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"Britain in Pictures: A Glimpse into the Rich Tapestry of History" Step back in time with these captivating images that offer a window into Britain's past

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Coming from Evening Church, 1830, (1947). Creator: Samuel Palmer

Coming from Evening Church, 1830, (1947). Creator: Samuel Palmer
Coming from Evening Church, 1830, (1947). Congregation leaving an Evensong service in Shoreham, Kent, with full moon above the church. Painting in the Tate Gallery, London

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Cartouche on W. Mayos Map of Barbados, 1722, (1944). Creator: William Mayo

Cartouche on W. Mayos Map of Barbados, 1722, (1944). Creator: William Mayo
Cartouche on W. Mayos Map of Barbados, 1722, (1944). A New & Exact Map of the Island of Barbadoes in America. According to an Actual & Accurate Survey

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Trolling for Pike in the River Lea, 1831, (1941). Creator: James Pollard

Trolling for Pike in the River Lea, 1831, (1941). Creator: James Pollard
Trolling for Pike in the River Lea, 1831, (1941). Anglers using a running line to catch pike on the Lea at Waltham Abbey, to the north-east of London. Painting in the Tate Gallery, London

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Creator: John Gould

Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Creator: John Gould
Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Male and female of the finch family, from " Birds of Britain" by John Gould. Published in " The Birds of Britain, by James Fisher. [Collins, London, 1942]

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: John Ruskin, 1853-1854, (1944). Creator: John Everett Millais

John Ruskin, 1853-1854, (1944). Creator: John Everett Millais
John Ruskin, 1853-1854, (1944). Portrait of English artist, critic and author John Ruskin (1819-1900), by his friend John Everett Millais

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). Creator: Eric Ravilious

Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). Creator: Eric Ravilious
Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). RAF Spitfires at a British airfield during the Second World War. Painting in the Imperial War Museum, London. From " Britain In The Air", by Nigel Tangye

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1814-1815, (1944). Creator: Thomas Lawrence

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1814-1815, (1944). Creator: Thomas Lawrence
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 1814-1815, (1944). Portrait of Anglo-Irish soldier and future British prime minister Arthur Wellesley

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Creator: Johan Zoffany

The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Creator: Johan Zoffany
The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Portrait of the musical and aptly named Sharps aboard their sailing barge Apollo on the River Thames at Fulham in London: Mary Lloyd-Baker (nee Sharp)

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: George Eliot, c1850, (1942). Creator: Francois d Albert Durade

George Eliot, c1850, (1942). Creator: Francois d Albert Durade
George Eliot, c1850, (1942). Portrait of British author George Eliot (1819-1880), born Mary Ann Evans. Painting in the National Portrait Gallery, London

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: My First Sermon, 1863, (1947). Creator: John Everett Millais

My First Sermon, 1863, (1947). Creator: John Everett Millais
My First Sermon, 1863, (1947). The Artists Daughter in Winchelsea Church : portrait of Millais daughter Effie, aged about five, sitting upright and somewhat daunted

Background imageBritain In Pictures 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 imageBritain In Pictures Collection: The Village of Kineton, Warwickshire, 1885-1887, (1944). Creator: Unknown

The Village of Kineton, Warwickshire, 1885-1887, (1944). Creator: Unknown
The Village of Kineton, Warwickshire, 1885-1887, (1944). Map showing the market place, St Peters Church, Wesleyan chapel, the Steam Corn Mill, the Manor House and the River Dene

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Matthew Pariss Map of Great Britain showing rivers & towns in the south of England & part of

Matthew Pariss Map of Great Britain showing rivers & towns in the south of England & part of Wales, c. 1250 (1944)
Many place-names are still recognisable today. The word Auster, written over the English Channel at the bottom, refers to wind bringing heavy cloud cover and fog

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Charles I and Speaker Lenthall, c1850, (1947). Creator: Unknown

Charles I and Speaker Lenthall, c1850, (1947). Creator: Unknown
Charles I and Speaker Lenthall, c1850, (1947). On 4 January 1642, King Charles I (1600-1649, standing, in hat) entered the House of Commons to arrest five Members of Parliament for high treason

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Boxing, early 19th century, (1941). Creator: Henry Thomas Alken

Boxing, early 19th century, (1941). Creator: Henry Thomas Alken
Boxing, early 19th century, (1941). Bare-knuckle fighting. Illustration which originally appeared in " The National Sports of Great Britain" illustrated by Henry Alken. (London, 1821)

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Boston, Lincolnshire, 1838, (1943). Creator: Unknown

Boston, Lincolnshire, 1838, (1943). Creator: Unknown
Boston, Lincolnshire, 1838, (1943). View of St Botolphs Church and ships on the River Witham in the town of Boston. After an engaving by JMW Turner

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: The Battle of Naseby, 1645, 1727, (1944). Creator: Dupuis

The Battle of Naseby, 1645, 1727, (1944). Creator: Dupuis
The Battle of Naseby, 1645, 1727, (1944). The victory at Naseby of the Parliamentarian New Model Army under Fairfax and Cromwell over the Royalist army commanded by Prince Rupert marked the decisive

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Ellen Terry, 1864, (1942). Creator: George Frederick Watts

Ellen Terry, 1864, (1942). Creator: George Frederick Watts
Ellen Terry, 1864, (1942). Portrait of British actress Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928), the leading Shakespearean actress of her time

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Saxtons Map of Norfolk, 1574, (1944). Creator: Christopher Saxton

Saxtons Map of Norfolk, 1574, (1944). Creator: Christopher Saxton
Saxtons Map of Norfolk, 1574, (1944). Detail of the county of Norfolk, showing rivers, towns and villages, and a ship in The Wash

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Boy Scout Uniform and Badges, 1944. Creator: Kenneth Brookes

Boy Scout Uniform and Badges, 1944. Creator: Kenneth Brookes
Boy Scout Uniform and Badges, 1944. Patrol leaders hat badge; scarf of troop colour; all-round cords for six badges; staff of shoulder height

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Two Wedgwood Mugs Designed by Eric Ravilious, 1944. Creator: Unknown

Two Wedgwood Mugs Designed by Eric Ravilious, 1944. Creator: Unknown
Two Wedgwood Mugs Designed by Eric Ravilious, 1944. Wedgwood Commemorations mug - Etruria 1730: Barlaston 1940; Edward VIII Coronation mug dated 1937

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: William St. Clair of Roslin, c1771, (1947). Creator: George Chalmers

William St. Clair of Roslin, c1771, (1947). Creator: George Chalmers
William St. Clair of Roslin, c1771, (1947). Portrait of Scottish golfer and archer William St Clair of Roslin, 21st Baron of Roslin (died 1778)

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Creator: Paulus van Somer

Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Creator: Paulus van Somer
Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Portrait of author, playwright and poet Mary Sidney Herbert (1561-1621)

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: A Cricket Match at Christchurch Priory, Hampshire, 1850, (1947). Creator: Unknown

A Cricket Match at Christchurch Priory, Hampshire, 1850, (1947). Creator: Unknown
A Cricket Match at Christchurch Priory, Hampshire, 1850, (1947). Spectators watching a match on Stanpit Marsh outside the town of Christchurch, (now in Dorset)

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Design for Scouts Enrolment Card, (1944). Creator: Robert Baden-Powell

Design for Scouts Enrolment Card, (1944). Creator: Robert Baden-Powell
Design for Scouts Enrolment Card, (1944). A scout stands under the scouting motto: Be Prepared. On the right is an image of St George, patron saint of England, killing the dragon

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Lord Baden-Powell, 1911, (1944). Creator: Ape Junior

Lord Baden-Powell, 1911, (1944). Creator: Ape Junior
Lord Baden-Powell, 1911, (1944). Portrait of Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857-1941), British soldier and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: The Siege of Colchester by the Parliament Forces... 1648, (1944). Creator: W Keymer

The Siege of Colchester by the Parliament Forces... 1648, (1944). Creator: W Keymer
The Siege of Colchester by the Parliament Forces Under the Command of General Fairfax, 1648, (1944). Map of the town of Colchester in Essex which was attacked by Parliamentary commander Lord-General

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Title Page of the Geneva Bible, 1614, (1943). Creator: Unknown

Title Page of the Geneva Bible, 1614, (1943). Creator: Unknown
Title Page of the Geneva Bible, 1614, (1943). The " Geneva" version of the Bible is significant because it was the first mechanically printed

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: The Man with the Load of Mischief, 18th century, (1943). Creator: William Hogarth

The Man with the Load of Mischief, 18th century, (1943). Creator: William Hogarth
The Man with the Load of Mischief, 18th century, (1943). A man with a chain and padlock round his neck, carrying a " load of mischief" : a woman holding a glass of gin rides on his back

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Lords and Gentlemen of Surrey and Kent Playing Cricket at Knole Park, Kent, 1775, 1947

Lords and Gentlemen of Surrey and Kent Playing Cricket at Knole Park, Kent, 1775, 1947
Lords and Gentlemen of Surrey and Kent Playing Cricket at Knole Park, Kent, 1775, (1947). Cricket match in the grounds of a stately home near Sevenoaks

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: The Tanfield Arch in 1804, (1945). Creator: Joseph Constantine Stadler

The Tanfield Arch in 1804, (1945). Creator: Joseph Constantine Stadler
The Tanfield Arch in 1804, (1945). The Causey Arch near Stanley in County Durham is the worlds oldest surviving single arch railway bridge

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Market Hall, Sudbury, c1850, (1943). Creator: Walker

Market Hall, Sudbury, c1850, (1943). Creator: Walker
Market Hall, Sudbury, c1850, (1943). View of Market Hill, with St Peters Church, and the Corn Exchange (right), built in 1841, in the town of Sudbury, Suffolk

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: An Essex Village: Ongar High Street, 1943. Creator: E. Eason

An Essex Village: Ongar High Street, 1943. Creator: E. Eason
An Essex Village: Ongar High Street, 1943. From " Womens Institutes, by Cicely McCall. [Collins, London, 1943]

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Randalls Flint Mill, Nine Elms, Battersea, 1830, (1947). Creator: John Varley I

Randalls Flint Mill, Nine Elms, Battersea, 1830, (1947). Creator: John Varley I
Randalls Flint Mill, Nine Elms, Battersea, 1830, (1947). Windmill on the south bank of the River Thames in London, looking towards Vauxhall Bridge. From " British Windmills and Watermills, by C

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: J. M. E. McTaggart, c1920?, (1943). Creator: Roger Fry

J. M. E. McTaggart, c1920?, (1943). Creator: Roger Fry
J. M. E. McTaggart, c1920?, (1943). Portrait of John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart (1866-1925), English idealist metaphysician, fellow and lecturer in philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Stage in the ascent of Mont Blanc, c1853, (1946). Creator: George Baxter

Stage in the ascent of Mont Blanc, c1853, (1946). Creator: George Baxter
Stage in the ascent of Mont Blanc, c1853, (1946). Climbers on Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps - a man is being pulled out of a crevasse on a rope

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Illustration and part of the text of Psalm 103, c1000-1050, (1947). Creator: Unknown

Illustration and part of the text of Psalm 103, c1000-1050, (1947). Creator: Unknown
Illustration and part of the text of Psalm 103, c1000-1050, (1947). Literal Illustration of the Text of Psalm CIII (CIV). Manuscript illustration showing Gods creations: valleys and mountains

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Nancy Woodforde, late 18th-early 19th century, (1943). Creator: Samuel Woodforde

Nancy Woodforde, late 18th-early 19th century, (1943). Creator: Samuel Woodforde
Nancy Woodforde, late 18th-early 19th century, (1943). Portrait of English diarist Anna Maria Woodforde (1757-1830) who was housekeeper for her uncle, James Woodforde

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: The House of Commons During A Debate, 1858, (1947). Creator: Unknown

The House of Commons During A Debate, 1858, (1947). Creator: Unknown
The House of Commons During A Debate, 1858, (1947). Interior of the Palace of Westminster in London, with (all-male) members of parliament on opposing benches. Lithograph after a painting

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: A Rowing Match at Richmond, 1793, (1942). Creator: Robert Clevely

A Rowing Match at Richmond, 1793, (1942). Creator: Robert Clevely
A Rowing Match at Richmond, 1793, (1942). Part of the Celebrations for the Duke of Clarences Birthday. Boats on the River Thames at Richmond, (now part of Greater London)

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Looking North in McMurdo Sound, 1911, (1946). Creator: Edward Wilson

Looking North in McMurdo Sound, 1911, (1946). Creator: Edward Wilson
Looking North in McMurdo Sound, 1911, (1946). View of seals in Antarctica by Dr Edward Wilson, a member of Robert Falcon Scotts doomed expedition to the South Pole

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Fanny Burney, c1784-1785, (1943). Creator: Unknown

Fanny Burney, c1784-1785, (1943). Creator: Unknown
Fanny Burney, c1784-1785, (1943). Portrait of Frances Burney (1752-1840), English satirical novelist, diarist and playwright, and daughter of the musicologist Dr Charles Burney

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Alfred Mynn, 1852, (1947). Creator: John Corbett Anderson

Alfred Mynn, 1852, (1947). Creator: John Corbett Anderson
Alfred Mynn, 1852, (1947). Portrait of English cricketer Alfred Mynn (1807-1861). From " English Cricket", by Neville Cardus. [Collins, London, 1947]

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Cricket Match Between Nottingham and Leicester, c. 1829, (1947). Creator: Unknown

Cricket Match Between Nottingham and Leicester, c. 1829, (1947). Creator: Unknown
Cricket Match Between Nottingham and Leicester, c.1829, (1947). Teams from Nottingham and Leicester competing. In the foreground is a refreshment stall

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Lloyds Coffee House, London, 1798, (1947). Creator: William Holland

Lloyds Coffee House, London, 1798, (1947). Creator: William Holland
Lloyds Coffee House, London, 1798, (1947). Interior of the Lloyds Coffee House in Lombard Street in the City of London. Lloyds became a meeting place for merchants and shipowners

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Scenes from a Victorian Summer, 1878, (1942). Creator: Randolph Caldecott

Scenes from a Victorian Summer, 1878, (1942). Creator: Randolph Caldecott
Scenes from a Victorian Summer, 1878, (1942). Page layout with illustrations and indications of the placement of text. Design for the Summer Number of " The Graphic" [newspaper], 1878

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Dartford Warblers, 1887, (1942). Creator: Johannes Keulemans

Dartford Warblers, 1887, (1942). Creator: Johannes Keulemans
Dartford Warblers, 1887, (1942). Pair of warblers, from " Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands" by Thomas Powys, 4th Baron Lilford

Background imageBritain In Pictures Collection: Dressing table and folding table, 1787, (1946). Creator: Unknown

Dressing table and folding table, 1787, (1946). Creator: Unknown
Dressing table and folding table, 1787, (1946). Furniture designs from a book of sketches made for Gillow s, (Gillow & Co, furniture making firm)



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"Britain in Pictures: A Glimpse into the Rich Tapestry of History" Step back in time with these captivating images that offer a window into Britain's past. From the enchanting Evening Church, 1830, by Samuel Palmer to the quaint Village of Kineton, Warwickshire, 1885-1887, captured by an unknown artist in 1944; each picture tells a unique story. Immerse yourself in religious fervor as you witness My First Sermon and My Second Sermon, both masterpieces painted by John Everett Millais in 1863 and 1864 respectively. These thought-provoking artworks evoke a sense of spirituality and introspection. Travel even further back to medieval times with Matthew Paris's Map of Great Britain from around 1250. This intricate illustration showcases rivers and towns across southern England and Wales, providing invaluable insight into the country's geography during that era. Experience life through the eyes of ordinary people depicted in Boston, Lincolnshire (1838) by an unknown artist. The painting offers a glimpse into daily routines and captures the essence of community spirit. John Ruskin's portrait from 1853-1854 is not only visually striking but also serves as a testament to his influential role as an art critic during Victorian times. His intellectual contributions continue to shape artistic discourse today. Relive pivotal moments such as The Battle of Naseby (1645), immortalized by Dupuis' artwork from 1727. This historical event marked a turning point in British history and forever altered its political landscape. Discover beauty amidst adversity with Eric Ravilious' Runway Perspective (1941). This aerial view depicts an airfield during World War II when courage prevailed against all odds. Marvel at Thomas Lawrence's portrayal of Arthur Wellesley, better known as the Duke of Wellington - one of Britain's most celebrated military leaders who played a crucial role in the defeat of Napoleon.