carriage on the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway

The third picture shows a tennis party under attack.

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Unwelcome Visitors, Crows at a Tennis Party in India by R Barnes

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Graphic’ (London 1870-1902) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of Swan-Upping on the Thames

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Birds, British Countryside, Customs, Historical articles, History, Oddities, Rivers, Royalty on Monday, 19 October 2015

The best pictures of swan-upping on the Thames are striking images of an ancient Royal ceremony.
The first picture shows swan-upping on the Thames above Windsor.

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Swan-Upping on the Thames above Windsor by William Small

The second picture shows swan-upping.

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Marking swans on the river Thames by Dan Escott

The third picture shows a photograph of the swans being marked.

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Swan-upping on the Thames, "Nicking" or Marking

Many more pictures of the River Thames can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of Sinbad being carried by the Giant Roc

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Birds, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature on Thursday, 15 October 2015

The best pictures of Sinbad and the Giant Roc are striking images from the adventures of the legendary figure.
The first picture shows the bird taking flight.

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Sinbad and the Giant Roc by Nadir Quinto

The second picture shows Sinbad clinging to its claws.

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Sinbad and the Giant Roc

The third picture shows Sinbad’s perilous descent underway.

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Sinbad's descent from the Giant Roc by Nadir Quinto

Many more pictures of legends can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of early musical notation

Posted in Best pictures, Birds, Historical articles, History, Music, Religion on Sunday, 23 August 2015

The best pictures of early musical notation show facsimiles of pages from precious English and French manuscripts.
The first picture shows the earliest and most famous example of England’s centuries-old song tradition, ‘Sumer is icumen in’ or the ‘Cuckoo song’.

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Facsimile of the old Northumbrian canon "Sumer is icumen in"

The second picture shows a French example.

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MS in the library of the medical faculty at the mediaeval University of Montpelier

The third picture shows Notker’s famous Easter Sequence, ‘Laudes Salvatori’.

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Facsimile of the first page of Notker's "Ostersequenz" Laudes Salvatori

Many more pictures of music can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of grouse and pheasant shooting

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Birds, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Royalty, Scotland, Sport on Thursday, 30 July 2015

The best pictures of game shooting show scenes on the moors and royal estates.
The first picture is a superb aquatint of grouse shooting c.1821.

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Grouse Shooting by Henry Alken

The second picture shows grouse shooting high on the moors.

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Grouse shooting by Harrison William Weir

The third picture shows the Prince of Wales at Sandringham.

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King George V as Prince of Wales, shooting at Sandringham by Harry Payne

Many more pictures of grouse can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of wild duck shooting

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Birds, British Countryside, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Sport on Thursday, 30 July 2015

The best pictures of wild duck shooting show men pursuing country sports.
The first picture is of wild duck shooting in winter.

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Wild Duck Shooting at Christmas Time by Frank Dadd (after)

The second picture shows a dramatic scene as wild duck are shot.

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Wild Duck Shoot by Wolf

The third picture shows wild duck shooting near the coast.

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Wild Duck Shooting by Douglas Stannus Gray

Many more pictures of hunting can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of Noah’s Ark

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Bible, Birds, Boats, Religion, Sea, Ships, Sinners on Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The best pictures of Noah’s Ark show Noah and his family with the animals, the dove and the rainbow.
The first picture of Noah’s Ark shows Noah, the animals and the apocalyptic sky above them.

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Noah's Ark by James E McConnell

The second picture shows the dove bringing back an olive branch to Noah on board the Ark.

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Noah and the welcome Dove by Clive Uptton

The third picture shows the rainbow placed in the sky by God after the Flood as a symbol of the Covenant between God and Mankind.

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God's Covenant with Noah is symbolised by the rainbow after the Flood

Many more pictures of Noah’s Ark can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.