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Bonfire Collection

"Burning Crosses and Festive Flames: Unveiling the Spectacle Night" Step into the enchanting world of bonfires

Background imageBonfire Collection: Autumn Leaves, 1856, (c1915). Artist: John Everett Millais

Autumn Leaves, 1856, (c1915). Artist: John Everett Millais
Autumn Leaves, 1856, (c1915). The painting is held by the Manchester Art Gallery. From International Art: Past and Present by Alfred Yockney. [Virtue & Company, London, c1915]

Background imageBonfire Collection: Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Night

Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Night
Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, 4. Night. In a narrow street leading to Charing Cross, with an equestrian statue of Charles I at the far end

Background imageBonfire Collection: Burning crosses at the annual bonfire night parade held in Lewes, East Sussex

Burning crosses at the annual bonfire night parade held in Lewes, East Sussex
England, East Sussex, Lewes, The annual bonfire night parade celebrating 17 protestant martyrs killed in the fifteen hundreds

Background imageBonfire Collection: Blackheath Fireworks

Blackheath Fireworks
The fall of Sebastopol is celebrated with dramatic fireworks and a large bonfire on Blackheath

Background imageBonfire Collection: Advert, Standard Fireworks

Advert, Standard Fireworks. 1928

Background imageBonfire Collection: The Parley, 1903, by Frederic Remington (1861-1909)

The Parley, 1903, by Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909). American painter. The Parley, 1903

Background imageBonfire Collection: The Florentines Renouncing The Vanities By Order of Savonarola, 1890. Creator: Unknown

The Florentines Renouncing The Vanities By Order of Savonarola, 1890. Creator: Unknown
The Florentines Renouncing The Vanities By Order of Savonarola, 1890. Supporters of Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance Florence

Background imageBonfire Collection: Nottingham Castle, Bonfire night

Nottingham Castle, Bonfire night

Background imageBonfire Collection: November the Fifth, Bonfire Night in Lewes, Sussex

November the Fifth, Bonfire Night in Lewes, Sussex
November the Fifth, Bonfire Night in the High Street, Lewes, Sussex. 1892

Background imageBonfire Collection: A participant in the annual bonfire night parade held in Lewes

A participant in the annual bonfire night parade held in Lewes
England, East Sussex, Lewes, The annual bonfire night parade celebrating 17 protestant martyrs killed in the fifteen hundreds

Background imageBonfire Collection: Jumping through Fire

Jumping through Fire
A young couple from the Innviertel district of Austria jump through a bonfire on Saint Johns Eve, to bring themselves prosperity and happiness Date: 1889

Background imageBonfire Collection: Winter landscape with skaters by Droochsloot

Winter landscape with skaters by Droochsloot
Winter landscape with skaters (1629) by Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot (1586-1666). Dutch painter. Prado Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageBonfire Collection: Coronation bonfire at Whitehaven, 1902

Coronation bonfire at Whitehaven, 1902
A superbly constructed bonfire at Whitehaven, 120 feet in height and 155 feet in circumference, containing 600 tons of timber and brushwood

Background imageBonfire Collection: End of the Revolutionary War announced by signal-fires

End of the Revolutionary War announced by signal-fires
Beacon-fires in the hills along the Hudson River celebrating end of Revolutionary War, 1783. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBonfire Collection: Female Nude Seated by Fireside, c. 1850-1900 (mantochrome, paper-taped)

Female Nude Seated by Fireside, c. 1850-1900 (mantochrome, paper-taped)
990443 Female Nude Seated by Fireside, c.1850-1900 (mantochrome, paper-taped) by Mante, Louis Amedee (1826-1913) & Goldschmidt

Background imageBonfire Collection: Garden Bonfire

Garden Bonfire
Billowing smoke pollution caused by a garden bonfire. Date: 1960s

Background imageBonfire Collection: Lag BaOmer

Lag BaOmer
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageBonfire Collection: Lag BaOmer V

Lag BaOmer V
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageBonfire Collection: Lag BaOmer II

Lag BaOmer II
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageBonfire Collection: Lag BaOmer I

Lag BaOmer I
Tal Paz-Fridman

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8626678

Background imageBonfire Collection: Spain (19th c.). Carlist Wars. Album of the Carlist troops of the North. Infantry from Gipuzkoa

Spain (19th c.). Carlist Wars. Album of the Carlist troops of the North. Infantry from Gipuzkoa. Litography. SPAIN
CUL4879571 Spain (19th c.). Carlist Wars. Album of the Carlist troops of the North. Infantry from Gipuzkoa. Litography. SPAIN. BASQUE COUNTRY. GUIPUZCOA. Donostia

Background imageBonfire Collection: True reform of Parliament

True reform of Parliament
2909862 True reform of Parliament; (add.info.: True reform of Parliament, i.e. patriots lighting a revolutionary-bonfire in new Palace Yard)

Background imageBonfire Collection: Engraving depicting the 1886 Lewes Bonfire

Engraving depicting the 1886 Lewes Bonfire
5308604 Engraving depicting the 1886 Lewes Bonfire; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the 1886 Lewes Bonfire. Lewes Bonfire describes a set of celebrations held in the town of Lewes)

Background imageBonfire Collection: Block-house, Bloodhound, Blow-pipe, Boa, Boa, Boatman, Bobbin, Bodkin, Boiler, Bonfire, Bonnet

Block-house, Bloodhound, Blow-pipe, Boa, Boa, Boatman, Bobbin, Bodkin, Boiler, Bonfire, Bonnet, Bookcase (engraving)
8650038 Block-house, Bloodhound, Blow-pipe, Boa, Boa, Boatman, Bobbin, Bodkin, Boiler, Bonfire, Bonnet, Bookcase (engraving) by German School

Background imageBonfire Collection: SERVET, Miguel (1511-1553). Spanish doctor and theologian. Xylography. FRANCE. ILE-DE-FRANCE

SERVET, Miguel (1511-1553). Spanish doctor and theologian. Xylography. FRANCE. ILE-DE-FRANCE. Paris. National Library
CUL4847737 SERVET, Miguel (1511-1553). Spanish doctor and theologian. Xylography. FRANCE. ILE-DE-FRANCE. Paris. National Library by Unknown Artist; (add.info.: SERVET, Miguel (1511-1553)

Background imageBonfire Collection: Spain. Revolution of 1854 (Madrid, July) (engraving)

Spain. Revolution of 1854 (Madrid, July) (engraving)
CUL4847666 Spain. Revolution of 1854 (Madrid, July) (engraving); Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: Spain. Revolution of 1854 (Madrid, July)

Background imageBonfire Collection: Spain. War of Africa (1859-1860). The trech service at night (engraving)

Spain. War of Africa (1859-1860). The trech service at night (engraving)
CUL4936344 Spain. War of Africa (1859-1860). The trech service at night (engraving); (add.info.: Donostia. San Telmo Museum); AIC

Background imageBonfire Collection: Cain and Abel offer sacrifices, Illustration from the Dore Bible, 1866

Cain and Abel offer sacrifices, Illustration from the Dore Bible, 1866
3665373 Cain and Abel offer sacrifices, Illustration from the Dore Bible, 1866 by Dore, Gustave (1832-83); (add.info.: Cain and Abel offer sacrifices, Illustration from the Dore Bible 1866)

Background imageBonfire Collection: Coven pattern 1

Coven pattern 1
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Coven pattern 2
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Coven pattern 3
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Background imageBonfire Collection: Oxford university students building a bonfire in the great quadrangle

Oxford university students building a bonfire in the great quadrangle and pulling down a statue of Mercury
FLO4618838 Oxford university students building a bonfire in the great quadrangle and pulling down a statue of Mercury. Flooring of Mercury or Burning the Oaks, a Scene from in Tom Quadrangle

Background imageBonfire Collection: Indians by the Fire, (oil on canvas)

Indians by the Fire, (oil on canvas)
985489 Indians by the Fire, (oil on canvas) by Sharp, Joseph Henry (1859-1953); 50.8x76.2 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Indians by the Fire. Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953). Oil on canvas

Background imageBonfire Collection: Bonfire on the beach

Bonfire on the beach
Shenshen Dou

Background imageBonfire Collection: Walpurgis Night in Bergslagen, Grangärde in Dalarna, 1896. Creator: Anshelm Schultzberg

Walpurgis Night in Bergslagen, Grangärde in Dalarna, 1896. Creator: Anshelm Schultzberg
Walpurgis Night in Bergslagen, Grangarde in Dalarna, 1896

Background imageBonfire Collection: View of fireworks and a triumphal arch with a two-headed eagle and the name of Joseph

View of fireworks and a triumphal arch with a two-headed eagle and the name of Joseph... 1765-1799 Creator: Anon
View of fireworks and a triumphal arch with a two-headed eagle and the name of Joseph II, German emperor, 1765-1799. In the background on the left, a structure explodes. On the right a ship is burning

Background imageBonfire Collection: Children clustered around a Saint Martin's bonfire, 1805-1808. Creator: Christiaan Andriessen

Children clustered around a Saint Martin's bonfire, 1805-1808. Creator: Christiaan Andriessen
Children clustered around a Saint Martin's bonfire, 1805-1808

Background imageBonfire Collection: The Peace Commemoration at Portsmouth - the Bonfire on the Beach, 1856. Creator: Unknown

The Peace Commemoration at Portsmouth - the Bonfire on the Beach, 1856. Creator: Unknown
The Peace Commemoration at Portsmouth - the Bonfire on the Beach, 1856. Celebrating the end of the Crimean War in Hampshire. From "Illustrated London News", 1856

Background imageBonfire Collection: Travel views of Europe, between 1904 and 1938. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Travel views of Europe, between 1904 and 1938. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Travel views of Europe, between 1904 and 1938

Background imageBonfire Collection: Bivouacplace du Panthéon, dans la nuit du 22 au 23 décembre 1830, 1830. Creator: Auguste Raffet

Bivouacplace du Panthéon, dans la nuit du 22 au 23 décembre 1830, 1830. Creator: Auguste Raffet
Bivouacplace du Pantheon, dans la nuit du 22 au 23 decembre 1830, 1830

Background imageBonfire Collection: Local residents put pig fat in a camp fire during the celebrations of Kolyada pagan

Local residents put pig fat in a camp fire during the celebrations of Kolyada pagan holiday, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas festivities

Background imageBonfire Collection: A bonfire burns during the Meskel Festival to commemorate the discovery of the true cross

A bonfire burns during the Meskel Festival to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at the Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia September 26, 2017

Background imageBonfire Collection: Coven pattern 3

Coven pattern 3
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Coven pattern 2
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Background imageBonfire Collection: Coven pattern 1

Coven pattern 1
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Coven
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Background imageBonfire Collection: Flashlight - Jap soldiers at Chemulpo, after naval battle, standing around bonfire, c1904

Flashlight - Jap soldiers at Chemulpo, after naval battle, standing around bonfire, c1904. Creator: Robert Lee Dunn
Flashlight - Jap soldiers at Chemulpo, after naval battle, standing around bonfire, c1904



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"Burning Crosses and Festive Flames: Unveiling the Spectacle Night" Step into the enchanting world of bonfires, where ancient traditions ignite with fervor and illuminate the night sky. In Lewes, East Sussex, a mesmerizing annual bonfire night parade captivates hearts as burning crosses dance amidst a sea of jubilant faces. Hogarth's masterpiece "Four Times of the Day" paints a vivid picture of this nocturnal spectacle. As darkness falls, Blackheath Fireworks burst forth in dazzling colors, casting an ethereal glow on winter landscapes reminiscent of Droochsloot's "Winter Landscape with Skaters. " But beyond mere entertainment lies a deeper historical significance. Savonarola's call to renounce vanities echoes through time in "The Florentines Renouncing The Vanities, " reminding us that bonfires have long served as symbols of purification and renewal. Nottingham Castle stands tall on Bonfire Night, its towering flames mirroring the fiery spirit within revelers' hearts. Standard Fireworks' captivating advert entices all to join in this explosive celebration. November the Fifth arrives with anticipation as Lewes transforms into a magical realm. A participant in the grand parade embodies both excitement and reverence for this cherished tradition. As autumn leaves carpet the ground like John Everett Millais' masterpiece suggests, we gather around roaring fires to share stories and laughter while warmth embraces our souls. Frederic Remington's evocative painting "The Parley" transports us back to an era when communities united under starlit skies during coronation bonfires at Whitehaven in 1902—a testament to unity forged by flickering flames. So let us embrace this timeless ritual—Bonfire Night—an occasion where history intertwines with merriment; where sparks fly high above our heads, carrying away worries and leaving behind memories etched forever in our hearts.