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"Deference: A Timeless Display of Respect and Reverence" The King of Kings: Throughout history, it has been shown to those in positions of ultimate authority

Background imageDeference Collection: The King of Kings

The King of Kings -- Jesus Christ surrounded by rulers (kings, queens, emperors, etc) from various countries and periods in history. 1916

Background imageDeference Collection: Praying Girl, Italian painting of 19th century. Artist: Roberto Ferruzzi

Praying Girl, Italian painting of 19th century. Artist: Roberto Ferruzzi
Praying Girl, Italian painting of 19th century. Ferruzzi, Roberto (1854-1944). Found in the collection of the M. Kroshitsky Art Museum, Sevastopol

Background imageDeference Collection: Royal Wedding 1986 - Fergie curtseys to the Queen

Royal Wedding 1986 - Fergie curtseys to the Queen
A smiling Lady Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, curtseys to Queen Elizabeth II, her mother-in-law following her marriage to Prince Andrew, Duke of York at Westminster Abbey on 23 July 1986. Date: 1986

Background imageDeference Collection: Queen Elizabeth II inspecting firefighters, London

Queen Elizabeth II inspecting firefighters, London
Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, Lambeth, on 9 June 1977

Background imageDeference Collection: Queen Alexandra and Empress Marie, Maundy Thursday

Queen Alexandra and Empress Marie, Maundy Thursday
Queen Alexandra (1844-1925) and her sister Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, formerly Princess Dagmar of Denmark (1847-1928), leaving the Maundy Thursday distribution ceremony at Westminster Abbey

Background imageDeference Collection: Victorian Scrap, Queen Elizabeth I and Raleigh

Victorian Scrap, Queen Elizabeth I and Raleigh
Victorian Scrap, Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh. circa 1880s

Background imageDeference Collection: Anthony Asquith as a boy at 10 Downing Street, London

Anthony Asquith as a boy at 10 Downing Street, London
Anthony Asquith (1902-1968) as a boy at 10 Downing Street, Central London, when his father, Herbert Henry Asquith, was Prime Minister

Background imageDeference Collection: Montezuma Declares his Allegiance to the King of Spain before Cortes (oil on canvas)

Montezuma Declares his Allegiance to the King of Spain before Cortes (oil on canvas)
XIR174135 Montezuma Declares his Allegiance to the King of Spain before Cortes (oil on canvas) by Spanish School, (16th century); Museo de America, Madrid, Spain; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageDeference Collection: Queen Mary at Bedford College, London, 1913, (1935). Creator: Unknown

Queen Mary at Bedford College, London, 1913, (1935). Creator: Unknown
Queen Mary at Bedford College, London, 1913, (1935). Staff and students curtseying to Queen Mary of Teck (1867-1953). Another aspect of the great movement for the emancipation of women was the steady

Background imageDeference Collection: The richly clad First Lord of the Bedchamber was kneeling by his couch, 1923 (colour litho)

The richly clad First Lord of the Bedchamber was kneeling by his couch, 1923 (colour litho)
IL439856 The richly clad First Lord of the Bedchamber was kneeling by his couch, 1923 (colour litho) by Hatherell, William (1855-1928); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDeference Collection: Sir Thomas Roes Embassy to the Court of Jehangir (oil & pencil on canvas)

Sir Thomas Roes Embassy to the Court of Jehangir (oil & pencil on canvas)
1775082 Sir Thomas Roes Embassy to the Court of Jehangir (oil & pencil on canvas) by Rothenstein, William (1872-1945); 52.5x110.5 cm; Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, West Yorkshire

Background imageDeference Collection: Martin Luther with the merchant Hans Kohlhase (engraving)

Martin Luther with the merchant Hans Kohlhase (engraving)
3647739 Martin Luther with the merchant Hans Kohlhase (engraving) by Konig, Gustav Ferdinand Leopold (1808-69); Private Collection; (add.info.: Martin Luther with the merchant Hans Kohlhase)

Background imageDeference Collection: Louis XIV (1638-1715) receiving the Persian Ambassador Mohammed Reza Beg in the Galerie

Louis XIV (1638-1715) receiving the Persian Ambassador Mohammed Reza Beg in the Galerie
CHT365008 Louis XIV (1638-1715) receiving the Persian Ambassador Mohammed Reza Beg in the Galerie des Glaces at Versailles, 19th February 1715 (oil on canvas) by French School

Background imageDeference Collection: Relief depicting servants paying homage to the king, detail of the Sarcophagus of Ahiram

Relief depicting servants paying homage to the king, detail of the Sarcophagus of Ahiram
XIR168398 Relief depicting servants paying homage to the king, detail of the Sarcophagus of Ahiram, King of Byblos (stone) by Phoenician, (10th century BC); National Museum of Beirut, Beirut

Background imageDeference Collection: Le Maitre, 1907 (oil on canvas)

Le Maitre, 1907 (oil on canvas)
615721 Le Maitre, 1907 (oil on canvas) by Deutsch, Ludwig (1855-1935); 124.5x149.9 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; French, out of copyright

Background imageDeference Collection: Crossing sweeper with a woman in Trafalgar Square, London (colour litho)

Crossing sweeper with a woman in Trafalgar Square, London (colour litho)
5999648 Crossing sweeper with a woman in Trafalgar Square, London (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Crossing sweeper with a woman in Trafalgar Square)

Background imageDeference Collection: Cartoon, Queen Victoria and Sir Robert Peel

Cartoon, Queen Victoria and Sir Robert Peel
Cartoon, The Letter of Introduction, 1841 -- Queen Victoria and her newly elected Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel (Conservative). Date: 1841

Background imageDeference Collection: Cartoon, Lord Cairns, In A New Part

Cartoon, Lord Cairns, In A New Part
Cartoon, Lord Cairns (Arthur William Cairns, 2nd Earl Cairns) - In A New Part. He had just succeeded to the title on the death of his father. 1885

Background imageDeference Collection: Spring Outing in a Villa Diptych: Man in Interior, 1862 (woodblock print)

Spring Outing in a Villa Diptych: Man in Interior, 1862 (woodblock print)
2622501 Spring Outing in a Villa Diptych: Man in Interior, 1862 (woodblock print) by Kunichika, Toyohara (1835-1900); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDeference Collection: Attic Red-figure stamnos depicting departure scene, c. 475 BC (ceramic)

Attic Red-figure stamnos depicting departure scene, c. 475 BC (ceramic)
CZA228734 Attic Red-figure stamnos depicting departure scene, c.475 BC (ceramic) by Chicago Painter (fl.475 BC); height: 37 cm; Czartoryski Museum, Cracow, Poland; Greek, out of copyright

Background imageDeference Collection: Ms Fr 2810 f. 5, Nicolo and Marco Polo before the Great Khan

Ms Fr 2810 f. 5, Nicolo and Marco Polo before the Great Khan
CHT176645 Ms Fr 2810 f.5, Nicolo and Marco Polo before the Great Khan, from the Livre des Merveilles du Monde, c.1410-12 (tempera on vellum) by Boucicaut Master

Background imageDeference Collection: Ms 814 Charles V (1338-80) returns the Sword of the High Constable to Bertrand du

Ms 814 Charles V (1338-80) returns the Sword of the High Constable to Bertrand du
CHT173771 Ms 814 Charles V (1338-80) returns the Sword of the High Constable to Bertrand du Guesclin (c.1320-80) from the Histoire de Du Guesclin after the poem by Cuvelier

Background imageDeference Collection: Ms Fr 2810 f. 226, Brother Hayton presents his book to Jean Sans Peur

Ms Fr 2810 f. 226, Brother Hayton presents his book to Jean Sans Peur
MG30924 Ms Fr 2810 f.226, Brother Hayton presents his book to Jean Sans Peur, from the Livre des Merveilles du Monde, c.1410-12 (tempera on 1vellum) by Boucicaut Master

Background imageDeference Collection: Tablet depicting four scribes at work, New Kingdom, c. 1400 BC (stone)

Tablet depicting four scribes at work, New Kingdom, c. 1400 BC (stone)
XIR158861 Tablet depicting four scribes at work, New Kingdom, c.1400 BC (stone) by Egyptian 18th Dynasty (c.1567-1320 BC); Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence, Italy; Egyptian, out of copyright

Background imageDeference Collection: Adoration of the Magi, c. 1350 (alabaster)

Adoration of the Magi, c. 1350 (alabaster)
MFI314770 Adoration of the Magi, c.1350 (alabaster) by English School, (14th century); Long Melford Church, Suffolk, UK; (add.info)

Background imageDeference Collection: The Masters Right, 1874 (colour litho)

The Masters Right, 1874 (colour litho)
5231921 The Masters Right, 1874 (colour litho) by Polenov, Vasilij Dmitrievich (1844-1927); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Masters Right, 1874)

Background imageDeference Collection: Wood Grouse (Tetrao Urogallus), 1862-1873 (hand-coloured lithograph)

Wood Grouse (Tetrao Urogallus), 1862-1873 (hand-coloured lithograph)
986237 Wood Grouse (Tetrao Urogallus), 1862-1873 (hand-coloured lithograph) by Wolf, Joseph (1820-99) & Richter, Henry Constantine (1821-1902); 54x36.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDeference Collection: Louis de Pontis is introduced to Cardinal Richelieu, 17th Century (colour litho)

Louis de Pontis is introduced to Cardinal Richelieu, 17th Century (colour litho)
976042 Louis de Pontis is introduced to Cardinal Richelieu, 17th Century (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDeference Collection: The Diamond Jubilee, 1897 (colour litho)

The Diamond Jubilee, 1897 (colour litho)
3621870 The Diamond Jubilee, 1897 (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Diamond Jubilee, 1897)

Background imageDeference Collection: Portrait of Judge Suetonius Grant Heatly and Temperance Heatly with their Indian servants

Portrait of Judge Suetonius Grant Heatly and Temperance Heatly with their Indian servants
CH451499 Portrait of Judge Suetonius Grant Heatly and Temperance Heatly with their Indian servants, in an interior in Calcutta, c.1786 (oil on canvas) by Devis

Background imageDeference Collection: Oh, said Fauntleroy, I only wrote the letter

Oh, said Fauntleroy, I only wrote the letter
IL439846 Oh, said Fauntleroy, I only wrote the letter. It was my grandfather who did it, 1936 (colour litho) by Brock, Charles Edmund (1870-1938); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDeference Collection: The Asura Kumbha and his Court of Demons, c. 1800 (gouache on paper)

The Asura Kumbha and his Court of Demons, c. 1800 (gouache on paper)
CHT173734 The Asura Kumbha and his Court of Demons, c.1800 (gouache on paper) by Indian School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDeference Collection: Ms Fr 2810 f. 6, Nicolo, Marco and Matteo Polo taking leave of the Great Khan

Ms Fr 2810 f. 6, Nicolo, Marco and Matteo Polo taking leave of the Great Khan
CHT176647 Ms Fr 2810 f.6, Nicolo, Marco and Matteo Polo taking leave of the Great Khan, Livre des Merveilles du Monde, c.1410-12 (tempera on vellum) by Boucicaut Master

Background imageDeference Collection: Henry VIII (1491-1547), after a painting in the Royal Gallery at Kensington (engraving)

Henry VIII (1491-1547), after a painting in the Royal Gallery at Kensington (engraving)
STC188601 Henry VIII (1491-1547), after a painting in the Royal Gallery at Kensington (engraving) by Vertue, George (1684-1756); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDeference Collection: The Magician Arrives at the Village Wedding, 1874, (1965). Creator: Vasily Maksimov

The Magician Arrives at the Village Wedding, 1874, (1965). Creator: Vasily Maksimov
The Magician Arrives at the Village Wedding, 1874, (1965). Scene in a Russian peasant home, the bride and groom standing under the icons, with embroidered cloths on the walls

Background imageDeference Collection: Vienna Print Cycle, Entry of Emperor Leopold (1640-1705) into the Tent of the Grand Vizier

Vienna Print Cycle, Entry of Emperor Leopold (1640-1705) into the Tent of the Grand Vizier
CZA228700 Vienna Print Cycle, Entry of Emperor Leopold (1640-1705) into the Tent of the Grand Vizier, 1683 (engraving) by Hooghe, Romeyn de (d.1708); 16.4x19.9 cm; Czartoryski Museum, Cracow

Background imageDeference Collection: Annunciation, 16th century, (1937). Artist: Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio

Annunciation, 16th century, (1937). Artist: Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio
Annunciation, 16th century, (1937). Painted by Titian in 1537 for the Convent of Santa Maria degli Angeli at Murano. A print from Titian Paintings and Drawings, introduction by Hans Tietze

Background imageDeference Collection: The Prince of Wales and Buckingham obtain the Kings consent to go to Spain, 1793

The Prince of Wales and Buckingham obtain the Kings consent to go to Spain, 1793. Artist: William Bromley
The Prince of Wales and Buckingham obtain the Kings consent to go to Spain, 1793

Background imageDeference Collection: Queen Anne (1665-1714) receiving Prince Eugene (1663-1736) of Austria

Queen Anne (1665-1714) receiving Prince Eugene (1663-1736) of Austria. Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1702 to 1714, was the second daughter of James II and the sister of Mary II

Background imageDeference Collection: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip pays homage

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip pays homage
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey showing the Duke of Edinburgh paying homage. Date: 1953

Background imageDeference Collection: Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I

Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I on board his ship, the Golden Hind, in April 1581, not long after his circumnavigation of the world. 1581

Background imageDeference Collection: King George V and Queen Mary walking down aisle

King George V and Queen Mary walking down aisle
King George V and Queen Mary entering St. Pauls Cathedral for a special service on the occasion of their Silver Wedding in July 1918

Background imageDeference Collection: Mark Twain meets Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, 1907

Mark Twain meets Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, 1907
Mark Twain(1835-1910), humourist, meets with King Edward VII(1841-1910) and Queen Alexandra(1844 -1925) at a Windsor garden party in 1907

Background imageDeference Collection: Jeeves, manservant to Bertie Wooster

Jeeves, manservant to Bertie Wooster
Jeeves, the fictional manservant to Bertie Wooster, as depicted in an illustration for Thank You Jeeves!. Date: First published: 1933

Background imageDeference Collection: Royal personage with two deferential visitors

Royal personage with two deferential visitors
A royal personage (possibly King George III), speaking to two deferential-looking visitors. Date: 18th century

Background imageDeference Collection: Cartoon, Parisian woman out shopping, WW1

Cartoon, Parisian woman out shopping, WW1
Cartoon showing an elegant Parisian woman in a very tall hat, out shopping for fabrics. She asks for a large amount of material for a new hat, in spite of wartime austerity. Date: 1917

Background imageDeference Collection: Cartoon, Disappointed greed, WW1

Cartoon, Disappointed greed, WW1
Cartoon, Disappointed greed, a comment on new alcohol restrictions. The waiter tells a lady that the anisette is too high in alcohol content for him to serve to her. Date: 1916



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"Deference: A Timeless Display of Respect and Reverence" The King of Kings: Throughout history, it has been shown to those in positions of ultimate authority, like the kings who ruled with divine right. Praying Girl, Italian painting of the 19th century by Roberto Ferruzzi: This captivating artwork captures a moment as a young girl humbly bows her head in prayer, showcasing her reverence for something greater than herself. Royal Wedding 1986 - Fergie curtseys to the Queen: In this iconic moment, Sarah Ferguson gracefully curtsies before Queen Elizabeth II during her wedding ceremony, symbolizing respect and deference towards the monarch. Queen Elizabeth II inspecting firefighters in London: Even amidst adversity and danger, Her Majesty takes time to acknowledge and honor the bravery of others—a true testament to her unwavering sense of deference. Queen Alexandra and Empress Marie on Maundy Thursday: On this sacred day, two powerful queens demonstrate their humility by washing the feet of others—an act that exemplifies their deep-rooted sense towards humanity. Victorian Scrap featuring Queen Elizabeth I and Raleigh: In this historical depiction, we witness an exchange between royalty—Queen Elizabeth I accepting a gesture from Sir Walter Raleigh—a display that signifies mutual respect within hierarchical structures. Montezuma Declares his Allegiance to the King of Spain before Cortes (oil on canvas): This dramatic painting portrays Montezuma's submission to Spanish rule—an act driven by both fear and a sense of cultural deference towards European power at that time. Anthony Asquith as a boy at 10 Downing Street in London: Young Anthony Asquith stands respectfully outside one of Britain's most significant political buildings—a glimpse into his early understanding that some places command our utmost deferential regard. Cardinal Wolsey.