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Brooding Collection

Brooding, a word that encompasses a multitude of emotions and actions, and is the soldier standing tall at the Canadian Memorial in Vancouver Corner

Background imageBrooding Collection: Beethoven Listening to a Muse, 1912 (charcoal on paper)

Beethoven Listening to a Muse, 1912 (charcoal on paper)
3613243 Beethoven Listening to a Muse, 1912 (charcoal on paper) by Alleaume, Ludovic (1859-1941); 44.6x36.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBrooding Collection: Portrait of John Donne, c. 1595 (oil on canvas)

Portrait of John Donne, c. 1595 (oil on canvas)
BAL3911 Portrait of John Donne, c.1595 (oil on canvas) by English School, (16th century); 77.1x62.5 cm; National Portrait Gallery, London

Background imageBrooding Collection: A village in winter in an extensive landscape with figures on the ice (oil on canvas)

A village in winter in an extensive landscape with figures on the ice (oil on canvas)
621503 A village in winter in an extensive landscape with figures on the ice (oil on canvas) by Edema, Gerard van (c.1652-c.1700); 236.2x205.7 cm; eThe Devonshire Collections

Background imageBrooding Collection: Brooding Soldier - Canadian Memorial, Vancouver Corner - WWI

Brooding Soldier - Canadian Memorial, Vancouver Corner - WWI
The memorial commemorates the 18, 000 Canadian soldiers who withstood the first gas attack on April 22/24 1915 (Battle of Ypres), suffering over 2, 000 casualties

Background imageBrooding Collection: Common Eider Duck Female. Close-up of eye and feather detail as she broods eggs

Common Eider Duck Female. Close-up of eye and feather detail as she broods eggs. Inner Farne Island, Northumberland, UK
ROY-93 Common Eider Duck - Female. Close-up of eye and feather detail as she broods eggs. Inner Farne Island, Northumberland, UK

Background imageBrooding Collection: Napoleon at Fontainebleau During the First Abdication - 31 March 1814, (1845)

Napoleon at Fontainebleau During the First Abdication - 31 March 1814, (1845). Artist: Paul Delaroche
Napoleon at Fontainebleau During the First Abdication - 31 March 1814, (1845). The invasion of France by the Allies culminated in Napoleons abdication of 11 April

Background imageBrooding Collection: Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) brooding three chicks with a fourth approaching

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) brooding three chicks with a fourth approaching, northern Massachusetts, USA.June. Endangered species

Background imageBrooding Collection: Common loon (Gavia immer) nesting at edge of lake and calling, Acadia National Park

Common loon (Gavia immer) nesting at edge of lake and calling, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, August

Background imageBrooding Collection: Domestic Cock, Hens and Chicks, 1655 (oil on canvas)

Domestic Cock, Hens and Chicks, 1655 (oil on canvas)
XYC208944 Domestic Cock, Hens and Chicks, 1655 (oil on canvas) by Barlow, Francis (1626-1702); 83.8x99.1 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA; English, out of copyright

Background imageBrooding Collection: View to Cuillin Hills from Elgol harbour, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides

View to Cuillin Hills from Elgol harbour, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBrooding Collection: Roger Bacon / Verhas

Roger Bacon / Verhas
ROGER BACON Scientist and scholar looking across the rooftops of Oxford from his monastic observatory

Background imageBrooding Collection: Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) incubating egg, Puerto Pajas, Isabela Island

Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) incubating egg, Puerto Pajas, Isabela Island, Galapagos

Background imageBrooding Collection: Male Yellow-headed jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) blows out the clutch of eggs

Male Yellow-headed jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) blows out the clutch of eggs he is incubating in his mouth to oxygenate them. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies

Background imageBrooding Collection: Napoleon at St. Helena, c1815, (1896)

Napoleon at St. Helena, c1815, (1896). Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) during his exile on the island of Saint Helena. Typogravure after the painting made in 1894 by L Kratke

Background imageBrooding Collection: Michael Craig as Jim Lancaster

Michael Craig as Jim Lancaster
in a portrait taken for the release of Yield to the Night in 1956

Background imageBrooding Collection: Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) adult and chick in nest in Saguaro cactus

Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) adult and chick in nest in Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA

Background imageBrooding Collection: Tiger cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus macrodon) male mouth brooding a clutch of eggs behind

Tiger cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus macrodon) male mouth brooding a clutch of eggs behind his sharp teeth. Gubal Island, Egypt. Strait Of Gubal, Red Sea

Background imageBrooding Collection: Mute swan (Cygnus olor), two cygnets sheltering under parent's wing

Mute swan (Cygnus olor), two cygnets sheltering under parent's wing. Richmond Park, London, England, UK. April

Background imageBrooding Collection: Coscoroba swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) at nest with eggs. La Pampa, Patagonia, Argentina

Coscoroba swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) at nest with eggs. La Pampa, Patagonia, Argentina. February

Background imageBrooding Collection: Adult brooding on tower-shaped nest. Black-browed albatross, Falkland Islands

Adult brooding on tower-shaped nest. Black-browed albatross, Falkland Islands

Background imageBrooding Collection: Sparkling violetear hummingbird (Colibri coruscans) incubating eggs at nest, Andean cloud forest

Sparkling violetear hummingbird (Colibri coruscans) incubating eggs at nest, Andean cloud forest, Ecuador

Background imageBrooding Collection: Beethoven, (1936). Creator: Unknown

Beethoven, (1936). Creator: Unknown
Beethoven, (1936). German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), one of the most recognised and influential of western composers

Background imageBrooding Collection: Red-necked nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis) on nest with eggs, Arcos de la Frontera

Red-necked nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis) on nest with eggs, Arcos de la Frontera, southern Spain, May

Background imageBrooding Collection: Snow goose (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) brooding chicks, with rusty orange face

Snow goose (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) brooding chicks, with rusty orange face from iron rich soil in which it forages. Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, June

Background imageBrooding Collection: Adult Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii) incubating a clutch of 3 eggs

Adult Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii) incubating a clutch of 3 eggs. Nest constructed in the fork of a Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium sp.) Masoala National Park, north east Madagascar

Background imageBrooding Collection: Red knot (Calidris canutus rogersi) incubating nest on a coastal gravel spit. Chukotka, Russia

Red knot (Calidris canutus rogersi) incubating nest on a coastal gravel spit. Chukotka, Russia. June

Background imageBrooding Collection: Pair of Swallow-tailed gulls (Creagrus furcatus) at nest, one incubating

Pair of Swallow-tailed gulls (Creagrus furcatus) at nest, one incubating. Genovesa Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Background imageBrooding Collection: St Julien war memorial, Langemark, Belgium

St Julien war memorial, Langemark, Belgium
The St Julien war memorial, commemorating the Canadian soldiers who died in the Second Battle of Ypres, April 1915. The sculpture at the top is known as the Brooding Soldier

Background imageBrooding Collection: Two banded plover (Charadrius falklandicus) female, incubating eggs on nest on pebbly beach

Two banded plover (Charadrius falklandicus) female, incubating eggs on nest on pebbly beach, Cerro Avanzado protected area, Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina

Background imageBrooding Collection: Adult Common tern (Sterna hirundo) brooding two chicks. Long Island, New York, USA. June

Adult Common tern (Sterna hirundo) brooding two chicks. Long Island, New York, USA. June

Background imageBrooding Collection: Near Via Reggio, where Shelley's Body was Found, 1876 (oil on canvas)

Near Via Reggio, where Shelley's Body was Found, 1876 (oil on canvas)
2634797 Near Via Reggio, where Shelley's Body was Found, 1876 (oil on canvas) by Richmond, William Blake (1842-1921); 91.5x228.8 cm; Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageBrooding Collection: Self Portrait Study, c. 1912 (oil on canvas)

Self Portrait Study, c. 1912 (oil on canvas)
5933877 Self Portrait Study, c.1912 (oil on canvas) by Valette, Adolphe (1876-1942); 60.8x48 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info)

Background imageBrooding Collection: Portrait of Arthur Wasse (oil on canvas)

Portrait of Arthur Wasse (oil on canvas)
MAN364952 Portrait of Arthur Wasse (oil on canvas) by Knupfer, Benes (1848-1910); 50.8x66.7 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info)

Background imageBrooding Collection: The painter William A. Sherwood (oil on canvas)

The painter William A. Sherwood (oil on canvas)
471402 The painter William A. Sherwood (oil on canvas) by Smits, Jacobs (1856-1928); 48x40 cm; Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium; © Art in Flanders

Background imageBrooding Collection: The composer Peter Benoit, 1883 (oil on canvas)

The composer Peter Benoit, 1883 (oil on canvas)
471519 The composer Peter Benoit, 1883 (oil on canvas) by Beers, Jan van (1852-1927); 44x32 cm; Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

Background imageBrooding Collection: Male Gold-specs jawfish (Opistognathus randalli), with mouth brooding eggs

Male Gold-specs jawfish (Opistognathus randalli), with mouth brooding eggs, the eyes can clearly be seen in the eggs indicating they will soon hatch, Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia, Celebes Sea

Background imageBrooding Collection: Male Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) sitting on eggs for his brooding period in an artificial nest, Italy

Male Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) sitting on eggs for his brooding period in an artificial nest, Italy

Background imageBrooding Collection: Everything flows

Everything flows
Mariuca Brancoveanu

Background imageBrooding Collection: Lady with a Hawk, Pahari Style, Punjab Hills, c. 1750 (paint on paper)

Lady with a Hawk, Pahari Style, Punjab Hills, c. 1750 (paint on paper)
BAL106924 Lady with a Hawk, Pahari Style, Punjab Hills, c.1750 (paint on paper) by Guler School (18th Century); 20.6x11 cm; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Background imageBrooding Collection: DDE-90037614

DDE-90037614
La Poule Couveuse (brooding hen) and Le Sphinx rocks in late afternoon, Hienghene, Northern Province, New Caledonia Date: 14/10/2005

Background imageBrooding Collection: DDE-90037616

DDE-90037616
New Caledonia, Northern Grande Terre Island, Hienghene. La Poule Conveuse (brooding hen) rock / Sunset. Date: 14/10/2005

Background imageBrooding Collection: DDE-90037615

DDE-90037615
New Caledonia, Northern Grande Terre Island, Hienghene. La Poule Conveuse (brooding hen) rock / dusk. Date: 14/10/2005

Background imageBrooding Collection: DDE-90037613

DDE-90037613
New Caledonia, Northern Grande Terre Island, Hienghene. La Poule Conveuse (brooding hen) and Le Sphinx rocks / Late afternoon. Date: 14/10/2005

Background imageBrooding Collection: DDE-90037451

DDE-90037451
Pacific Northwest. Octopus brooding over eggs. Date: 01/03/2005

Background imageBrooding Collection: Claude Debussy (b / w photo)

Claude Debussy (b / w photo)
CHT437866 Claude Debussy (b/w photo) by Manuel, Henri (1874-1947); Private Collection; (add.info.: Claude Debussy (1862-1918) French composer; ); © Archives Charmet

Background imageBrooding Collection: Dundee From Tayport, 19th century (oil on canvas)

Dundee From Tayport, 19th century (oil on canvas)
6198985 Dundee From Tayport, 19th century (oil on canvas) by Mills, Charles S. (1859-1901); 63.5x76.2 cm; The McManus, Dundee, UK; Dundee Art Galleries and Museums

Background imageBrooding Collection: The painter Gerhard Munthe, 1885 (oil on canvas)

The painter Gerhard Munthe, 1885 (oil on canvas)
OVR390562 The painter Gerhard Munthe, 1885 (oil on canvas) by Krohg, Christian (1852-1925); 150x115 cm; Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

Background imageBrooding Collection: Male Dendtric jawfish (Opistognathus dendriticus) with incubating eggs in his mouth

Male Dendtric jawfish (Opistognathus dendriticus) with incubating eggs in his mouth, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean



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Brooding, a word that encompasses a multitude of emotions and actions, and is the soldier standing tall at the Canadian Memorial in Vancouver Corner, his eyes filled with sorrow and contemplation as he remembers the horrors of World War I, and is also the intense gaze of John Donne captured on canvas, his brooding expression revealing a depth of thought beyond words. In nature, brooding takes on different forms. The female Common Eider Duck delicately tends to her eggs on Inner Farne Island in Northumberland, UK. Her eye focused and feathers ruffled protectively around her precious offspring. Meanwhile, the Piping Plover diligently watches over her three chicks while another approaches eagerly, seeking warmth and protection. Even in solitude, brooding finds its place. The Common Loon perches at the edge of a serene lake in Acadia National Park, calling out with haunting cries that echo through the stillness. Napoleon himself is caught in a moment of introspection during his first abdication at Fontainebleau; Paul Delaroche's painting capturing both power and vulnerability. Winter brings its own sense as figures traverse an icy landscape within a village scene painted on canvas. The cold air hangs heavy with anticipation as life slows down under blankets of snow. Animals too experience this state of contemplation. A Domestic Cock stands proudly amidst hens and chicks; their presence evoking thoughts about nurturing and protection passed down through generations. Nature's beauty can also inspire moments of reflection while gazing upon breathtaking landscapes like the Cuillin Hills from Elgol harbor on Scotland's Isle of Skye or witnessing Roger Bacon lost deep in thought by Verhas' brushstrokes. Lastly, we witness dedication to family as Swallow-tailed Gulls incubate their nest together on Genovesa Island within Ecuador's Galapagos archipelago - an unwavering commitment to ensuring new life thrives against all odds.