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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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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Posted in Adventure, Boats, Exploration, Fish, Historical articles, History, Literature, Sea, Ships on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This stunning picture shows a scene from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by the French science fiction author, Jules Verne, whose rich imagination is well matched by this particular image of a giant cuttlefish which grabs one of Captain Nemo’s crew with its uncoiled tentacles.

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<em>Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea</em>

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Colonel Percy Fawcett exploring the Mato Grosso

Posted in Exploration, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Mystery, Nature on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This convincingly realistic picture shows the redoubtable Colonel Percy Fawcett exploring the Mato Grosso with his son, in search of a fabled lost city he called “Z”. Two Brazilian Indian tribesmen observe him unobserved, and perhaps hold the clue to his sudden disappearance in 1925, along with his son’s, in a South American mystery worthy of Rider Haggard and Conan Doyle, both good friends of this larger-than-life English eccentric.

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Colonel Percy Fawcett exploring the Mato Grosso

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The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 71

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, British Countryside, Country House, Exploration, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Royalty, The Illustrated Times, Travel 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 Dr Kane and the companions of his Arctic Expedition.

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Dr Kane and the Companions of his Arctic Expedition

The second picture shows the Tomb of Soudja Daolat, Delhi.

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The Tomb of Soudja Daolat, Delhi

The third picture shows the arrival of Queen Victoria at Aston Hall.

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The Arrival of Her Majesty at Aston Hall

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The best pictures from ‘The Graphic’, 85

Posted in Anarchy, Best pictures, Exploration, games, Geography, Historical articles, History, Politics, Ships, The Graphic on Friday, 13 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 pool players in a Paris Cafe.

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Playing Pool in a Paris Cafe in Aid of the Territorial Liberation Fund by H Johnson

The second picture shows the crow’s nest on the Arctic Expedition’s ship.

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The Arctic Expedition, the "Crow's Nest" by S E Waller

The third picture shows Parisians at a barricade.

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The Paris Mob, a Barricade in Paris by A Boyd Houghton

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’, 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

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’, 9

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, British Towns, Exploration, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Institutions, London, The Graphic, Transport, Travel 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 the hall in the Houses of Parliament.

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The Central Hall of the Houses of Parliament by H W Brewer

The second picture shows the Old Bridge over the Tyne at Newcastle.

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The Old Bridge over the Tyne at Newcastle, built in the 13th Century, destroyed by a Flood in 1771 by H W Brewer

The third picture shows a Polar expedition using balloons.

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The Proposed Polar Expedition, how to Reach the Pole by Balloons

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 Knossos

Posted in Ancient History, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Best pictures, Discoveries, Exploration, Famous landmarks, games, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Myth, Royalty on Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The best pictures of Knossos are striking images of the ruins and imaginative re-creations of this doomed city, which may have served as the historical model for Atlantis.
The first picture shows Arthur Evans exploring the Palace remains.

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Arthur Evans exploring the remains of the ancient Minoan palace at Knossos

The second picture shows Knossos as it might have been.

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Re-creation of the palace of Knossos by Harry Green

The third picture shows everyday life in Knossos.

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Playing board games in the Minoan city of Knossos by Peter Jackson

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The best pictures of Heinrich Schliemann

Posted in Ancient History, Archaeology, Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Discoveries, Exploration, Famous battles, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Myth, War on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The best pictures of Heinrich Schliemann are images of the archaeologist who excavated Mycenae and Hisarlik, a city thought to be on the site of Troy.
The first picture shows Schliemann and his wife, Sophia, who is wearing jewellery found at Hisarlik.

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Heinrich Schliemann adorning his wife with ornaments dug up on the site of Ancient Troy by C L Doughty

The second picture shows Schliemann talking in London.

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Dr Schliemann giving an Account of his Discoveries at Mycenae before the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House

The third picture shows a portrait.

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Dr Schliemann, the Homeric Explorer

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The best pictures of Abel Tasman

Posted in Australia, Best pictures, Boats, Discoveries, Exploration, Geography, Historical articles, History, Sea, Ships on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The best pictures of Abel Tasman are colourful and vivid images of the Dutch sailor and explorer who gave his name to Tasmania.
The first picture shows Tasman laying claim to Tasmania.

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Abel Tasman staking the Dutch claim to Tasmania by Oliver Frey

The second picture shows Maoris attacking Tasman’s men.

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Abel Tasman's ship being attacked by Maoris when trying to land on New Zealand by Andrew Howat

The third picture shows the attack in Murderers’ Bay, New Zealand, so-named by a shocked and devastated Tasman.

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The Maoris fell upon the surprised Dutch sailors and in the fight that followed, the crew of the ship's boat were all killed by Oliver Frey

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