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Democracy Collection

"Democracy: A Tapestry of Freedom and Struggle" From the hallowed halls of Brudenell Magna Carta to the iconic 10 Downing Street

Background imageDemocracy Collection: The Six Points of the Peoples Charter (litho) (b / w photo)

The Six Points of the Peoples Charter (litho) (b / w photo)
XJF105421 The Six Points of the Peoples Charter (litho) (b/w photo) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Brudenell Magna Carta

Brudenell Magna Carta
The Brudenell Magna Carta, document on vellum, dated 12 October 1297, with a substantial fragment of the Great Seal of Edward I. The original Magna Carta was issued in Latin in 1215

Background imageDemocracy Collection: 10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street
The entrance to 10 Downing Street as it was in the 1990s before the massive security that followed 9/11. Date: circa 1990s

Background imageDemocracy Collection: First to fight - Democracys vanguard US Marine Corps - Join

First to fight - Democracys vanguard US Marine Corps - Join now and test your courage - Real fighting with real fighters. Poster showing marines storming a beach. Date 1917

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Budapest, Hungary, Danube River, Parliament House, Calvinist Church

Budapest, Hungary, Danube River, Parliament House, Calvinist Church

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Copy of The Declaration of Independence in Free Quarker Meeting House

Copy of The Declaration of Independence in Free Quarker Meeting House, Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, North America

Background imageDemocracy Collection: EVNT2A-00014

EVNT2A-00014
" Liberty Leading the People" by Eugene Delacroix. Printed halftone reproduction of a 19th century painting

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration

Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration -- No. IX, The Beginning and the End. 1848

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Tsar Nicholas II at the opening ceremony of the first Duma, St Petersburg, Russia, 1906

Tsar Nicholas II at the opening ceremony of the first Duma, St Petersburg, Russia, 1906. The Duma, the elected legislative assembly of the Russian Empire

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Cartoon, Britannia between Scylla & Charybdis

Cartoon, Britannia between Scylla & Charybdis, or, the Vessel of the Constitution steered clear of the Rock of Democracy, and the Whirlpool of Arbitrary Power, by James Gillray

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Friedrich Nietzsche, caricature

Friedrich Nietzsche, caricature
Friedrich Nietzsche. Caricature of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). Nietzsche devised a new system of values to account for the advances in biology and psychology

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Aeropagus debating in ancient Athens

Aeropagus debating in ancient Athens
Gathering of the Areopagus, a deliberative court that met in the open air, ancient Athens. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Bugandan Royalty (card 1 of 2)

Bugandan Royalty (card 1 of 2)
Card 1 of 2. The young King Daudi Cwa II of Uganda, seated on his elaborate golden throne (topped with a very British crown!), holding a staff of office, with his feet on a cheetah skin

Background imageDemocracy Collection: View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, towards the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz in East Berlin

View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, towards the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz in East Berlin, at night, Berlin, Germany, Europe

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Parthenon. Athens. Greece

Parthenon. Athens. Greece
Greece. Athens. Parthenon. 447-438 BC. in Doric style under leadership of Pericles. The building was designed by the architects Ictinos and Callicrates. Acropolis

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Members of St Kilda Parliament, Isle of Harris, Scotland

Members of St Kilda Parliament, Isle of Harris, Scotland
Members of the St Kilda Parliament, Isle of Harris, Scotland. It was an informal, democratic group of men who met on a regular basis in the village street to agree on any work to be done

Background imageDemocracy Collection: All out for defense of democracy: Informed opinion counts

All out for defense of democracy: Informed opinion counts. Poster showing factories, ships, airplanes, and buildings with a bald eagle spreading its wings above all. Date between 1935 and 1943

Background imageDemocracy Collection: To speak up for democracy, read up on democracy

To speak up for democracy, read up on democracy. Poster showing three men conversing at a table with books, with an American flag and founding father in the background. Date between 1935 and 1943

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Election Returns, USA

Election Returns, USA
A crowd gathers outside the office of the New York Herald newspaper to read the election returns; they have to be kept in order by police officers

Background imageDemocracy Collection: 3rd Marq / Salisbury / Russe

3rd Marq / Salisbury / Russe
Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne- Cecil, third marquis of SALISBURY statesman, prime minister, not very keen on democracy

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Mabel Tuke, Joint Honourary Secretary of the Womens Social and Political Union (WSPU), c1908

Mabel Tuke, Joint Honourary Secretary of the Womens Social and Political Union (WSPU), c1908. Mabel Tuke (1871-1962), also known as Pansy

Background imageDemocracy Collection: The Reform Bill, 1832 (c1850s)

The Reform Bill, 1832 (c1850s). The Rt Hon Earl Grey introduced the Reform Act in Parliament in 1832. It was intended to make wide-ranging changes to the British electoral system

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Athens. Panoramic view of the Acropolis. Parthenon

Athens. Panoramic view of the Acropolis. Parthenon. Attica. Central Greece

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Athens. Panoramic view of the Acropolis at night

Athens. Panoramic view of the Acropolis at night. Attica. Central Greece

Background imageDemocracy Collection: MAINE: WOMENs SUFFRAGE. Tomorrows the Day. Women listening at the door as the Maine State

MAINE: WOMENs SUFFRAGE. Tomorrows the Day. Women listening at the door as the Maine State Legislature votes on an act to grant women the right to vote for presidential electors

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Crossing into Illinois, editorial cartoon, 1913 (print)

Crossing into Illinois, editorial cartoon, 1913 (print)
4073055 Crossing into Illinois, editorial cartoon, 1913 (print) by McCutcheon, John Tinney (1870-1949); Private Collection; (add.info.: Crossing into Illinois, 1913 editorial cartoon by John T)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Society Journalism, a talk with Mr Henry Labouchere MP (engraving)

Society Journalism, a talk with Mr Henry Labouchere MP (engraving)
8631543 Society Journalism, a talk with Mr Henry Labouchere MP (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Society Journalism, a talk with Mr Henry Labouchere MP)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Debate on the Home Rule Bill in the House of Commons (engraving)

Debate on the Home Rule Bill in the House of Commons (engraving)
8631657 Debate on the Home Rule Bill in the House of Commons (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Debate on the Home Rule Bill in the House of Commons)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Meeting of the followers of Justin McCarthy (engraving)

Meeting of the followers of Justin McCarthy (engraving)
8631218 Meeting of the followers of Justin McCarthy (engraving) by Finnemore, Joseph (1860-1939) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Meeting of the followers of Justin McCarthy)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: The House of Commons point-to point steeplechase (engraving)

The House of Commons point-to point steeplechase (engraving)
8631432 The House of Commons point-to point steeplechase (engraving) by Corbould, Alfred Chantrey (1852-1920); Private Collection; (add.info.: The House of Commons point-to point steeplechase)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Charlotte Despard, British suffragette (b/w photo)

Charlotte Despard, British suffragette (b/w photo)
8672276 Charlotte Despard, British suffragette (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charlotte Despard (1844-1939), British suffragette

Background imageDemocracy Collection: The counting of votes, 1850

The counting of votes, 1850
3477985 The counting of votes, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the counting of votes for the Brighton Parliamentary Election. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDemocracy Collection: The counting of votes, 1850

The counting of votes, 1850
3477970 The counting of votes, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the counting of votes for the Brighton Parliamentary Election. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Inauguration of President James K Polk 1845

Inauguration of President James K Polk 1845
2601355 Inauguration of President James K Polk 1845; (add.info.: Inauguration of President James K Polk 1845); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Former president Grover Cleveland as 'Cincinnatus' ploughing a field, 1903

Former president Grover Cleveland as "Cincinnatus" ploughing a field, 1903
1576202 Former president Grover Cleveland as "Cincinnatus" ploughing a field, 1903; (add.info.: The modern Cincinnatus)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Chartists in church, 1839. To demonstrate their power and numbers

Chartists in church, 1839. To demonstrate their power and numbers, they would process to church well before time for
527840 Chartists in church, 1839. To demonstrate their power and numbers, they would process to church well before time for the service, and peacefully fill the pews

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Black Rod at the Houses of Parliament, London (engraving)

Black Rod at the Houses of Parliament, London (engraving)
8631299 Black Rod at the Houses of Parliament, London (engraving) by Furniss, Harry (1854-1925) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Black Rod at the Houses of Parliament, London)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Woman selling The Suffragette newspaper (b/w photo)

Woman selling The Suffragette newspaper (b/w photo)
8672281 Woman selling The Suffragette newspaper (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Arrest of British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst while protesting outside Buckingham Palace

Arrest of British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst while protesting outside Buckingham Palace, 1914 (b/w photo)
8626515 Arrest of British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst while protesting outside Buckingham Palace, 1914 (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Ticket to the Republican National Convention, Chicago, 1916 (litho)

Ticket to the Republican National Convention, Chicago, 1916 (litho)
8677540 Ticket to the Republican National Convention, Chicago, 1916 (litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ticket to the Republican National Convention, Chicago)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Spain (1873). Proclamation of the First Republic and storming of the Barcelona city hall

Spain (1873). Proclamation of the First Republic and storming of the Barcelona city hall (11th February 1873). Etching
CUL4930837 Spain (1873). Proclamation of the First Republic and storming of the Barcelona city hall (11th February 1873). Etching. by Unknown Artist; (add.info.: Spain (1873)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: President Cleveland as Gulliver, 1885

President Cleveland as Gulliver, 1885
1576730 President Cleveland as Gulliver, 1885; (add.info.: Gulliver-Cleveland takes possession of the enemy's fleet and deprives them of their strength Illustration shows President Cleveland)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: President Cleveland and Thomas Bayard fitting Reform Democracy, 1885

President Cleveland and Thomas Bayard fitting Reform Democracy, 1885
1576759 President Cleveland and Thomas Bayard fitting Reform Democracy, 1885; (add.info.: The rehabilitation of the Democratic party Scene inside "Cleveland's Clothing Establishment")

Background imageDemocracy Collection: The Labour Commission (engraving)

The Labour Commission (engraving)
8631356 The Labour Commission (engraving) by Hatherell, William (1855-1928) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Labour Commission. Illustration from Black and White)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Sir John Eldon Gorst, British politician, in his room at the Treasury (engraving)

Sir John Eldon Gorst, British politician, in his room at the Treasury (engraving)
8631508 Sir John Eldon Gorst, British politician, in his room at the Treasury (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir John Eldon Gorst (1835-1916)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Ticket to the Republican National Convention, Philadelphia, 1900 (colour litho)

Ticket to the Republican National Convention, Philadelphia, 1900 (colour litho)
8677536 Ticket to the Republican National Convention, Philadelphia, 1900 (colour litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Christabel Pankhurst campaigning in Trafalgar Square, London, 1908 (b/w photo)

Christabel Pankhurst campaigning in Trafalgar Square, London, 1908 (b/w photo)
8672273 Christabel Pankhurst campaigning in Trafalgar Square, London, 1908 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDemocracy Collection: Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette (b/w photo)

Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette (b/w photo)
8672272 Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928), British suffragette



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"Democracy: A Tapestry of Freedom and Struggle" From the hallowed halls of Brudenell Magna Carta to the iconic 10 Downing Street, it has woven its intricate threads into the fabric of society. The Six Points of the Peoples Charter, immortalized in a lithograph, serve as a testament to the relentless pursuit of equality and representation. In a black and white photo, we glimpse a copy of The Declaration of Independence proudly displayed in the Free Quaker Meeting House at Independence National Historical Park. Here, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, democracy found its voice amidst revolutionary fervor. Across continents and cultures, Budapest's Parliament House stands tall on the banks of Danube River while nearby Calvinist Church echoes with prayers for freedom. In this juxtaposition lies an eternal struggle between power structures and individual rights. The call to action resonates through time - "First to fight - Democracy's vanguard US Marine Corps - Join. " EVNT2A-00014 captures this spirit that has propelled nations towards liberty throughout history. Cartoons depict The Great Chartist Demonstration where ordinary people rallied for their voices to be heard. Tsar Nicholas II presides over Russia's first Duma opening ceremony in St Petersburg—a momentous step towards democratic governance. Britannia finds herself caught between Scylla & Charybdis—navigating treacherous waters as she upholds democratic values against opposing forces. Meanwhile, members convene at St Kilda Parliament on Isle of Harris—an embodiment of local autonomy within Scotland's democratic framework. Even Friedrich Nietzsche is not immune from caricature; his philosophical musings challenging conventional wisdom remind us that democracy thrives on critical thinking and diverse perspectives. In these snapshots from history and contemporary life alike, we witness both triumphs and setbacks along democracy's journey. It remains an ever-evolving concept that demands our constant vigilance—to protect it from erosion or abuse—and our unwavering commitment to ensure that the voices of all are heard.