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Calais Collection

Calais, a city steeped in history and cultural significance

Background imageCalais Collection: The Jousts of St Inglevert, France, 1470-1475, (c1900-1920). Artist: Master of the Harley Froissart

The Jousts of St Inglevert, France, 1470-1475, (c1900-1920). Artist: Master of the Harley Froissart
The Jousts of St Inglevere, (c1900-1920). Jousting scene with ornate tents: knights in armour with lances parade across the field, while the audience looks

Background imageCalais Collection: Captain Woolf Barnato with his Bentley

Captain Woolf Barnato with his Bentley
Captain Woolf Barnato with his Speed Six Bentley fitted with a racing body. Woolf Barnato had just beaten the Blue Train from Monte Carlo to Calais in this (or similar) car

Background imageCalais Collection: The Gate of Calais. Etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

The Gate of Calais. Etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)
William Hogarth (1697-1764). British artist, engraver, illustrator and satirical painter. The Gate of Calais. Etching by Hogarth. Engraving. The Iberian Illustration, 1888. Colored

Background imageCalais Collection: Franco-British Exhibition, London - Unity

Franco-British Exhibition, London - Unity
Franco-British Exhibition, White City, Shepherds Bush, London - Unity. The main focus of the Franco-British Exhibition in 1908 was to celebrate the Entente Cordiale

Background imageCalais Collection: A couple walk arm in arm on a railway platform, beside the luxury locomotive the Golden Arrow

A couple walk arm in arm on a railway platform, beside the luxury locomotive the Golden Arrow, which linked London to Dover, where passengers caught the ferry to Calais, France. Date: 1947

Background imageCalais Collection: Art / Hogarth / Roast Beef

Art / Hogarth / Roast Beef
THE GATE OF CALAIS, OR, O THE ROAST BEEF OF OLD ENGLAND a satire on the well-fed English versus the poorly- fed French

Background imageCalais Collection: ENGLAND: ROWING, 1885. The row of an Oxford crew across the English Channel

ENGLAND: ROWING, 1885. The row of an Oxford crew across the English Channel from Dover to Calais - halfway across. Engraving, 1885

Background imageCalais Collection: Field / Cloth / Gold: Debay

Field / Cloth / Gold: Debay
FIELD OF THE CLOTH OF GOLD Francois I of France meets Henry VIII of England for a social/political get-together near Calais

Background imageCalais Collection: Continental Boat Express

Continental Boat Express
The (rear of) the double-headed Continental Boat Express train at Folkestone, Kent, England, the Southern terminal for the short sea route to Boulogne and Calais, France

Background imageCalais Collection: Sir Andrew Judde, Lord Mayor of London

Sir Andrew Judde, Lord Mayor of London
Sir Andrew Judd (or Judde, c.1492-1558), merchant, six times Master of the Skinners Company, Mayor of Calais and Lord Mayor of London. He founded a school in Tonbridge, Kent. Date: circa 1600

Background imageCalais Collection: Come Lad, Slip Across and Help, recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The

Come Lad, Slip Across and Help, recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The
" Come Lad, Slip Across and Help", recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London, 1915 (colour litho)

Background imageCalais Collection: The Burghers of Calais, statue by Rodin, in front of the Town Hall, Calais

The Burghers of Calais, statue by Rodin, in front of the Town Hall, Calais, Pas-de-Calais, Picardie (Picardy), France, Europe

Background imageCalais Collection: Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais, France - Mill and Old Fish Street

Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais, France - Mill and Old Fish Street
Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais, France - Mill on the River Canche view of the old Fish Street Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCalais Collection: Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais, France - Avenue de Boulogne

Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais, France - Avenue de Boulogne Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCalais Collection: Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel

Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries crossing the English Channel by balloon. They left Dover, crossed the sea, and landed near Blanay, between Calais and Boulogne

Background imageCalais Collection: STEAMSHIP TRAVEL POSTER. English poster, 1932, for Southern Railway advertising the Dover-Calais

STEAMSHIP TRAVEL POSTER. English poster, 1932, for Southern Railway advertising the Dover-Calais crossing of the English channel

Background imageCalais Collection: Train at Calais Dock / 28

Train at Calais Dock / 28
CALAIS - scene at dockside including the arrival of a train. Date: 1928

Background imageCalais Collection: CONFEDERATE WARSHIP, 1863. C. S. S. Rappahannock anchored at Calais, France

CONFEDERATE WARSHIP, 1863. C. S. S. Rappahannock anchored at Calais, France. Wood engraving, English, 1863
CONFEDERATE WARSHIP, 1863. C.S.S. Rappahannock anchored at Calais, France. Wood engraving, English, 1863

Background imageCalais Collection: Continental Boat Express

Continental Boat Express
The Continental Boat Express Boat Express train on the viaduct at Folkestone, Kent, England, en route to Calais and Boulogne, France

Background imageCalais Collection: Sunset at the beach of Cap Gris Nez and the view of Cap Blanc Nez, Audinghen, Boulogne sur Mer

Sunset at the beach of Cap Gris Nez and the view of Cap Blanc Nez, Audinghen, Boulogne sur Mer, Calais, Haute France, France

Background imageCalais Collection: Sunset at Cap Gris Nez , Audinghen, Boulogne sur Mer, Calais, Haute France, France

Sunset at Cap Gris Nez , Audinghen, Boulogne sur Mer, Calais, Haute France, France

Background imageCalais Collection: A table containing details of the main maritime ports that are represented in the map of

A table containing details of the main maritime ports that are represented in the map of the English Channel
7339430 A table containing details of the main maritime ports that are represented in the map of the English Channel, c.1780 (paper, linen) by Unknown artist

Calais: Monument des Sauveteurs (b/w photo)
8639998 Calais: Monument des Sauveteurs (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Monument des Sauveteurs)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: L'Eglise, Choeur de Notre Dame de Calais (b/w photo)

Calais: L'Eglise, Choeur de Notre Dame de Calais (b/w photo)
8640002 Calais: L'Eglise, Choeur de Notre Dame de Calais (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: L'Eglise, Choeur de Notre Dame de Calais)

Calais: Vers les Jetees (colour photo)
8653738 Calais: Vers les Jetees (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vers les Jetees)

Calais: Le Casino et la Plage (colour photo)
8653737 Calais: Le Casino et la Plage (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Casino et la Plage)

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Background imageCalais Collection: Matthew Webb

Matthew Webb
3586312 Matthew Webb; (add.info.: Portrait of Matthew Webb (1848-1883) the first recorded person to swim the English Channel without the use of aids

Background imageCalais Collection: Charles Renard and A C Krebs in the electric powered air-ship 'La France'

Charles Renard and A C Krebs in the electric powered air-ship 'La France'
3732863 Charles Renard and A C Krebs in the electric powered air-ship 'La France'; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Charles Renard and A. C)

Background imageCalais Collection: Gendarmes examining passengers

Gendarmes examining passengers
5616121 Gendarmes examining passengers; (add.info.: Illustration depicting Gendarmes examining passengers from a Channel steamer as they disembark at Calais. Dated 19th Century)

Background imageCalais Collection: Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer, 1850

Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer, 1850
3330670 Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer fouling the pier at Calais)

Background imageCalais Collection: Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer, 1850

Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer, 1850
3330664 Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer fouling the pier at Calais)

Background imageCalais Collection: Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer, 1850

Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer, 1850
3330655 Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Henry Bessemer's cross-channel steamer fouling the pier at Calais)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais, Tour du Guet, Hotel de Ville et Beffroi (engraving)

Calais, Tour du Guet, Hotel de Ville et Beffroi (engraving)
8637548 Calais, Tour du Guet, Hotel de Ville et Beffroi (engraving) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Calais, Tour du Guet, Hotel de Ville et Beffroi)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: Monument des Bourgeois de Calais (b/w photo)

Calais: Monument des Bourgeois de Calais (b/w photo)
8639993 Calais: Monument des Bourgeois de Calais (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Monument des Bourgeois de Calais)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: La Gare, Cote Nord (colour photo)

Calais: La Gare, Cote Nord (colour photo)
8653739 Calais: La Gare, Cote Nord (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: La Gare, Cote Nord)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: La Gare Maritime (colour photo)

Calais: La Gare Maritime (colour photo)
8653731 Calais: La Gare Maritime (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: La Gare Maritime)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: Le Bassin du Paradis (colour photo)

Calais: Le Bassin du Paradis (colour photo)
8653735 Calais: Le Bassin du Paradis (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Bassin du Paradis)

Background imageCalais Collection: The bourgeois of Calais take hostage to Edward of England (1312-1377)

The bourgeois of Calais take hostage to Edward of England (1312-1377), during the siege of Calais (1346)
FLO4607638 The bourgeois of Calais take hostage to Edward of England (1312-1377), during the siege of Calais (1346) - Surrender of Calais to King Edward III, 1346. Copperplate engraving by J

Background imageCalais Collection: Matthew Webb arriving at Calais

Matthew Webb arriving at Calais
3586315 Matthew Webb arriving at Calais; (add.info.: Illustration depicting Matthew Webb (1848-1883) the first recorded person to swim the English Channel without the use of aids, arriving in Calais

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais (engraving)

Calais (engraving)
8622211 Calais (engraving) by Seymour, George L. (fl.1876-1916); Private Collection; (add.info.: Calais. Illustration for The English Illustrated Magazine 1888-89 (Macmillan)

Background imageCalais Collection: The Fox and the Grapes (colour litho)

The Fox and the Grapes (colour litho)
8635629 The Fox and the Grapes (colour litho) by Sancha y Lengo, Francisco (1874-1936); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fox and the Grapes. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn.

Background imageCalais Collection: Landing of Henry at Calais on his way to the Field of the Cloth of Gold (engraving)

Landing of Henry at Calais on his way to the Field of the Cloth of Gold (engraving)
8636234 Landing of Henry at Calais on his way to the Field of the Cloth of Gold (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: Eglise Notre-Dame de Calais, cote Nord (b/w photo)

Calais: Eglise Notre-Dame de Calais, cote Nord (b/w photo)
8640005 Calais: Eglise Notre-Dame de Calais, cote Nord (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Eglise Notre-Dame de Calais, cote Nord)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: Vue de Calais, Nord, prise de la Tour de l'Eglise Notre-Dame (b/w photo)

Calais: Vue de Calais, Nord, prise de la Tour de l'Eglise Notre-Dame (b/w photo)
8640004 Calais: Vue de Calais, Nord, prise de la Tour de l'Eglise Notre-Dame (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vue de Calais, Nord)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: Gare Centrale (b/w photo)

Calais: Gare Centrale (b/w photo)
8640000 Calais: Gare Centrale (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gare Centrale. Illustration for Calais, Album-Souvenir (Thiriat-Deguines, c.1920)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: Tour du Guet, Ancien Hotel de Ville, Musee (b/w photo)

Calais: Tour du Guet, Ancien Hotel de Ville, Musee (b/w photo)
8639997 Calais: Tour du Guet, Ancien Hotel de Ville, Musee (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tour du Guet, Ancien Hotel de Ville, Musee)

Background imageCalais Collection: Calais: Le Nouveau Pont et l'Avenue de la Plage (colour photo)

Calais: Le Nouveau Pont et l'Avenue de la Plage (colour photo)
8653736 Calais: Le Nouveau Pont et l'Avenue de la Plage (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Nouveau Pont et l'Avenue de la Plage)



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Calais, a city steeped in history and cultural significance. From the iconic Captain Woolf Barnato with his Bentley to the Franco-British Exhibition in London promoting unity, it has left an indelible mark on our collective memory. Art enthusiasts are drawn to Calais for its connection to renowned painter Hogarth and his masterpiece depicting the traditional English dish of roast beef. The image evokes a sense of nostalgia and pride in our culinary heritage. The spirit of adventure is alive in Calais, as seen through the daring rowing feat of an Oxford crew crossing the treacherous English Channel. Their determination exemplifies the resilience that defines this remarkable city. Fields adorned with golden cloth capture the essence of Debay's work, showcasing nature's beauty intertwined with human creativity. It serves as a reminder that art can be found even in unexpected places. The Continental Boat Express stands as a testament to Calais' role as a gateway between nations, facilitating travel and fostering connections across borders. This transportation marvel has brought people together for generations. In 1947, amidst post-war recovery efforts, lovers strolled arm-in-arm on railway platforms beside the luxurious locomotive known as the "Golden Arrow. " This symbolized hope and renewal as passengers embarked on their journey from London to Dover before catching a ferry to Calais. William Hogarth immortalized The Gate through his etching, capturing its architectural grandeur for future generations to admire. His attention to detail transports us back in time and allows us to appreciate this historical landmark anew. Sir Andrew Judde, Lord Mayor of London during Tudor times, played a significant role in shaping both cities' destinies by fostering trade relations between them. His legacy lives on through these enduring ties. During World War I, recruitment posters like "Come Lad Slip Across and Help" rallied young men from all walks of life towards duty and sacrifice. These powerful images remind us of the bravery and selflessness exhibited by those who answered the call.