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"Capturing the Essence of Common Life: A Glimpse into History" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the everyday scenes that shaped common life throughout history

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Greenwich from Blackwall Reach, c.1830-40 (oil on canvas)

Greenwich from Blackwall Reach, c.1830-40 (oil on canvas)
7337801 Greenwich from Blackwall Reach, c.1830-40 (oil on canvas) by British School, (19th century); 55.9x77.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCommon Life Collection: The Dinner Hour, Wigan, 1874 (oil on canvas)

The Dinner Hour, Wigan, 1874 (oil on canvas)
MAN62941 The Dinner Hour, Wigan, 1874 (oil on canvas) by Crowe, Eyre (1824-1910); 76.3x107 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: by Eyre Crowe); © Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageCommon Life Collection: San Samuele, Venice (w / c)

San Samuele, Venice (w / c)
7076663 San Samuele, Venice (w/c) by Campo, Federico del (1878-1912); 25.5x18.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Campo, Federico del (1878-1912))

Background imageCommon Life Collection: An Encounter on the Road, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)

An Encounter on the Road, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)
5895234 An Encounter on the Road, c.1900 (oil on canvas) by Walbourn, Ernest (1872-1927); 61x91.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Walbourn, Ernest (1872-1927))

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Untitled, Carl Emile Muecke, 19th century (oil on canvas)

Untitled, Carl Emile Muecke, 19th century (oil on canvas)
8620094 Untitled, Carl Emile Muecke, 19th century (oil on canvas) by Mucke, Karl (1806-91); Fine arts museum, Sa'd Abad museum complex, Tehran, Iran; (add.info.: Untitled, Carl Emile Muecke)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Unfortunate news, 1882 (oil on canvas)

Unfortunate news, 1882 (oil on canvas)
8620201 Unfortunate news, 1882 (oil on canvas) by Scherer, Giorgio (1831-96); Stuard gallery, Parma, Italy; (add.info.: Infausta notizia, 1882, Giorgio Scherer, oil on canvas, Stuard gallery, Parma)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, c.1880 (print)

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, c.1880 (print)
7293310 Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, c.1880 (print); (add.info.: Geopraphy. France. Children playing in the jardin du Luxembourg, in Paris)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Market in Alexandria, c.1910 (print)

Market in Alexandria, c.1910 (print)
7292976 Market in Alexandria, c.1910 (print); (add.info.: Geography. Egypt. A native market in Alexandria. Postcard, Egypt, ca 1910.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Fisher's Alley (or Fisher Lane): animation of the inhabitants

Fisher's Alley (or Fisher Lane): animation of the inhabitants, northwest of the King Charles Court of Greenwich
MMM5457557 Fisher's Alley (or Fisher Lane): animation of the inhabitants, northwest of the King Charles Court of Greenwich Hospital (the current site of Greenwich Pier), London

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Meal scene, a servant does the service. Xylography of the 15th century

Meal scene, a servant does the service. Xylography of the 15th century
FGL5485170 Meal scene, a servant does the service. Xylography of the 15th century; Fototeca Gilardi

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Scene aboard the HMS Deal Castle, during a trip from the West Indies, in 1775

Scene aboard the HMS Deal Castle, during a trip from the West Indies, in 1775
MMM5480429 Scene aboard the HMS Deal Castle, during a trip from the West Indies, in 1775. Watercolor, 1804, by Thomas Hearne (1744-1817)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Calendar: representation of the month of October: agricultural work

Calendar: representation of the month of October: agricultural work. The two zodiacal signs of the month are depicted
FGL5474181 Calendar: representation of the month of October: agricultural work. The two zodiacal signs of the month are depicted on the right: scorpion and scales

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Two sailors getting lost on the Pallas bridge

Two sailors getting lost on the Pallas bridge
MMM5480445 Two sailors getting lost on the Pallas bridge by Bray, Gabriel (1750-1823); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Two sailors getting lost on the Pallas bridge)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Bad Tolz in the Isar Valley in Upper Bavaria (postcard)

Bad Tolz in the Isar Valley in Upper Bavaria (postcard)
7377762 Bad Tolz in the Isar Valley in Upper Bavaria (postcard); (add.info.: market street with Marienbrunnen, children, cars); © Arkivi UG All Rights Reserved

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Two crew with large fish onboard HMS Penguin (1876), 1902-05 (cellulose nitrate negative)

Two crew with large fish onboard HMS Penguin (1876), 1902-05 (cellulose nitrate negative)
7341045 Two crew with large fish onboard HMS Penguin (1876), 1902-05 (cellulose nitrate negative) by British Photographer, (19th-20th century); 9.7x12.3 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Market in a little village in Conchinchina, Mekong delta (Now Vietnam), James Cook travels

Market in a little village in Conchinchina, Mekong delta (Now Vietnam), James Cook travels, 1835 (Print)
7295224 Market in a little village in Conchinchina, Mekong delta (Now Vietnam), James Cook travels, 1835 (Print); Private Collection; Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Evening lesson, c.1900 (chromolithograph)

Evening lesson, c.1900 (chromolithograph)
7293389 Evening lesson, c.1900 (chromolithograph); (add.info.: Education. Girls lessons after school. Chromo, France, ca 1900.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Cadix, 1833 (engraving)

Cadix, 1833 (engraving)
7273640 Cadix, 1833 (engraving); 19.3x28.8 cm; JMK Archiv, Bremen, Germany; (add.info.: Captions Cadix, Cadiz; Cadiz and Bibl. Inst. in Hildbh. and N. York., Friedr. Geissler Direx. H)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Peasants, 1928 (oil on canvas)

Peasants, 1928 (oil on canvas)
LAF470863 Peasants, 1928 (oil on canvas) by Brusselmans, Jean (1884-1953); 150.2x149.8 cm; Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium; © Art in Flanders

Background imageCommon Life Collection: The promenade at the lighthouse, Royan, 1902 (b/w photo)

The promenade at the lighthouse, Royan, 1902 (b/w photo)
ELD4833695 The promenade at the lighthouse, Royan, 1902 (b/w photo); Private Collection; (add.info.: The promenade at the lighthouse, two women from the bourgeoisie of Royan (Charente-Maritime)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Capital letters Plate in 'Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet'

Capital letters Plate in "Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet", 1892 (engraving)
DUV4220674 Capital letters Plate in "Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet", 1892 (engraving); 27x17.5 cm; (add.info)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Nannies in the Saint-Pierre gardens, in Montmartre, 1906 (b/w photo)

Nannies in the Saint-Pierre gardens, in Montmartre, 1906 (b/w photo)
ELD4939194 Nannies in the Saint-Pierre gardens, in Montmartre, 1906 (b/w photo); Private Collection; Photo © The Holbarn Archive

Background imageCommon Life Collection: American prison life, 1850

American prison life, 1850
3479365 American prison life, 1850; (add.info.: American prison life: New York City house of correction, Blackwell's Island. Convicts on outdoor work.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Daily life and customs of Peru, watercolour painting, 18th century

Daily life and customs of Peru, watercolour painting, 18th century
AIS5381476 Daily life and customs of Peru, watercolour painting, 18th century; Biblioteca del Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: Daily life and customs of Peru)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Breakfast for Three 1909 (Oil on canvas)

Breakfast for Three 1909 (Oil on canvas)
8766577 Breakfast for Three 1909 (Oil on canvas) by Curran, Charles Courtney (1861-1942); 50.8x76.2 cm; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; © High Museum of Art

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Encampment of Native Americans, a family seated near a teepee, 19th century (engraving)

Encampment of Native Americans, a family seated near a teepee, 19th century (engraving)
AIS5336606 Encampment of Native Americans, a family seated near a teepee, 19th century (engraving); (add.info.: A family settled near a teepee)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Market in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, around 1900, bird shop (photo)

Market in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, around 1900, bird shop (photo)
PCT4256526 Market in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, around 1900, bird shop (photo); 4 x 4 cm; © Patrice Cartier. All rights reserved 2023

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Boat trip around 1900, crossing Barcelona/Rio de Janeiro (photo)

Boat trip around 1900, crossing Barcelona/Rio de Janeiro (photo)
PCT4256494 Boat trip around 1900, crossing Barcelona/Rio de Janeiro (photo); 4 x 4 cm; © Patrice Cartier. All rights reserved 2023

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Letter X as xylograph. Doll's alphabet. Imaging of Pont-a-Mousson by Louis Vagne

Letter X as xylograph. Doll's alphabet. Imaging of Pont-a-Mousson by Louis Vagne, c.1900 (lithograph)
DUV4201872 Letter X as xylograph. Doll's alphabet. Imaging of Pont-a-Mousson by Louis Vagne, c.1900 (lithograph); 31.5x24.5 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Duvallon

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Four English royal sailors in uniform, eating peas under the upper hatch, aboard the Pallas

Four English royal sailors in uniform, eating peas under the upper hatch, aboard the Pallas, November 1774
MMM5480468 Four English royal sailors in uniform, eating peas under the upper hatch, aboard the Pallas, November 1774; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCommon Life Collection: A fishing sailor sitting on a cannon

A fishing sailor sitting on a cannon
MMM5480453 A fishing sailor sitting on a cannon by Bray, Gabriel (1750-1823); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: A fishing sailor sitting on a cannon)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Calendar: representation of the month of November. Breeding pigs in a prochery: at the bottom

Calendar: representation of the month of November. Breeding pigs in a prochery: at the bottom
FGL5474194 Calendar: representation of the month of November. Breeding pigs in a prochery: at the bottom, pigs eat chestnuts while in front, farmers slaughter a pig and harvest blood to make pudding

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Calendar: March representation: agricultural work. The two zodiacal signs of the month are

Calendar: March representation: agricultural work. The two zodiacal signs of the month are depicted on the right
FGL5474170 Calendar: March representation: agricultural work. The two zodiacal signs of the month are depicted on the right: fish and am

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Repair of sails on board the Brickdale, during a trip from Bristol, to Sabine Pass

Repair of sails on board the Brickdale, during a trip from Bristol, to Sabine Pass, Texas (United States)
MMM5462246 Repair of sails on board the Brickdale, during a trip from Bristol, to Sabine Pass, Texas (United States, United States), between April and June 1920 by Everett

Background imageCommon Life Collection: On board the Birkdale, the lounge with Captain Walmsley and his second in command, Mr Macwatters

On board the Birkdale, the lounge with Captain Walmsley and his second in command, Mr Macwatters
MMM5465054 On board the Birkdale, the lounge with Captain Walmsley and his second in command, Mr Macwatters, this ship transported nitrate to the Chilean coast between 1892 and 1927 by Everett

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Landscape with a village on the edge of a river, both banks are visible

Landscape with a village on the edge of a river, both banks are visible and various small businesses are represented
MMM5459231 Landscape with a village on the edge of a river, both banks are visible and various small businesses are represented, on the left

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Drawing of a money changer money lender in Paris, France circa 1880

Drawing of a money changer money lender in Paris, France circa 1880
UIG5634482 Drawing of a money changer money lender in Paris, France circa 1880

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Medieval cuisine: the cup of soup after the hunting party. Xylography of the 15th century

Medieval cuisine: the cup of soup after the hunting party. Xylography of the 15th century
FGL5485211 Medieval cuisine: the cup of soup after the hunting party. Xylography of the 15th century; Fototeca Gilardi

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Khan El Khalili bazaar, Cairo, c.1910 (b/w photo)

Khan El Khalili bazaar, Cairo, c.1910 (b/w photo)
7292984 Khan El Khalili bazaar, Cairo, c.1910 (b/w photo); (add.info.: Geography. Egypt. Khan El Khalili bazaar, Cairo. Photo, Egypt, ca 1910.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Khan El Khalili bazaar, Cairo, c.1910 (photo)

Khan El Khalili bazaar, Cairo, c.1910 (photo)
7293079 Khan El Khalili bazaar, Cairo, c.1910 (photo); (add.info.: Geography. Egypt. Khan El Khalili bazaar, Cairo. Photo, Egypt, ca 1910.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Mexicans, Plaza at Tepic [Mexico], Augt 19th - 13th 1850, 1850 (watercolour)

Mexicans, Plaza at Tepic [Mexico], Augt 19th - 13th 1850, 1850 (watercolour)
7295619 Mexicans, Plaza at Tepic [Mexico], Augt 19th - 13th 1850, 1850 (watercolour) by Fanshawe, Admiral Sir Edward Gennys (1814-1906); 17.5x25.8 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Meat traders and butchers at the cattle market of la Villette, Paris, 1890 (engraving)

Meat traders and butchers at the cattle market of la Villette, Paris, 1890 (engraving)
ELD4836759 Meat traders and butchers at the cattle market of la Villette, Paris, 1890 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Merchants at the Halles market in Paris, 1893 (engraving)

Merchants at the Halles market in Paris, 1893 (engraving)
ELD4835560 Merchants at the Halles market in Paris, 1893 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Merchants at the Halles market in Paris - Engraving in "Promenades a Paris" by Alexis)

Background imageCommon Life Collection: American prison life, 1850

American prison life, 1850
3479367 American prison life, 1850; (add.info.: American prison life: New York City house of correction, Blackwell's Island. Convicts returning from outdoor work.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageCommon Life Collection: American prison life, 1850

American prison life, 1850
3479366 American prison life, 1850; (add.info.: American prison life: New York City house of correction, Blackwell's Island.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Transport in Japan, early 20th century (print)

Transport in Japan, early 20th century (print)
2553724 Transport in Japan, early 20th century (print); (add.info.: trasportation in Japan, early 20th century illustration); Photo © CCI

Background imageCommon Life Collection: Evening gathering, c.1850 (print)

Evening gathering, c.1850 (print)
8698474 Evening gathering, c.1850 (print); (add.info.: Agriculture. Evening gathering in the stable. Epinal print, France, ca 1850.); © Archives Charmet

Background imageCommon Life Collection: To the King's most excellent Majesty this view of the River & Shipping at Limehouse

To the King's most excellent Majesty this view of the River & Shipping at Limehouse, 1793 (aquatint & etching)
7342491 To the King's most excellent Majesty this view of the River & Shipping at Limehouse, 1793 (aquatint & etching, hand-coloured) by Dodd



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"Capturing the Essence of Common Life: A Glimpse into History" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the everyday scenes that shaped common life throughout history. From bustling city streets to serene village landscapes, these artworks offer a window into the lives of ordinary people. In San Samuele, Venice (w/c), we witness the vibrant energy of Venetian life as gondolas glide through canals, reflecting colorful facades. An Encounter on the Road, c. 1900 (oil on canvas) transports us to a chance meeting between travelers, highlighting the serendipity found along life's journey. De Waag (Weighing House) and Crane on the Spaarne, Haarlem, 1660-98 (oil on panel) showcases a busy harbor scene where merchants unload goods from ships while The Crane on the Antwerp quay by the frozen Scheldt, 1622 (oil on panel) captures a winter day's work amidst icy conditions. View of the Village of Eemnes, 1778 (oil on canvas) invites us to explore rustic charm and simplicity as villagers go about their daily routines. Education in the 18th and 19th centuries provides insight into classroom dynamics with wood engravings from The History of Our Country published in 1905. An open-air Party, 1615 (oil on panel) reveals joyous celebrations under an expansive sky while The Dam in Amsterdam with the new Town Hall under Construction, 1652-89 (oil on canvas), documents progress shaping urban landscapes. Les Lavandieres (Washerwomen), 1870-1880 (w/c with gouache & gum arabic ) portrays women laboring at riversides - their strength and resilience evident. Femme au Tub (1884 pastel paper)demonstrates intimate moments within domestic settings; capturing vulnerability and self-care rituals. Lastly, Cliedven Woods, c.