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Chain Collection

"Unbreakable links: The fascinating world of chains" From the awe-inspiring engineering feats of Isambard Kingdom Brunel to the tragic fate of Anne Boleyn

Background imageChain Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, 1857, printed 1863-64

Background imageChain Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel with chains

Isambard Kingdom Brunel with chains
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 - 1859) Designer and builder of railroads, bridges, tunnels, steamships, docks &c. pictured in front of the launching chain of the Great Eastern

Background imageChain 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 imageChain Collection: Anne Boleyn / Players / 23

Anne Boleyn / Players / 23
ANNE BOLEYN Second Queen of Henry VIII from 1533 until 1536

Background imageChain Collection: FABRITIUS, Carel (1622-1654). The Goldfinch. ca

FABRITIUS, Carel (1622-1654). The Goldfinch. ca. 1654. NETHERLANDS. The Hague. Mauritshuis. Baroque art. Oil

Background imageChain Collection: Horn & Hardart Automat, New York City, USA

Horn & Hardart Automat, New York City, USA
Horn & Hardart Automat, 57th Street and 6th Avenue, New York City, USA, one of a large chain of cafes and restaurants serving over half a million people per day. Date: circa 1930

Background imageChain Collection: ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL (1806-1859). English engineer

ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL (1806-1859). English engineer. Brunel before the Great Eastern steamships braking drum chains, which lowered the ship from the slip for launching: photograph, 1857

Background imageChain Collection: Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963

Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963
Advertisement for Sobranie Cocktail cigarettes, available in a variety of fancy rainbow colours with gold tips - like all the best parties well bred, well dressed and perfectly packed. Date: 1963

Background imageChain Collection: Richard Iii / Players / 18

Richard Iii / Players / 18
KING RICHARD III OF ENGLAND Reigned 1483 - 1485

Background imageChain Collection: Nicolas Poster

Nicolas Poster
Poster for the Nicolas chain of wine shops, France

Background imageChain Collection: Metropolitan Police whistle and chain

Metropolitan Police whistle and chain
A Metropolitan Police whistle and chain

Background imageChain Collection: Busy street scene at Spitalfields, East End of London

Busy street scene at Spitalfields, East End of London
A busy street scene at Spitalfields in the East End of London. The location is the junction of Commercial Street and Brushfield Street. The building at the right is Spitalfields Market

Background imageChain Collection: Yellow Chocolate & Black Labrador Dogs

Yellow Chocolate & Black Labrador Dogs
JD-11509E Yellow Chocolate & Black Labrador Dogs John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageChain Collection: Lyons Corner House, 1931

Lyons Corner House, 1931
LYONS CORNER HOUSE, OXFORD STREET Opened in 1923, the Oxford Street restaurant was one of a chain owned by J Lyons and Co Ltd

Background imageChain Collection: White Hart, from The Wilton Diptych c. 1395-99 (egg tempera on oak) (verso)

White Hart, from The Wilton Diptych c. 1395-99 (egg tempera on oak) (verso)
XCF272271 White Hart, from The Wilton Diptych c.1395-99 (egg tempera on oak) (verso) by Master of the Wilton Diptych, (fl.c.1395-99); National Gallery, London

Background imageChain Collection: The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan - The Auditorium

The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan - The Auditorium. Opened in 1928 as a flagship movie palace in the Fox Theatres Chain. The first theatre to be designed to incorporate a speaker system for sound

Background imageChain Collection: DNA transcription, molecular model

DNA transcription, molecular model. Secondary structure of the enzyme RNA polymerase II synthesising a mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid, lilac) strand from a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)

Background imageChain Collection: Muscles used in cycling, 19th century

Muscles used in cycling, 19th century
Muscles used in cycling. Artwork from the tenth volume (second period of 1892) of the French popular science weekly La Science Illustree

Background imageChain Collection: Suspension Pier, Seaview, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England

Suspension Pier, Seaview, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England
The elegant Suspension Pier, Seaview, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England. The suspension pier was designed by Frank Caws, a Seaview-born engineer/architect then working in Sunderland

Background imageChain Collection: Sandbanks Chain Ferry No. 1 - Entrance to Poole Harbour

Sandbanks Chain Ferry No. 1 - Entrance to Poole Harbour
The No.1 steam-powered Sandbanks chain ferry. Sandbanks Ferry is a vehicular chain ferry which crosses the entrance of Poole Harbour in the English county of Dorset

Background imageChain Collection: Consequences, illustration by William Heath Robinson

Consequences, illustration by William Heath Robinson
Consequences -- How the thoughtlessness of a butterfly seriously affected a bishops corn, illustration by William Heath Robinson. Credit must appear as: Courtesy of Mrs J. C

Background imageChain Collection: Shah of Iran - Reza Shah Pevlavi

Shah of Iran - Reza Shah Pevlavi
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, (1919 - 1980). Emperor of Iran from 16th September 1941, until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11th February 1979"

Background imageChain Collection: Fowlers Steam Engine

Fowlers Steam Engine
Fowlers patent engine and windlass for steam-ploughing

Background imageChain Collection: Lyons Tea Shop, which is to close, Albemarle Street, London. 20th February 1969

Lyons Tea Shop, which is to close, Albemarle Street, London. 20th February 1969

Background imageChain Collection: Croagh Patrick mountain, Carrowkeeran, County Mayo, Connacht province, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Croagh Patrick mountain, Carrowkeeran, County Mayo, Connacht province, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Background imageChain Collection: I K Brunel / Chain Cdv

I K Brunel / Chain Cdv
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL Designer and builder of railroads, bridges, tunnels, steamships, docks &c. pictured in front of the anchor chain of the Great Eastern

Background imageChain Collection: Swiss flag on a mountain in the Alpstein Range, Appenzell, Switzerland, Alps, Europe

Swiss flag on a mountain in the Alpstein Range, Appenzell, Switzerland, Alps, Europe

Background imageChain Collection: Electric Chainsaw

Electric Chainsaw
Two men, possibly the foreman and an assistant, using an electric Damarm Chain Saw to saw up a huge tree trunk. Date: 1930s

Background imageChain Collection: Bayeux Tapestry 1067: Battle of Hastings, 14 October 1066. The death of Harold II

Bayeux Tapestry 1067: Battle of Hastings, 14 October 1066. The death of Harold II, last Anglo-Saxon king of England. Left, figure pulling arrow from eye and then being cut down by Norman knight

Background imageChain Collection: BAUDELAIRE: ILLUSTRATION. Illustration for Charles Baudelaires poem Les Fleurs du Mal, 1899

BAUDELAIRE: ILLUSTRATION. Illustration for Charles Baudelaires poem Les Fleurs du Mal, 1899

Background imageChain Collection: Metropolitan Police air raid siren

Metropolitan Police air raid siren
A Metropolitan Police air raid siren, as used in wartime

Background imageChain Collection: Caterpillar track steam engine by R. Hornsby & Sons

Caterpillar track steam engine by R. Hornsby & Sons
The first and original Caterpillar or walking engine made by R. Hornsby & Sons of Grantham. R. Hornsby & Sons grew into a major manufacturer of agricultural machinery, at their Spittle Gate Works

Background imageChain Collection: Clan Macdonald

Clan Macdonald
Clan MACDONALD OF THE ISLES clad in a coat of chain-mail, the chieftain with an angry look gives orders for some miscreant to be punished

Background imageChain Collection: George Ii / Players / 38 / 50

George Ii / Players / 38 / 50
GEORGE II, KING OF ENGLAND Reigned 1727 - 1760

Background imageChain Collection: Shaping metal with a steam hammer

Shaping metal with a steam hammer
Two metalworkers use a clamp and chain to hold a large piece of metal in place while it is shaped by a pneumatic steam hammer

Background imageChain Collection: Charles Ii / Players / 31 / 50

Charles Ii / Players / 31 / 50
CHARLES II British Royalty

Background imageChain Collection: Brighton / Chain Pier 1835

Brighton / Chain Pier 1835
The Chain Pier, Brighton, Sussex

Background imageChain Collection: Suffragette woman in the stocks, unsympathetic cartoon

Suffragette woman in the stocks, unsympathetic cartoon
Unsympathetic comment on Votes or Women 1913

Background imageChain Collection: 1950S Pinup Girl

1950S Pinup Girl
A 1950s model reclining wearing a rather revealing gold dress, gold earrings and gold ankle chain

Background imageChain Collection: Boston Waterfront Skyline and stormy skies, Boston, Massachusetts, New England

Boston Waterfront Skyline and stormy skies, Boston, Massachusetts, New England, United States of America, North America

Background imageChain Collection: Sir Francis Crossley, businessman, philanthropist and MP

Sir Francis Crossley, businessman, philanthropist and MP
Sir Francis Crossley (1817-1872), 1st Baronet of Halifax, British carpet manufacturer, philanthropist and Liberal Party politician. Date: 1860s

Background imageChain Collection: Cartier advertisement 1965

Cartier advertisement 1965
Advertisement for Cartier featuring a number of gold pieces of jewellery, 1965. 1965

Background imageChain Collection: Sutton Hoo Treasure. Royal shoulder-clasps. 7th-8th centurie

Sutton Hoo Treasure. Royal shoulder-clasps. 7th-8th centurie
Sutton Hoo Treasure. Royal shoulder-clasps decorated with inlaid gold, enamel and garnet. 7th-8th centuries AD. From Mound 1. Near Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. British Museum. London. England

Background imageChain Collection: Knight Templar, knight and Bishop

Knight Templar, knight and Bishop
Knight Templar stands on a Mediterranean shore, wearing the red cross on his cloak authorised by pope Eugenius III in 1146. Knight in chainmail, robe and holding shield and sword, and bishop

Background imageChain Collection: Decorated Christmas tree with toys and food below

Decorated Christmas tree with toys and food below. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageChain Collection: American Sherman Crab, army tank with chains spinning on a cylinder attached by steel arms

American Sherman Crab, army tank with chains spinning on a cylinder attached by steel arms

Background imageChain Collection: Convict Ship

Convict Ship
circa 1870: Convicts on a ship bound for Botany Bay, Australia. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageChain Collection: A Buddhist monk rings a prayer bell during the full moon celebrations, Bodhnath stupa, Bodhnath

A Buddhist monk rings a prayer bell during the full moon celebrations, Bodhnath stupa, Bodhnath, Nepal, Asia



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"Unbreakable links: The fascinating world of chains" From the awe-inspiring engineering feats of Isambard Kingdom Brunel to the tragic fate of Anne Boleyn, chains have played a significant role throughout history. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the visionary English engineer, stands proudly before the launching chains of his masterpiece, the Great Eastern. These massive chains symbolize his unwavering determination and innovation in revolutionizing transportation. In another era, Anne Boleyn's life was entangled with players and secrets. Her story remains shrouded in mystery as she became a pawn in a deadly game of power and betrayal. Traveling across continents to New York City's bustling streets, we find ourselves at Horn & Hardart Automat. This iconic eatery served up meals behind glass doors operated by intricate chain systems - an innovative concept that delighted patrons for decades. Meanwhile, Fabritius' famous painting "The Goldfinch" captures our attention with its delicate depiction of a tiny bird perched on a chain. A metaphorical representation reminding us that even fragile things can be bound by unseen forces. Shifting gears to Shakespearean drama, Richard III takes center stage alongside talented players who bring this captivating tale to life. Chains serve as symbolic props representing both physical restraint and emotional bondage within this gripping tragedy. Stepping into 1963, Sobranie cigarettes advertisement catches our eye with its sleek design featuring elegant women adorned with luxurious gold chains - an alluring image enticing consumers through glamour and sophistication. Venturing into London's vibrant Spitalfields district reveals a busy street scene where people from diverse backgrounds intermingle like interconnected links in society's chain - each contributing their unique stories to create a rich tapestry of culture. Amidst all these human connections lies the unbreakable bond between man and dog. Yellow Chocolate & Black Labrador Dogs embody loyalty as they faithfully accompany their owners through life, their leashes forming a tangible connection between species.