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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 8

Posted in America, Ancient History, Best pictures, Educational card, Historical articles, History, Law, Music, Rivers, Sport on Monday, 23 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon, 49 BC.

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Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon, 49 BC

The second picture shows Baseball.

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Baseball

The third picture shows a harpist.

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Harp, France, 1810

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The Last of the Mohicans

Posted in Adventure, America, Children, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Law, War, Weapons on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This is a superbly painted picture of the principal characters in The Last of the Mohicans, the popular adventure novel by James Fenimore Cooper. The composition is a montage in which we see the British army officer, Colonel Munro and his fearless daughter Cora, and in the foreground Hawk-eye the frontiersman and Uncas, the eponymous last of the Mohicans and heroic figure for countless schoolboys as well as for Native American Indians.

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The Last of the Mohicans, the novel by James Fenimore Cooper

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

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

Posted in English Literature, Famous crimes, Famous landmarks, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Law, Literature, London on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This marvellous and exquisitely drawn picture shows two of the world’s most famous fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, sitting in 221B Baker Street discussing the finer points of some recently solved conundrum, and the laconic Holmes expressing his customary conceit with the immortal line, “Elementary, my dear Watson”.

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Sherlock Holmes: Elementary, my dear Watson!

Many more pictures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Posted in British Countryside, Famous news stories, Farming, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Industry, Law, News, Politics on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This sombre picture depicts the six farm workers known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, being sentenced to deportation for forming a trade union in the little Dorsetshire village of Tolpuddle. The conviction of the defendants angered many, and the case became a cause celebre leading to their later acquittal.

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Tolpuddle Martyrs

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

King John signing Magna Carta

Posted in Historical articles, History, Interesting Words, Language, Law, Literature, Politics, Religion, Royalty on Sunday, 22 November 2015

Few moments in British history are as iconic and significant as the one depicted in this grand and beautifully composed history painting, which shows the beleaguered monarch bowing to the barons’ wishes and signing the most famous document in our national story. The gilded gothic canopy above the throne draws all our attention towards King John and his momentous act.

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King John signing Magna Carta by Fortunino Matania

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

Peel’s Peelers policing London’s streets

Posted in Historical articles, History, Institutions, Law, London, Politics on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This is a painterly and accomplished picture of one of the first Metropolitan policeman, known as Peel’s Peelers, at work on the beat and about to apprehend a gang of burglars escaping with their loot. His splendid uniform is an essential part of his authority, and his royal blue coat is central to the image’s composition and moral force.

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Peel's Peelers by James E McConnell

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

The Count of Monte Cristo

Posted in Architecture, Famous crimes, Famous Last Words, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Law, Literature, Mystery on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This remarkably vivid and touching picture shows two desperate prisoners in the dungeons of the forbidding Chateau d’If. The younger of them is the unjustly imprisoned Edmond Dantes, framed by a false friend, and the grey-haired man is the Abbe Faria, the charismatic Italian priest who had long yearned for company and freedom, and whose dying words to Edmond disclose the secret of the treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo.

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Peter Morgan

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

Captain Kidd solemnly pleads ‘Not Guilty’

Posted in Adventure, Historical articles, History, Law, Mystery, Sea, Ships on Saturday, 21 November 2015

Captain William Kidd was one of the most famous and fearsome pirates of the Spanish Main, but he was betrayed by a crew member and charged with piracy by the Crown. In our picture he seems unimpressed by the fact that he is on trial for his life, and disingenuously proclaims his innocence, which clearly astonishes the court who are well acquainted with his notorious reputation.

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Captain Kidd solemnly pleaded Not Guilty by Ken Petts

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

Sir Bernard Spilsbury

Posted in Famous crimes, Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Law, World War 2 on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is an interesting picture of the sometimes overlooked medical pioneer and pathologist, Sir Bernard Spilsbury, whose work in that field led to important convictions in the criminal justice system, as well as acquittals. In later life he helped to deepen the understanding and study of forensic science, but he will always be remembered for his crucial role as a young pathologist whose skills and initiative helped to turn an anonymous cadaver into the credible corpse of a British officer in the great deception that was known as Operation Mincemeat.

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Sir Bernard Spilsbury

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The murder of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral

Posted in Architecture, Famous crimes, Historical articles, History, Law, Religion, Royalty, Saints, Weapons on Saturday, 21 November 2015

Everything in this dramatic picture focuses on the radiant and threatened figure of Becket, the famous prelate whose pious and political life was famously cut short by those notorious four knights, who may well have misunderstood Henry II’s murmurings on the need to get rid of “this meddling priest”. The mitre gleams yellow, the cross casts a shadow, the candelabrum crashes to the ground as will Becket a moment later.

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The murder of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral by Peter Jackson

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