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John Cabot, the man who found Canada

Posted in Discoveries, Geography, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships on Friday, 20 November 2015

This dramatic image is full of the sound and swell of the Atlantic in its depiction of John Cabot sailing on to the new found land, which he discovered in 1497. The discovery of Canada is historically eclipsed by Columbus’s earlier achievement, so this stirring image of the Matthew from Bristol reminds us of the Italian navigator Cabot’s great maritime triumph in the Age of Discovery.

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John Cabot, the man who found Canada by Ferdinando Tacconi

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Leif Ericsson, the Viking who found America

Posted in America, Boats, Discoveries, Exploration, Geography, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships on Friday, 20 November 2015

Leif Ericsson was the Viking who found America, and this picture is a stunning image of the Viking Chieftain sitting in his winged helmet at the stern of his longboat, beneath the carved head of a Nordic dragon. The North Atlantic Ocean is as much an element in the image as the magnificent Viking warriors and their billowing striped sails.

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Leif Ericsson, the Viking Who Found America by Peter Jackson

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Lavoisier on the way to his execution

Posted in Discoveries, Famous crimes, Historical articles, History, Politics, Revolution, Science on Thursday, 19 November 2015

One of the most undeserving victims of the Terror during the French Revolution was the scientific genius named Antoine Lavoisier. The nobleman and pioneering chemist is seen here in this crowded and atmospheric picture, standing on the tumbrel with the dais of death in the background, waiting to meet his unjust fate at the Guillotine.

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Lavoisier on the way to his execution by C L Doughty

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The California Gold Rush

Posted in America, Discoveries, Famous news stories, Geology, Historical articles, History on Thursday, 19 November 2015

Our colourful picture is like a Victorian narrative painting, and shows a Dickensian cross-section of the teeming humanity which flocked to California after the discovery of gold there in 1848. Many of the tens of thousands went on foot, others by wagon and carriage and many thousands journeyed to America from Europe and beyond.

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California Gold Rush by C L Doughty

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Joseph Lister shows microbes on unwashed surgical instruments

Posted in Discoveries, Historical articles, History, Medicine, Science on Thursday, 19 November 2015

In this realistic image Joseph Lister, pictured on the left, shows his ground-breaking scientific results to a colleague in a laboratory. The need for sterilisation of all surgical instruments, as well as continual cleansing of the wound, would revolutionise post-operative recovery and improve human health and longevity immeasurably.

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Joseph Lister (left) showing microbes on unwashed surgical instruments

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The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 55

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Bravery, Children, Discoveries, Historical articles, History, London, Medicine, Nature, Religion, Rivers, Science, The Illustrated Times, War on Tuesday, 17 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 the frozen Thames at Blackfriars.

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The Thames in Winter Clothing, View at Blackfriars

The second picture shows vaccination direct from a diseased cow’s corpse in Paris.

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Vaccination from the Cow in Paris

The third picture shows Christian fugitives in a refugee camp at Beirut.

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Christian Fugitives in the Quarantine at Beyrout by Gustave Janet

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The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 10

Posted in America, Anniversary, Best pictures, Disasters, Discoveries, Exploration, Historical articles, History, The Graphic on Sunday, 8 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 an accident on the Matterhorn.

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The Last Accident on the Matterhorn, August 1893 by J Nash

The second picture shows the Death-Chamber of Columbus.

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The Death-Chamber of Columbus

The third picture shows a proposed monument to Christopher Columbus 400 years after the discovery of America.

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The Proposed Monument in Memory of Christopher Columbus, to be erected at the Chicago Exhibition of 1892, to celebrate the Fourth Centenary of the Discovery of America

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The best pictures of James Watt’s Steam Engine

Posted in Best pictures, Discoveries, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions, Revolution, Science on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of James Watt’s Steam Engine are diagrammatic images and portraits of the inventor with his revolutionary machine.
The first picture shows James Watt’s steam engine and Watt’s well-known partner, Matthew Boulton.

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Matthew Boulton and James Watt with one of the patented steam engines

The second picture shows the great steam engine.

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James Watt's Steam Engine by Peter Jackson

The third picture shows Watt and the often forgotten inventor, Roebuck.

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James Watt' and John Roebuck perfected the workings of the Steam Engine by Frank Lea

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The best pictures of James Watt and the boiling kettle

Posted in Best pictures, Discoveries, Engineering, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Industry, Inventions, Science on Saturday, 24 October 2015

The best pictures of James Watt watching the kettle boil are vivid images of his boyish curiosity about the power of steam.
The first picture shows the famous scene.

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James Watt was first to explore why boiling water would push up the lid of a kettle by Peter Jackson

The second picture shows a family scene around the famous kettle.

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Watt and the Tea Kettle by Marcus Stone

The third picture shows Watt holding down the rising lid of a tea kettle.

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James Watt watching the lid of a tea kettle by Peter Jackson

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The best pictures of the Iron Age

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Discoveries, Geology, Historical articles, History, Industry, Prehistory, Weapons on Friday, 23 October 2015

The best pictures of the Iron Age are images of the first known metal workers before the great Age of Civilisations.
The first picture shows a furnace and sound working methods.

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The Iron Age by Peter Jackson

The second picture shows an iron-age furnace.

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A primitive furnace in the Iron Age by Emile Bayard

The third picture shows an iron-age man at his anvil.

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A primitive anvil by Peter Jckson

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