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Crowded: A Complete Wash-out by William Heath Robinson captures the chaos and commotion of a bustling scene

Background imageCrowded Collection: A Complete Wash-out, by William Heath Robinson

A Complete Wash-out, by William Heath Robinson
The trials of spring-cleaning as endured on the ark. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evans

Background imageCrowded Collection: Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

Tower Ballroom, Blackpool
The magnificent Tower Ballroom, at Blackpool : spectators in the balconies enjoy refreshments while the dance floor is crowded - all in formal evening dress

Background imageCrowded Collection: St. Paul's and Ludgate Hill, c. 1887 (oil on canvas)

St. Paul's and Ludgate Hill, c. 1887 (oil on canvas)
CH405696 St. Paul's and Ludgate Hill, c.1887 (oil on canvas) by Logsdail, William (1859-1944); 73.3x55 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christie's Images

Background imageCrowded Collection: Market day in Place de la Liberte, Sarlat, Dordogne, France, Europe

Market day in Place de la Liberte, Sarlat, Dordogne, France, Europe

Background imageCrowded Collection: The beach, Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

The beach, Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCrowded Collection: Inside the Great Exhibition of 1851

Inside the Great Exhibition of 1851
The Great Exhibition of All Nations - general view of the interior of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London

Background imageCrowded Collection: Busy Brooklyn Bridge the year it opened, 1883

Busy Brooklyn Bridge the year it opened, 1883
Traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, seen from the Manhattan side, 1883. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCrowded Collection: Choi Hung Estate, one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong, Wong Tai

Choi Hung Estate, one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong, Wong Tai Sin District, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Background imageCrowded Collection: Melbourne Sunset from Williamstown

Melbourne Sunset from Williamstown
Amazing Williamstown view of Melbourne City after Sunset at the mouth of the Yarra River where it enters Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip, south-west of the Melbourne city centre

Background imageCrowded Collection: Landing at Greenwich, c1780. Artist: Thomas Rowlandson

Landing at Greenwich, c1780. Artist: Thomas Rowlandson
Landing at Greenwich, c1780. Watercolour held at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. From The Studio Volume 124. [The Studio Ltd, London & New York, 1942]

Background imageCrowded Collection: LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. The more we are together, the more uncomfortable we ll

LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. The more we are together, the more uncomfortable we ll be - please pass along the platform. Poster by Fougasse promoting proper etiquette on the London Underground, 1944

Background imageCrowded Collection: Phlomis fruticosa, Jerusalem Sage, densely branched shrub with yellow flowers

Phlomis fruticosa, Jerusalem Sage, densely branched shrub with yellow flowers

Background imageCrowded Collection: A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate, 1939 (colour lithograph)

A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate, 1939 (colour lithograph)
1769905 A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate, 1939 (colour lithograph) by Kenneth Shoesmith (1890-1939) & Verney L

Background imageCrowded Collection: Broadstairs 1950S

Broadstairs 1950S
An incredibly crowded beach at Broadstairs in Kent, showing how popular British holiday resorts used to be in the days before package holidays. Date: 1950s

Background imageCrowded Collection: LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. Please pass down the car - someday, you might want to get in yourself

LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. Please pass down the car - someday, you might want to get in yourself! Poster by Fougasse promoting proper etiquette on the London Underground, 1944

Background imageCrowded Collection: Bathers in front of big hotels on Playa Levante, Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain beach

Bathers in front of big hotels on Playa Levante, Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain beach

Background imageCrowded Collection: The Great White Way: Time Square and Theatre District in New York by Howard Thain, oil on canvas

The Great White Way: Time Square and Theatre District in New York by Howard Thain, oil on canvas, 1925
Howard Thain (1891-1959), The Great White Way: Time Square and the Theatre District in New York. Oil on canvas, 1925

Background imageCrowded Collection: Brooklyn Bridge when newly opened, 1883

Brooklyn Bridge when newly opened, 1883
Brooklyn Bridge over the East River, looking toward Manhattan, 1883. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCrowded Collection: Sunset View of City Council Building and Hillbrow Tower (JG Strijdom Tower), Johannesburg

Sunset View of City Council Building and Hillbrow Tower (JG Strijdom Tower), Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
City of Johannesburg is considered Africas economic powerhouse, and contentiously as a modern and prosperous African city

Background imageCrowded Collection: Petticoat Lane, 1940s

Petticoat Lane, 1940s
A busy scene at historic Petticoat Lane market in the East End of London in the late 1940s. 1940s

Background imageCrowded Collection: Poster advertising Indian State Railways

Poster advertising Indian State Railways, with a view of the Howrah Bridge, Calcutta. Visit India

Background imageCrowded Collection: Cleethorpes Sea Front

Cleethorpes Sea Front
The crowded sea front at Cleethorpes. People sunbathe in deckchairs and paddle in the sea

Background imageCrowded Collection: A busy Gare du Nord station in Paris, France, Europe

A busy Gare du Nord station in Paris, France, Europe

Background imageCrowded Collection: 9 O clock in London Pub

9 O clock in London Pub
The busy interior of a London pub near the Old Vic Theatre, at nine o clock in the evening

Background imageCrowded Collection: Alberobello, Puglia, Italy

Alberobello, Puglia, Italy

Background imageCrowded Collection: The Gran Via at dusk, Madrid, Spain, Europe

The Gran Via at dusk, Madrid, Spain, Europe

Background imageCrowded Collection: View along congested street in Havana Centro showing people walking along pavements

View along congested street in Havana Centro showing people walking along pavements, traffic on the road and a red American car crossing intersection, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imageCrowded Collection: Sadhus at a royal bath (Sahi Snan) during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh

Sadhus at a royal bath (Sahi Snan) during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

Background imageCrowded Collection: Crowds of tourists on the beach with tall seafront buildings, at Tel Aviv

Crowds of tourists on the beach with tall seafront buildings, at Tel Aviv, Israel, Middle East

Background imageCrowded Collection: Christmas Santas walking across Shibuya crossing, Shibuya ward, Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Christmas Santas walking across Shibuya crossing, Shibuya ward, Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Background imageCrowded Collection: Bournemouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Bournemouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCrowded Collection: Brixton Prison / Mayhew

Brixton Prison / Mayhew
Female convicts during the silent hour at Brixton Prison, London. All prisoners were required to sit quietly outside their cell

Background imageCrowded Collection: Borough Market 1870

Borough Market 1870
A busy day at the Borough food market

Background imageCrowded Collection: French Riviera / J Simont

French Riviera / J Simont
Le Touquet: sunbathers by the swimming pool

Background imageCrowded Collection: Covent Garden Theatre, 1786 (pen and ink with wash on paper)

Covent Garden Theatre, 1786 (pen and ink with wash on paper)
XCF282036 Covent Garden Theatre, 1786 (pen and ink with wash on paper) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageCrowded Collection: Dancing on the pier at Blackpool, Lancashire

Dancing on the pier at Blackpool, Lancashire
One of the piers at Blackpool, Lancashire, packed with dancing couples

Background imageCrowded Collection: Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), chicks in colony, Snow Hill Island

Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), chicks in colony, Snow Hill Island, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, Polar Regions

Background imageCrowded Collection: Fall / English Springer / 46

Fall / English Springer / 46
Four large puppies crowded in a basket. Owner: Browne

Background imageCrowded Collection: Steerage passengers on their way to America, 1800s

Steerage passengers on their way to America, 1800s
European emigrants in steerage section of steamship to the US, 1890. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCrowded Collection: Sloppy Joes Bar, Havana, Cuba, 1951

Sloppy Joes Bar, Havana, Cuba, 1951. The world famous Sloppy Joes welcomed tourists for over four decades, and offered over 80 cocktails in addition to the bars own brand of 12 year old rum

Background imageCrowded Collection: Ebute Ero on market day, Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa

Ebute Ero on market day, Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa
Aerial view of the town of Ebute Ero on market day, Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa. Date: circa 1920

Background imageCrowded Collection: The Embassy Club, 1932

The Embassy Club, 1932
Full house of social celebrities; a Seasons night. Scene at the Embassy Club in Bond Street, London, one of the most fashionable and exclusive nightclubs in the capital

Background imageCrowded Collection: Bondi Beach - Summer Crowds

Bondi Beach - Summer Crowds
Bondi Beach is crowded with a large number of beachgoers on a hot Sunday afternoon

Background imageCrowded Collection: Storm season Brisbane

Storm season Brisbane
Volatile weather after a long dry spell

Background imageCrowded Collection: Benidorm, Alicante Province, Spain, Europe

Benidorm, Alicante Province, Spain, Europe

Background imageCrowded Collection: Ohio River at Cincinnati, Ohio, 1860s

Ohio River at Cincinnati, Ohio, 1860s
Riverboats loading at the Ohio River levee in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCrowded Collection: Gangi, Palermo province, Sicily, Italy. Aerial cityscape at sunset

Gangi, Palermo province, Sicily, Italy. Aerial cityscape at sunset



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Crowded: A Complete Wash-out by William Heath Robinson captures the chaos and commotion of a bustling scene, where people jostle for space in an amusingly exaggerated manner. Tower Ballroom in Blackpool becomes a vibrant hub of activity as dancers twirl and whirl amidst the sea of enthusiastic onlookers. Trongate, Glasgow showcases an oil painting that portrays the lively street market day, with vendors and shoppers creating a colorful tapestry of movement. Market day in Place de la Liberte, Sarlat, Dordogne takes us to France's picturesque streets teeming with locals and tourists alike, immersing themselves in the vibrant atmosphere. St. Paul's and Ludgate Hill transports us back to 1887 London, where busy crowds navigate their way through the city's iconic landmarks. The beach at Weymouth presents a delightful juxtaposition between relaxation and crowdedness as sun-seekers flock to enjoy Dorset's sandy shores. Inside the Great Exhibition of 1851 reveals how this historic event drew massive crowds eager to witness groundbreaking innovations from around the world under one roof. A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate from 1939 entices travelers with its vivid colors while showcasing a bustling seaside resort filled with holidaymakers seeking fun-filled adventures. Choi Hung Estate stands tall as one of Hong Kong's oldest public housing estates, witnessing generations come together within its crowded yet thriving community. Melbourne Sunset from Williamstown paints a breathtaking picture capturing both natural beauty and urban buzz as boats dotting Port Phillip Bay coexist alongside bustling city lights. Broadstairs in the 1950s evokes nostalgia for simpler times when families flocked to British coastal towns for summer holidays filled with ice creams on crowded promenades. Bathers enjoying Playa Levante in Benidorm reveal Spain's popular Costa Blanca destination brimming with big hotels catering to sun-worshippers who revel in both relaxation and the lively beach scene.