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1830s Collection

Step back in time to the vibrant and captivating 1830s, where art, exploration, and innovation took center stage

Background image1830s Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 304

Curtis British Entomology Plate 304
Lepidoptera: Paucalia woodiella = Euclemensia woodiella (Manchester Tinea) [Plant: Cephalanthera damosonium (Epipactis grandiflora L. or E. pallens Swartz, White Epipactis)] Date: 1824-39

Background image1830s Collection: American Flamingo, by John James Audubon

American Flamingo, by John James Audubon
American Flamingo, Phoenicopterus Ruber, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1830s Collection: Louisiana Heron, by John James Audubon

Louisiana Heron, by John James Audubon
Louisiana Heron, Ardea Ludoviciana, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1830s Collection: Street Plan of Worthing c1830

Street Plan of Worthing c1830
Shows Warwick House and gardens, Wortley House, Marine Library, Sea House Hotel, and New Town (built c1820s on what is now Clifton Road)

Background image1830s Collection: Vauxhall Royal Balloon first ascent

Vauxhall Royal Balloon first ascent with 9 people, from Vauxhall, London. The maximum possible number of passengers was 28. 9 September 1836

Background image1830s Collection: Dolphin airship by Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg

Dolphin airship by Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg
A fish-shaped airshipdesign Dolphin by Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg, c.1835. Date: circa 1835

Background image1830s Collection: Liverpool Grand National Steeplechase

Liverpool Grand National Steeplechase. 1839

Background image1830s Collection: Illustration, Railway Ribaldry by W Heath Robinson

Illustration, Railway Ribaldry by W Heath Robinson -- The building of Saltash Bridge. Date: 1935

Background image1830s Collection: Spring-Heeled Jack winged monster

Spring-Heeled Jack winged monster
Winged man-monster who terrified residents of Blackheath and other London suburbs from 1837 for many years but was never caught Date: 1830s

Background image1830s Collection: Grace Darling, rowing with her father

Grace Darling, rowing with her father
Grace Horsley Darling (1815 - 1842), daughter of the lighthouse keeper, William Darling, on the Farne Islands, seen here rowing with her father to the sinking steamboat the SS Forfarshire in 1838

Background image1830s Collection: Heene tithe map, 1838

Heene tithe map, 1838
By Hide and Patching, Surveyors &c. Worthing. 26.6 in. to 1 m. 48 × 35 Tithe Award Map Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: TD/W66

Background image1830s Collection: DARWIN: HMS BEAGLE. Voyage of the HMS Beagle, which Charles Darwin sailed as ships naturalist

DARWIN: HMS BEAGLE. Voyage of the HMS Beagle, which Charles Darwin sailed as ships naturalist from 1831 to 1836

Background image1830s Collection: London Fire Engine Establishment, list of fire stations

London Fire Engine Establishment, list of fire stations
Formed in 1833, the LFEE took over firefighting in London from the various Insurance Company fire brigades. It had 19 fire stations and its headquarters was located at Watling Street, City of London

Background image1830s Collection: Vauxhall Royal Balloon ascent

Vauxhall Royal Balloon ascent
First ascent from the Royal Gardens, Vauxhall, London, of the Vauxhall Royal Balloon, containing several passengers. 9 September 1836

Background image1830s Collection: Cover design, The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Cover design, The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Cover design for the first instalment of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, by Charles Dickens. 1836

Background image1830s Collection: Snowy Owl, by John James Audubon

Snowy Owl, by John James Audubon
Snowy Owl, Strix Nyctea, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1830s Collection: Handbill for balloon race, Green brothers

Handbill for balloon race, Green brothers
Handbill advertising a balloon race between Charles Green and his brother in two balloons, taking place from the Royal Gardens, Vauxhall, London, to celebrate the Queens birthday. 13 August 1835

Background image1830s Collection: Guiltcross Union Workhouse, Kenninghall, Norfolk

Guiltcross Union Workhouse, Kenninghall, Norfolk
The Guiltcross Union Workhouse, designed by William Thorold, was erected in 1836-7 at Kenninghall, Norfolk. After its closure in 1902 the site was acquired by the Rev Harold Burden

Background image1830s Collection: Union Workhouse, Sleaford, Lincolnshire

Union Workhouse, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
An aerial view of the Sleaford Union workhouse. Designed by William J Donthorn, the building was erected in 1837-8 on East Gate in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. The site later became known as Slea View

Background image1830s Collection: Barming Asylum, Maidstone, Kent

Barming Asylum, Maidstone, Kent
The main building of Barming Asylum located on Hermitage Lane, Barming Heath, Maidstone, Kent, opened in around 1833. Also known as the Kent County Lunatic Asylum, then renamed Oakwood Hospital

Background image1830s Collection: Henstead Union Workhouse, Swainsthorpe, Norfolk

Henstead Union Workhouse, Swainsthorpe, Norfolk
The driveway up to Henstead Union workhouse at Swainsthorpe, Norfolk. The building, erected in 1836, was designed by John Brown

Background image1830s Collection: Valve Horn on its Own

Valve Horn on its Own
The VALVE HORN (French : Cor a pistons) was introduced in the 1830s and completely replaced the Natural Horn used by Mozart and Beethoven

Background image1830s Collection: Map of Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Map of Lanzarote, Canary Islands, with soundings in fathoms. Date: 1835

Background image1830s Collection: Blue Jay, by John James Audubon

Blue Jay, by John James Audubon
Blue Jay, Corvus Cristatus, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1830s Collection: Albourne Tithe Map, 1838

Albourne Tithe Map, 1838
Surveyed by Willm Bishop Harding, Land Surveyor & Draughtsman of Frome, Somerset, Septr 1838. Copied by Willm Duncum, March 1841.rn26.6 in. to 1 m. Original map sixe 80in. × 48in

Background image1830s Collection: Geological map, South-East England, 1830s

Geological map, South-East England, 1830s. This map, dating from between 1830 and 1833, shows the denudation of The Weald

Background image1830s Collection: Union Workhouse, Pontypool, Monmouthshire

Union Workhouse, Pontypool, Monmouthshire
Pontypool Union workhouse was built in 1837 on Coedygric Road, Griffithstown, Monmouthshire (now Gwent). It later became Panteg County Hospital

Background image1830s Collection: Union Workhouse, Downham Market, Norfolk

Union Workhouse, Downham Market, Norfolk
The Downham Union workhouse at Downham Market, Norfolk. The building, designed by William J Donthorn, was erected in 1836. It later became the Howdale County Home

Background image1830s Collection: Union Workhouse, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire

Union Workhouse, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
The Newport Pagnell Union workhouse was erected in 1836 at the junction of London Road and North Crawley Road. It later became Renny Lodge Hospital

Background image1830s Collection: Brunels Thames Tunnel

Brunels Thames Tunnel
Brunels Thames tunnel - the method of work, whereby a number of labourers could work side by side

Background image1830s Collection: Roade Cutting, Roade, Northamptonshire

Roade Cutting, Roade, Northamptonshire. Date: 1839

Background image1830s Collection: TEXAS: LONE STAR FLAG, 1839. Lone Star Flag of Texas, 1839

TEXAS: LONE STAR FLAG, 1839. Lone Star Flag of Texas, 1839
TEXAS:LONE STAR FLAG, 1839. Lone Star Flag of Texas, 1839

Background image1830s Collection: Grace Darling, lighthouse keeper's daughter

Grace Darling, lighthouse keeper's daughter
Grace Horsley Darling (1815 - 1842), daughter of the lighthouse keeper, William Darling, on the Farne Islands, who rowed with her father to the sinking steamboat the SS Forfarshire in 1838

Background image1830s Collection: Ascent of Mrs. Graham and the Royal Victoria Balloon

Ascent of Mrs. Graham and the Royal Victoria Balloon accompanied by Mrs. W. H. Adams and Miss Dean, Mermaid Tea Gardens, Hackney

Background image1830s Collection: Union Workhouse, Bedale, North Yorkshire

Union Workhouse, Bedale, North Yorkshire
The Bedale Union workhouse, erected in 1839 at South End, Bedale, North Yorkshire. Two ladies in large hats converse in the foreground

Background image1830s Collection: MAIL COACH IN FLOOD

MAIL COACH IN FLOOD
A mail coach in a flood. Date: circa 1835

Background image1830s Collection: Tropic Bird, by John James Audubon

Tropic Bird, by John James Audubon
Tropic Bird, Phaeton Aethereus, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1830s Collection: New Fishbourne tithe map, 1839

New Fishbourne tithe map, 1839
By C. Lewis, Havant. 26.6 in. to 1m. 49 × 37 Tithe Award Map Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: TD/W87

Background image1830s Collection: Grey heron, 19th century C013 / 6291

Grey heron, 19th century C013 / 6291
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea). Plate 3 from Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841) by Scottish naturalist William MacGillivray

Background image1830s Collection: Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, 1831

Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, 1831
First steam train on the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, New York, 1831. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1830s Collection: Thumbelina flies off with her Fairy Prince

Thumbelina flies off with her Fairy Prince
Thumbelina meets the Fairy Prince and flies off with him, and they live Happily Ever After. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background image1830s Collection: Thumbelina flies away on the Swallows back

Thumbelina flies away on the Swallows back
Thumbelina escapes from the Field Mouse and the Mole on the back of the Swallow. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background image1830s Collection: Thumbelina kisses the Swallow goodbye

Thumbelina kisses the Swallow goodbye
Thumbelina stands on tiptoe and kisses the Swallow goodbye. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background image1830s Collection: Macmillans Bicycle

Macmillans Bicycle
Kirkpatrick Macmillan and his early Dandy Horse bicycle

Background image1830s Collection: Map of London

Map of London 1836

Background image1830s Collection: Jack Rattenbury, smuggler

Jack Rattenbury, smuggler
Jack or John Rattenbury (1778 - 1844), nicknamed the Rob Roy of the West. Born in Beer, Devonshire, Rattenbury was in turn privateer, fisherman, pressed sailor in the Navy, and smuggler

Background image1830s Collection: Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren
US President Martin Van Buren in the White House. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century portrait

Background image1830s Collection: Deacon Giless Distillery temperance cartoon, 1830s

Deacon Giless Distillery temperance cartoon, 1830s
" Bringing back the rum, " temperance cartoon showing liquor barrels labeled with forms of death, Salem, Massachusetts. Hand-colored woodcut from an 1830s temperance pamphlet



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Step back in time to the vibrant and captivating 1830s, where art, exploration, and innovation took center stage. The decade began with John James Audubon's mesmerizing masterpiece, "American Flamingo, " showcasing the breathtaking beauty of nature. Audubon continued to enchant audiences with his Louisiana Heron, capturing the grace and elegance of this majestic bird. Meanwhile, a sense of wonder filled the air as the Vauxhall Royal Balloon made its first ascent into the heavens. Spectators marveled at this daring feat of human ingenuity and bravery. Speaking of courage, Grace Darling rowed alongside her father in a heroic rescue mission that captured hearts worldwide. As cities evolved during this era, Worthing unveiled its street plan in 1830—a testament to urban planning and progress. But it wasn't just on land that new horizons were explored; Jean Samuel Pauly and Durs Egg introduced their Dolphin airship—an engineering marvel that promised boundless possibilities for travel. The artistic realm also flourished during this period: W Heath Robinson's whimsical Railway Ribaldry illustration brought laughter to many faces while providing a satirical commentary on society's obsession with trains. And speaking of balloons again—another Vauxhall Royal Balloon ascent left spectators breathless as they witnessed humans defy gravity once more. But not all was lightheartedness; tales circulated about Spring-Heeled Jack—a winged monster haunting London streets—sending shivers down spines and fueling imaginations across England. Amidst these fantastical stories emerged practicality in Duncton's tithe map from 1837—a detailed record reflecting societal structures through land ownership. Lastly, John James Audubon returned with his Snowy Owl painting—an ethereal representation of nature's wonders that continues to captivate even today. Meanwhile, London Fire Engine Establishment listed fire stations throughout the city—reminders of both the dangers faced and the resilience of communities.