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Archive for July, 2015

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The best pictures of the Mersey Tunnel

Posted in Best pictures, British Cities, Engineering, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Rivers, Royalty on Thursday, 30 July 2015

The best pictures of the Mersey Railway Tunnel illustrate the huge scale of this most remarkable achievement of Victorian civil engineering.
The first picture shows a cross-section of the River Mersey with the route of the tunnel beneath the riverbed.

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The Mersey Railway Tunnel, Plan and Section, and Works in Progress by J R Wells

The second picture shows the completion of the Mersey Tunnel underground.

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Completion of the Mersey Tunnel at Liverpool

The third picture shows the opening of the Mersey tunnel in 1886.

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The Prince of Wales opening the Mersey Tunnel

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The best pictures of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Posted in Architecture, Art, Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, British Cities, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Royalty on Thursday, 30 July 2015

The best pictures of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool show the splendour of this Neo-classical temple of culture.
The first picture shows the foundation stone being laid.

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The Duke of Edinburgh laying the Foundation-Stone of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool by C Robinson

The second picture shows the opening ceremony and finished building.

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Opening of the New Walker Art Gallery at Liverpool by J R Brown

The third picture shows the Walker Art Gallery.

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Walker Art Gallery at Liverpool by F Watkins

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The best pictures of Richard Neville, called Warwick the Kingmaker

Posted in Best pictures, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, London, Politics, Royalty on Thursday, 30 July 2015

The best pictures of Warwick the Kingmaker show episodes in the life and death of this leader of the Lancastrian cause.
The first picture shows a portrait of the Earl of Warwick.

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Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick.

The second picture shows Warwick swearing an oath on his sword after he has killed his horse before the Battle of Towton.

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Earl of Warwick's oath on his sword after stabbing his horse

The third picture shows the death of Warwick at the pivotal Battle of Barnet.

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The death of Warwick the Kingmaker at Barnet by Ken Petts

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

The best pictures of Saltaire

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, British Towns, Historical articles, History, Industry on Thursday, 30 July 2015

The best pictures of Saltaire show the remarkable industrial architecture of this model town along with its builder, Sir Titus Salt.
The first picture is a general view of the small Yorkshire town of Saltaire.

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Saltaire

The second picture shows Saltaire Mills.

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Saltaire Mills

The third picture shows Titus Salt, founder and builder of Saltaire.

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Sir Titus Salt

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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

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The best pictures of a tiger hunt

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

The best pictures of a tiger hunt show royalty and gentlemen hunting tigers.
The first picture shows the Prince of Wales hunting tigers.

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The Prince of Wales tiger hunting in India; the Prince's suite following a Royal Bengal Tiger by Harry Payne

The second picture is a dramatic image of a tiger attacking a hunter.

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Tiger attack by Barrie Linklater

The third picture shows a tiger which has killed one of its hunters.

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Lieutenant Rice and the Tiger

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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 a picnic

Posted in Absurd, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Leisure, War on Thursday, 30 July 2015

The best pictures of a picnic show families and children enjoying the novelty of eating outdoors.
The first picture is of a family picnic taken in the car to somewhere near the sea.

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Family picnic by Clive Uptton

The second picture shows an amusing indoors picnic on a rainy day in a comic illustration by John Leech complete with signs for Ruined Abbey and Shady Grove, and with “no insects!!”

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A Pic-nic in the Drawing Room, a capital thing for a Wet Day by John Leech

The third picture shows officers’ wives and male companions enjoying an improbable picnic as they watch preparations for battle in the Crimea.

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Wives in the Crimean War by C L Doughty

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The best pictures of confectioners and sweet shops

Posted in Best pictures, Children, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London, Trade on Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The best pictures of confectioners and sweet shops show the familiar delights of such emporia for adults and children.
The first picture shows children shopping at Easter.

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Easter eggs for sale in the sweet shop

The second picture shows a seaside rock stall.

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Seaside Rock stall on the sea front

The third picture shows soldiers at a late eighteenth-century confectioner’s.

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Hero's recruiting at Kelsey's; – or- Guard-Day at St. James's by James Gillray

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The best pictures of afternoon tea

Posted in Best pictures, Customs, Historical articles, History, London on Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The best pictures of afternoon tea show the middle classes taking afternoon tea.
The first picture shows a tea shop in Regent Street.

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Afternoon Tea in Regent Street by Mary L Gow

The second picture shows afternoon tea in Paris.

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A Five O'Clock Tea in Paris

The third picture shows people taking tea in Kensington gardens.

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Afternoon tea in Kensington Gardens by William Hatherell

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