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Boredom Collection

"Boredom: A Captivating Abyss of Mundanity" In the depths of ennui, one can find themselves yearning for a change

Background imageBoredom Collection: I am half sick of shadows, c1911. Artist: John William Waterhouse

I am half sick of shadows, c1911. Artist: John William Waterhouse
I am half sick of shadows, c1911. Illustration of Tennysons poem of the Arthurian legend, showing the Lady of Shalott bored with her weaving

Background imageBoredom Collection: Ennui, c1914 (1935). Artist: Walter Richard Sickert

Ennui, c1914 (1935). Artist: Walter Richard Sickert
Ennui, c1914 (1935). After the painting by Walter Richard Sickert. From Modern Masterpieces Part 2. [George Newnes Ltd, London, 1935.]

Background imageBoredom Collection: The Young Ones filming on location in Bristol. Starring Rik Mayall as Rick

The Young Ones filming on location in Bristol. Starring Rik Mayall as Rick, Nigel Planer as Neil, Christopher Ryan as Mike and Adrian Edmondson as Vyvyan. August 1982

Background imageBoredom Collection: My Second Sermon, 1864, (1947). Creator: John Everett Millais

My Second Sermon, 1864, (1947). Creator: John Everett Millais
My Second Sermon, 1864, (1947). The Artists Daughter in Winchelsea Church : portrait of Millais daughter Effie, aged about five, having fallen asleep during the service

Background imageBoredom Collection: The Sleeping Congregation, William Hogarth

The Sleeping Congregation, William Hogarth
Vintage engraving of The Sleeping Congregation, William Hogarth. Interior of a church where the congregation sleeps as the clergyman reads from the gospel

Background imageBoredom Collection: Rainy Day, 1950s, UK

Rainy Day, 1950s, UK

Background imageBoredom Collection: One Mans Meat- by George Studdy

One Mans Meat- by George Studdy
Bonzo, the comic canine creation of George Studdy, looks away in horror (or boredom) as his owner peers a little more closely with the help of a pair of binoculars at a bevy of bathing beauties at

Background imageBoredom Collection: Fractal graphics, abstract

Fractal graphics, abstract

Background imageBoredom Collection: Athlete, 20 years, jumping hurdles, Winterbach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Athlete, 20 years, jumping hurdles, Winterbach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Background imageBoredom Collection: Three old men watch the world go by on a street in Bhaktapur

Three old men watch the world go by on a street in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu valley, Nepal, Asia

Background imageBoredom Collection: Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday (oil on canvas)

Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday (oil on canvas)
HFA393557 Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday (oil on canvas) by Fraser, Alexander Snr (1786-1865); 40.5x58.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe)

Background imageBoredom Collection: Rent Day, engraved by Abraham Raimbach (1784-1868), published 1817 (engraving)

Rent Day, engraved by Abraham Raimbach (1784-1868), published 1817 (engraving)
STC169277 Rent Day, engraved by Abraham Raimbach (1784-1868), published 1817 (engraving) by Wilkie, David (1785-1841) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBoredom Collection: Ennui, 1917-18 (oil on canvas) (see also 142951 and 617723)

Ennui, 1917-18 (oil on canvas) (see also 142951 and 617723)
AMO138791 Ennui, 1917-18 (oil on canvas) (see also 142951 and 617723) by Sickert, Walter Richard (1860-1942); Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageBoredom Collection: Reynisdrangar rock formation, dramatic clouds, black sand beach, near Vik i Myrdal, South Coast

Reynisdrangar rock formation, dramatic clouds, black sand beach, near Vik i Myrdal, South Coast, Suourland, Iceland

Background imageBoredom Collection: How WWI was fought

How WWI was fought
" As it is for most of us" World War I was a slog, described by many as " 90% routine and 10% terror." Although soldiers lived with death every day, for the most part

Background imageBoredom Collection: Churchill / Randolph / Vf 80

Churchill / Randolph / Vf 80
LORD RANDOLPH SPENCER CHURCHILL MP speaking in Parliament while Wolff, Balfour and Gorst listen (or fall asleep, more like)

Background imageBoredom Collection: 8619777

8619777

Background imageBoredom Collection: A plump rich vicar with tobacco pipe and liquor ignores the entreaties of a poor old woman

A plump rich vicar with tobacco pipe and liquor ignores the entreaties of a poor old woman
FLO4718115 A plump rich vicar with tobacco pipe and liquor ignores the entreaties of a poor old woman. Copperplate engraving by Thomas Sanders after a satirical illustration by Timothy Bobbin

Background imageBoredom Collection: English actor Charles Edme Vernet (1789-1848) as the Comte Derfort in L'Ennui at the Varietes

English actor Charles Edme Vernet (1789-1848) as the Comte Derfort in L'Ennui at the Varietes
FLO4562804 English actor Charles Edme Vernet (1789-1848) as the Comte Derfort in L'Ennui at the Varietes. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Charles Malo's Almanach des Spectacles by K

Background imageBoredom Collection: I wish I could have persuaded you to stop (colour litho)

I wish I could have persuaded you to stop (colour litho)
8677199 I wish I could have persuaded you to stop (colour litho) by May, Phil (1864-1903); Private Collection; (add.info.: I wish I could have persuaded you to stop)

Background imageBoredom Collection: Statues and visitors asleep at the British Museum (b/w photo)

Statues and visitors asleep at the British Museum (b/w photo)
8664255 Statues and visitors asleep at the British Museum (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: We tell Mr Smith - they do fall asleep)

Background imageBoredom Collection: Illustration for Berliner Balle von Rideamus (colour litho)

Illustration for Berliner Balle von Rideamus (colour litho)
8663426 Illustration for Berliner Balle von Rideamus (colour litho) by Heilemann, Ernst (1870-1936) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Illustration for Berliner Balle von Rideamus)

Background imageBoredom Collection: Chromolithography around 1890

Chromolithography around 1890
JAB5037111 Chromolithography around 1890.; (add.info.: Chromolithography around 1890.); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageBoredom Collection: Morris, modern machine production on a large scale at the Morris works (litho)

Morris, modern machine production on a large scale at the Morris works (litho)
8647559 Morris, modern machine production on a large scale at the Morris works (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Morris)

Background imageBoredom Collection: Dog sitting under its master's chair (colour litho)

Dog sitting under its master's chair (colour litho)
8656790 Dog sitting under its master's chair (colour litho) by German School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Dog sitting under its master's chair)

Background imageBoredom Collection: Three Hebridean women, 1850

Three Hebridean women, 1850
3478240 Three Hebridean women, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting three Hebridean women. The Hebrides comprise a widespread and diverse archipelago off the west coast of mainland Scotland)

Background imageBoredom Collection: The bored women of Longchamp racetrack. Three fashionable bored women sit among a mountain of

The bored women of Longchamp racetrack. Three fashionable bored women sit among a mountain of chairs as a maid clears
FLO4677858 The bored women of Longchamp racetrack. Three fashionable bored women sit among a mountain of chairs as a maid clears them away

Background imageBoredom Collection: French, 18th century, allegorical illustration depicting laziness as a woman is seen laying on her

French, 18th century, allegorical illustration depicting laziness as a woman is seen laying on her bed
3666069 French, 18th century, allegorical illustration depicting laziness as a woman is seen laying on her bed; (add.info.: French, 19th century)

Background imageBoredom Collection: The filming of new Catherine Cookson drama, Colour Blind at at Tyne Tees studios in

The filming of new Catherine Cookson drama, Colour Blind at at Tyne Tees studios in Newcastle 19 October 1997 - Young cast members bored in between takes

Background imageBoredom Collection: Actress Julie Newmar who played Catwoman in the Batman TV series 1968

Actress Julie Newmar who played Catwoman in the Batman TV series 1968

Background imageBoredom Collection: Actress Janet Leigh June 1957

Actress Janet Leigh June 1957

Background imageBoredom Collection: RF - Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) silverback male, portrait, member

RF - Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) silverback male, portrait, member of the Nyakagezi group, Mgahinga National Park, Uganda. Critically endangered

Background imageBoredom Collection: Working English Springer Spaniel puppy, 6 weeks, in play bow

Working English Springer Spaniel puppy, 6 weeks, in play bow

Background imageBoredom Collection: The Musicians

The Musicians
Artist: Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1548)

Background imageBoredom Collection: Frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) specimen with mouth open, from Atlantic Ocean

Frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) specimen with mouth open, from Atlantic Ocean, at a depth of 729m

Background imageBoredom Collection: The sleeping congregation, 1762. Artist: William Hogarth

The sleeping congregation, 1762. Artist: William Hogarth
The sleeping congregation, 1762.The scene is a country church, the only member of the congregation awake (besides the speaker) is the clerk who observes the charms of a young woman

Background imageBoredom Collection: Portrait of a man, 19th century. Creator: Pauline Augustin

Portrait of a man, 19th century. Creator: Pauline Augustin
Portrait of a man, 19th century

Background imageBoredom Collection: Takagi Umanosuke and the Ghost of a Woman, 1866. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Takagi Umanosuke and the Ghost of a Woman, 1866. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Takagi Umanosuke and the Ghost of a Woman, 1866. Series: Beauty and Valor in the Novel Suikoden

Background imageBoredom Collection: Physionomies de spectateurs de la Porte St-Martin... 1852. Creator: Honore Daumier

Physionomies de spectateurs de la Porte St-Martin... 1852. Creator: Honore Daumier
Physionomies de spectateurs de la Porte St-Martin... 1852. Physionomies de spectateurs de la Porte-St.-Martin pendant une represantation de Richard III

Background imageBoredom Collection: The Café-Concert, c1879. Creator: Edouard Manet

The Café-Concert, c1879. Creator: Edouard Manet
The Cafe-Concert, c1879. Here, Manet captures the kaleidoscopic pleasures of Parisian nightlife. The figures are crowded into the compact space of the canvas

Background imageBoredom Collection: Ann Lovisa Lagerhjelm, born of Geijerstam, 1824-1891, 1851. Creator: Uno Troili

Ann Lovisa Lagerhjelm, born of Geijerstam, 1824-1891, 1851. Creator: Uno Troili
Ann Lovisa Lagerhjelm, born of Geijerstam, 1824-1891, 1851

Background imageBoredom Collection: Talking in the Twilight, late 19th-early 20th century. Creator: Lucien Simon

Talking in the Twilight, late 19th-early 20th century. Creator: Lucien Simon
Talking in the Twilight, late 19th-early 20th century

Background imageBoredom Collection: Seule manière de faire poser un enfant avec fruit.. 1847. Creator: Honore Daumier

Seule manière de faire poser un enfant avec fruit.. 1847. Creator: Honore Daumier
Seule maniere de faire poser un enfant avec fruit.. 1847. The only way to make a child pose with fruit. Series: Les Papas, no. 15; Periodical: Le Charivari, 24 August 1847

Background imageBoredom Collection: Des Parisiens dans l'attente du plaisir.. 1855. Creator: Honore Daumier

Des Parisiens dans l'attente du plaisir.. 1855. Creator: Honore Daumier
Des Parisiens dans l'attente du plaisir.. 1855. Des Parisiens dans l'attente du plaisir - Deux heures de queue a un theatre quelconque

Background imageBoredom Collection: Un comité écoutant la lecture d'une tragédie, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

Un comité écoutant la lecture d'une tragédie, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Un comite ecoutant la lecture d'une tragedie, 19th century. Whatever you want - A committee listening to the reading of a tragedy

Background imageBoredom Collection: Ma femme reste bien longtemps a ce banquet... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

Ma femme reste bien longtemps a ce banquet... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Ma femme reste bien longtemps a ce banquet... 19th century. Socialist Women - My wife stays a long time at this banquet

Background imageBoredom Collection: Free Education--A Difficult Problem, drawn from life, 1891. Creator: Unknown

Free Education--A Difficult Problem, drawn from life, 1891. Creator: Unknown
Free Education--A Difficult Problem, drawn from life, 1891. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 44. July to December, 1891

Background imageBoredom Collection: Kelly, Madeleine, Miss, portrait photograph, 1914 May 15. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Kelly, Madeleine, Miss, portrait photograph, 1914 May 15. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Kelly, Madeleine, Miss, portrait photograph, 1914 May 15



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"Boredom: A Captivating Abyss of Mundanity" In the depths of ennui, one can find themselves yearning for a change, much like the figures depicted in John William Waterhouse's haunting masterpiece "I am half sick of shadows". Their weary gazes speak volumes about the weariness that comes with monotony. John Everett Millais' thought-provoking painting "My Second Sermon" captures another facet of boredom. The disinterested expressions on the faces of his subjects reflect a lackluster existence, where even sermons fail to ignite any spark within their souls. Walter Richard Sickert's "Ennui" transports us to a different era, yet the sentiment remains timeless. The desolate figure in this piece embodies an overwhelming sense of listlessness and dissatisfaction that permeates through every brushstroke. But not all forms are melancholic; sometimes they manifest as absurdity. Take Rik Mayall's iconic character Rick from "The Young Ones", whose antics while filming on location in Bristol brought laughter amidst their aimless pursuits. William Hogarth's satirical depiction titled "The Sleeping Congregation" serves as a reminder that they are even infiltrate places meant for spiritual solace. As worshippers doze off during church service, it becomes evident how easily monotony can seep into our lives. George Studdy's illustration entitled "One Man’s Meat" showcases how even our furry friends aren't immune to tedium. The dog slumped over his food bowl mirrors our own moments when life feels uneventful and uninspiring. Yet amid these portrayals lie glimpses of hope and resilience against boredom's grip. An athlete gracefully leaping hurdles in Winterbach reminds us that challenges can inject excitement into otherwise mundane routines. Three old men observing life passing by on a Bhaktapur street show us that finding joy in simple observation is possible amidst monotony.