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"Captivating Cranes: From Barcelona to Belfast" Majestic and towering, cranes grace the skyline of Spain's vibrant city, Barcelona

Background imageCrane Collection: Walter Cranes Garland

Walter Cranes Garland
Walter Crane shows his political allegiance in this May Day design. The ribbon that holds the garland of flowers together bears the slogans of his creed

Background imageCrane Collection: Dockers busy unloading cargo at Cardiff Docks, a port in southern Cardiff, Wales

Dockers busy unloading cargo at Cardiff Docks, a port in southern Cardiff, Wales. 18th April 1939

Background imageCrane Collection: The Workers May-Pole, design for a socialist poster

The Workers May-Pole, design for a socialist poster
The Workers May-Pole, a design for a socialist poster, with a central allegorical figure, and banners and ribbons labelled with abstract ideas such as Leisure, Solidarity and Humanity. Date: 1894

Background imageCrane Collection: Spain, Barcelona. Sagrada Familia Cathedral, designed by Antoni Gaudi

Spain, Barcelona. Sagrada Familia Cathedral, designed by Antoni Gaudi

Background imageCrane Collection: MAP: BRITISH EMPIRE, 1886. Map, 1886, of the British Empire by Walter Crane

MAP: BRITISH EMPIRE, 1886. Map, 1886, of the British Empire by Walter Crane. The small insert shows, in red, the extent of the British territories in 1786

Background imageCrane Collection: Sunset view of River Clyde, Finnieston Crane, The Hydro and the Armadillo, Glasgow

Sunset view of River Clyde, Finnieston Crane, The Hydro and the Armadillo, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCrane Collection: The Tyne Bridge under construction, 27th February 1928 (b / w photo)

The Tyne Bridge under construction, 27th February 1928 (b / w photo)
907790 The Tyne Bridge under construction, 27th February 1928 (b/w photo) by Geddie, James (1879-1944); Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; eTyne & Wear Archives & Museums; British, out of copyright

Background imageCrane Collection: Red-crowned Crane - pair displaying, necks intertwined. In snow Hokkaido, Japan

Red-crowned Crane - pair displaying, necks intertwined. In snow Hokkaido, Japan
WAT-8308 Red-crowned Crane - pair displaying, necks intertwined. In snow Hokkaido, Japan Grus japonensis M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageCrane Collection: Preston Docks, Lancashire

Preston Docks, Lancashire
A wonderful photograph showing the Bardic Ferry unloading British Road Services trucks while docked at the quayside in Preston, Lancashire. Photograph by Heinz Zinram

Background imageCrane Collection: Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass (oil on panel)

Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass (oil on panel)
XIR136795 Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass (oil on panel) by Champaigne, Philippe de (1602-74); Musee de Tesse, Le Mans, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageCrane Collection: Three Japanese Geisha girls playing Go

Three Japanese Geisha girls playing Go
Three Japanese Geisha girls in Kobe, Japan, playing the popular boardgame Go in their beautiful Kimonos

Background imageCrane Collection: Prospect of Whitby CXP01_01_111

Prospect of Whitby CXP01_01_111
Prospect of Whitby, Wapping Wall, Wapping, Tower Hamlets, Greater London. The river elevation of the Prospect of Whitby pub seen from south-west on the riverbank at Wapping

Background imageCrane 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 imageCrane Collection: Gaudis Cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, still under construction, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Gaudis Cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, still under construction, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe

Background imageCrane Collection: Aerial image of Centre Court and Number 1 Court, All-England Club (All England Lawn Tennis

Aerial image of Centre Court and Number 1 Court, All-England Club (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club), Wimbledon, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCrane Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of Polkanuggo Quarry with steam traction engine BETA No 483 and workers posing for the camera. The traction engine was made around June 1885 by John Fowler of Leeds

Background imageCrane Collection: Wallsend-on-Tyne - Shipbuilding

Wallsend-on-Tyne - Shipbuilding and the BP Tanker British Hazel in dock. Date: 1963

Background imageCrane Collection: Felixstowe Beach from the pier with Container Port cranes in the distance, Felixstowe, Suffolk

Felixstowe Beach from the pier with Container Port cranes in the distance, Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCrane Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20122152

EyeUbiquitous_20122152
Ireland, County Antrim, Belfast, Queens Island, Harland and Wolff cranes Samson and Goliath

Background imageCrane Collection: Faerie Queene, c1900. Artist: Walter Crane

Faerie Queene, c1900. Artist: Walter Crane
Faerie Queene, c1900. The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser (1553-1599), illustrated by Walter Crane (1845-1915). From Modern Pen Drawings: European and American, Edited by Charles Holme

Background imageCrane Collection: Sandhill cranes dancing on the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, USA

Sandhill cranes dancing on the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, USA

Background imageCrane Collection: RMS Queen Elizabeth, Cunard Lines

RMS Queen Elizabeth, Cunard Lines
Cruise liner RMS Queen Elizabeth, Cunard Lines. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageCrane Collection: CRANE AND HORSEMAN. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, attributed to William John Wilgus

CRANE AND HORSEMAN. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, attributed to William John Wilgus. Oil, c1835

Background imageCrane Collection: Part of the tremendous stores of Stephen and Sons Ltd shipyard, Glasgow

Part of the tremendous stores of Stephen and Sons Ltd shipyard, Glasgow. This was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Linthouse, Govan in Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Circa, 1950s

Background imageCrane Collection: River Clyde, shipbuilding industry in Glasgow, Scotland. May 1951

River Clyde, shipbuilding industry in Glasgow, Scotland. May 1951

Background imageCrane Collection: Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) pair in wetland, Oregon, USA

Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) pair in wetland, Oregon, USA
The sandhill crane is a species of large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. The common name of this bird refers to habitat like that at the Platte River

Background imageCrane Collection: A nuclear submarine berthing at Devonport docks, Plymouth, Devon, 1980

A nuclear submarine berthing at Devonport docks, Plymouth, Devon, 1980. The site has been established as a naval construction and refit yard since 1690

Background imageCrane Collection: Devonshire Dock - Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Devonshire Dock - Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCrane Collection: Building work on the widening of the Swanley Bridge in Kent. 1938

Building work on the widening of the Swanley Bridge in Kent. 1938

Background imageCrane Collection: Road works at Swanley - widening the road. 1938

Road works at Swanley - widening the road. 1938

Background imageCrane Collection: Cowens Sheldon & Co Ltd 15T breakdown crane No. 1

Cowens Sheldon & Co Ltd 15T breakdown crane No. 1
Built 1901. Changed to No.8 in 1910 and was stationed at Newton Abbot

Background imageCrane Collection: Launch Of Prospero

Launch Of Prospero
The satellite Prospero X-3 is launched from the RaF test range in Woomera, South Australia, by a British Black Arrow carrier rocket, 28th October 1971

Background imageCrane Collection: IRVING: SLEEPY HOLLOW. The headless horseman scares Ichabod Crane out of town

IRVING: SLEEPY HOLLOW. The headless horseman scares Ichabod Crane out of town. Wood engraving, American, 1876, for Washington Irvings The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, first published in 1819

Background imageCrane Collection: Glasgow City, 2010

Glasgow City, 2010
Glasgow, Glasgow, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND facing West. NCAP: RCAHMS Aerial Survey - 12/02/2010

Background imageCrane Collection: West End, Glasgow, 1950

West End, Glasgow, 1950
Kelvinside, Govan, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND facing South East. NCAP: RAF: National Air Photograph Survey - 03/04/1950

Background imageCrane Collection: Container port, Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Container port, Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCrane Collection: Footbridge at Saltford, c1900

Footbridge at Saltford, c1900
Two steam cranes lifting the girders of a footbridge into place

Background imageCrane Collection: Shipbuilding, Glasgow, Scotland, 6th March 1971. Face of Britain 1971 Feature

Shipbuilding, Glasgow, Scotland, 6th March 1971. Face of Britain 1971 Feature

Background imageCrane Collection: Red-crowned Crane - Courtship display - Kushiro Shitsugen National Park - Hokkaido - Japan

Red-crowned Crane - Courtship display - Kushiro Shitsugen National Park - Hokkaido - Japan - eastern Eurasia JPF40133
JPF-13530 Red-crowned Crane - Courtship display Kushiro Shitsugen National Park - Hokkaido - Japan - eastern Eurasia Grus japonensis Jean-Paul Ferrero Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageCrane Collection: Cranes on an apartment building site, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Cranes on an apartment building site, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCrane Collection: Greater Sandhill Cranes - in winter, feeding in maize (corn) field

Greater Sandhill Cranes - in winter, feeding in maize (corn) field. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
ROG-12021 Greater Sandhill Cranes - in winter, feeding in maize (corn) field. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA

Background imageCrane Collection: Gaudi church architecture

Gaudi church architecture, La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalunya (Catalonia) (Cataluna), Spain, Europe

Background imageCrane Collection: Common Crane - in flight over lake at sunrise. Nigula national park - Estonia

Common Crane - in flight over lake at sunrise. Nigula national park - Estonia
WAT-12543 Common Crane - in flight over lake at sunrise. Nigula national park - Estonia Grus grus M. Watson Please note that prints are personal display purposes only

Background imageCrane Collection: Greater Sandhill Cranes - in flight, coming in to winter roost at sunset

Greater Sandhill Cranes - in flight, coming in to winter roost at sunset
ROG-12023 Greater Sandhill Cranes - in flight, coming in to winter roost at sunset. New Mexico, USA Grus canadensis Bob Gibbons Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageCrane Collection: Penny-Ice Man / Crane

Penny-Ice Man / Crane
The ice cream man sells penny licks to the children gathered around his cart

Background imageCrane Collection: Lesser Sandhill Cranes - in flight - to roost at sunset - with Mount Diablo beyond

Lesser Sandhill Cranes - in flight - to roost at sunset - with Mount Diablo beyond. Central Valley, California
ROG-14187 Lesser Sandhill Cranes - in flight - to roost at sunset - with Mount Diablo beyond Central Valley, California, USA Grus canadensis Bob Gibbons Please note that prints are for personal

Background imageCrane Collection: Burma (Myanmar) - Rangoon (Yangon) - Elephants

Burma (Myanmar) - Rangoon (Yangon) - Elephants
Elephant scenes from Yangon (formerly Rangoon), Myanmar (formerly Burma). The Elphants are being shipped onto a steamer and working/moving teak logs

Background imageCrane Collection: The Burj Dubai the worlds tallest building in Dubai

The Burj Dubai the worlds tallest building in Dubai
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"Captivating Cranes: From Barcelona to Belfast" Majestic and towering, cranes grace the skyline of Spain's vibrant city, Barcelona, where the iconic Sagrada Familia Cathedral stands as a testament to Antoni Gaudi's genius. Walter Crane's intricate map of the British Empire in 1886 takes us on a journey through time, showcasing the vastness and influence of this once mighty realm. In an artistic nod to social change, Crane's design for "The Workers May-Pole" poster captures the spirit of socialism with its powerful imagery. As sunset paints a breathtaking canvas over Glasgow's River Clyde, it illuminates not only Finnieston Crane but also The Hydro and Armadillo - symbols of architectural grandeur. A bird's-eye view reveals Centre Court and Number 1 Court at All-England Club; these hallowed grounds have witnessed countless tennis legends etching their names into history. Inspired by nature's beauty, Walter Crane weaves his garland masterpiece with delicate strokes that celebrate life and its ephemeral wonders. Vanitas Still Life by an unknown artist reminds us of life's fleeting nature as it juxtaposes a tulip in bloom with reminders of mortality - a skull and hourglass. Amidst Hokkaido's snowy landscape in Japan, red-crowned cranes enchant observers with their elegant dance; necks intertwined like eternal lovers against the wintry backdrop. Preston Docks in Lancashire stand as silent witnesses to centuries-old maritime trade routes that shaped local communities' livelihoods while connecting distant lands. Polkanuggo Quarry in Stithians transports us back to early 20th-century Cornwall when stone extraction fueled industrial growth while leaving behind awe-inspiring landscapes carved by man-made forces.