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Descent Collection

"Descent: Tracing the Threads of History and Evolution" In a world where time weaves together the tapestry of life, the concept takes on various forms

Background imageDescent Collection: Elizabeth Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)

Elizabeth Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)
Elizabeth Bessie Coleman, 1892-1926, the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license. Date: 1926

Background imageDescent Collection: KATERI TEKAKWITHA

KATERI TEKAKWITHA
KATERI (CATHERINE) TEKAKWITHA Saint of Iroquois/Algonquin descent. Fleeing persecution, she settled in Quebec, where she devoted her life to God. Date: 1656 - 1680

Background imageDescent Collection: The Pentecost, c. 1604-14 (oil on canvas)

The Pentecost, c. 1604-14 (oil on canvas)
XIR61760 The Pentecost, c.1604-14 (oil on canvas) by Greco, El (Domenico Theotocopuli) (1541-1614); 275x127 cm; Prado, Madrid, Spain; Greek, out of copyright

Background imageDescent Collection: The Descent of Queen Elizabeth II. Family Tree

The Descent of Queen Elizabeth II. Family Tree
A genealogical table of the descent of Queen Elizabeth II. Bordering it are photographs of historically correct reproductions of the Crowns of Estate from William I to Charles I

Background imageDescent Collection: 1863 Huxley from Ape to Man evolution

1863 Huxley from Ape to Man evolution
Ordered series of primate skeletons. The Frontis engraving by Waterhouse Hawkins from the first edition of Huxleys 1863 " Evidences as to Mans Place in Nature"

Background imageDescent Collection: Dr. Beebe climbing out of his bathysphere, August 1934

Dr. Beebe climbing out of his bathysphere, August 1934
Photograph of Dr. William Beebe and his two-ton iron bathysphere off St. George, Bermuda, 11th August 1934. Dr. Beebe and his photographer, Otis Barton

Background imageDescent Collection: Charles Darwin with a lookalike ape

Charles Darwin with a lookalike ape
Charles Darwin holding up a hand mirror to an ape, showing how alike the pair of them are

Background imageDescent Collection: Genealogical Table - Queen Elizabeth II

Genealogical Table - Queen Elizabeth II
A genealogical table or family tree showing Queen Elizabeth IIs descent from the Norman, Anglo-Saxon and Scottish Kings, and the Duke of Edinburghs descent from Harold, last of the Anglo-Saxon kings

Background imageDescent Collection: 1863 Huxley from Ape to Man, age-toned

1863 Huxley from Ape to Man, age-toned
Ordered series of primate skeletons. The Frontis engraving by Waterhouse Hawkins from the first edition of Huxleys 1863 " Evidences as to Mans Place in Nature"

Background imageDescent Collection: Sunrise on the Crater Rim of Kibo Peak

Sunrise on the Crater Rim of Kibo Peak
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Background imageDescent Collection: Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph
SAINT JOSEPH putative or nominal father of Jesus of Nazareth, husband of Mary, woodworker by trade: credited with royal descent from David, King of Israel

Background imageDescent Collection: Joris-Karl Huysmans / Liz

Joris-Karl Huysmans / Liz
JORIS-KARL HUYSMANS French novelist, of Dutch descent Date: 1848 - 1907

Background imageDescent Collection: 1887 Jubilee genealogical tree of Queen Victoria

1887 Jubilee genealogical tree of Queen Victoria
Genealogical tree of Queen Victoria and her descendants, published in occasion of the 1887 Golden Jubilee. 1887

Background imageDescent Collection: Garnerins balloon and parachute

Garnerins balloon and parachute

Background imageDescent Collection: Royal Wedding 1923 - Strathmore family tree

Royal Wedding 1923 - Strathmore family tree
Page from The Sphere showing the joint descent of Prince Albert, Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon who married at Westminster Abbey on 26 April 1923

Background imageDescent Collection: Portrait Brak Family Amsterdam Mennonites Family portrait

Portrait Brak Family Amsterdam Mennonites Family portrait
Portrait of the Brak Family, Amsterdam Mennonites, Family portrait of the Amsterdam Baptist family Brak in an interior sitting around a table in front of a mantelpiece

Background imageDescent Collection: Sunset Ride

Sunset Ride
Sandi Bertoncelj

Background imageDescent Collection: G Jefferson fails at pole vault, 1932 Olympics

G Jefferson fails at pole vault, 1932 Olympics
A falling American pole-vaulter grips the cross bar as he makes his descent at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, failing to make a height of 13 feet 9 inches. Date: 1932

Background imageDescent Collection: Festival for 14 July, Champs Elysees, Paris

Festival for 14 July, Champs Elysees, Paris

Background imageDescent Collection: Balloon event, Green and Cocking

Balloon event, Green and Cocking

Background imageDescent Collection: Garnerin balloon with parachute

Garnerin balloon with parachute
Garnerins balloon with a parachute below, and a French flag waved from the cage. He ascended from North Audley Street, landing 10 minutes later in the parachute near St Pancras Church -- claimed to

Background imageDescent Collection: Charles Darwin studying a worm

Charles Darwin studying a worm
A satire on Charles Darwin -- after charting the Descent of Man he goes even lower and studies worms

Background imageDescent Collection: Punch cartoon: Man is but a Worm - Charles Darwins Theory of Evolution (engraving)

Punch cartoon: Man is but a Worm - Charles Darwins Theory of Evolution (engraving)
6034945 Punch cartoon: Man is but a Worm - Charles Darwins Theory of Evolution (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Punch cartoon)

Background imageDescent Collection: King Edward VIIs descent from William the Conqueror (colour litho)

King Edward VIIs descent from William the Conqueror (colour litho)
6031615 King Edward VIIs descent from William the Conqueror (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: King Edward VIIs descent from William the Conqueror)

Background imageDescent Collection: Verne / Centre Terre

Verne / Centre Terre
VOYAGE AU CENTRE DE LA TERRE The descent commences

Background imageDescent Collection: Missal Vetus Oxemense. Drop cap depicting The Pentecost. 12t

Missal Vetus Oxemense. Drop cap depicting The Pentecost. 12t
Codex Missal Vetus Oxemense. Anonimous. 12th-13th centuries. Parchment. Drop cap depicting The Pentecost. Spain

Background imageDescent Collection: Man descending stairs, from Animal Locomotion, 1887 (b / w photo)

Man descending stairs, from Animal Locomotion, 1887 (b / w photo)
XJF425605 Man descending stairs, from Animal Locomotion, 1887 (b/w photo) by Muybridge, Eadweard (1830-1904); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageDescent Collection: Balloon descending into Bristol Channel

Balloon descending into Bristol Channel
A balloon descending into the water of the Bristol Channel, near Watermouth. The passengers were Sadler and Clayfield, who ascended from Bristol. 24 September 1810

Background imageDescent Collection: Poster, Indias First Aerial Pageant

Poster, Indias First Aerial Pageant
Poster, Captain C. D. Barnard presents Indias First Aerial Pageant, with passenger flights in the famous monoplane Spider, parachute descents, daring acrobatics by famous pilots

Background imageDescent Collection: A snowboarder tackles a challenging off piste descent on Mont Blanc, Chamonix

A snowboarder tackles a challenging off piste descent on Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Haute Savoie, French Alps, France, Europe

Background imageDescent Collection: A system of vanes for attaching to balloons so that ascents and descents could be made without

A system of vanes for attaching to balloons so that ascents and descents could be made without discarding ballast or
3732726 A system of vanes for attaching to balloons so that ascents and descents could be made without discarding ballast or releasing gas; (add.info)

Background imageDescent Collection: Pigeons used by Charles Darwin at Down House, near Beckenham, Kent, England

Pigeons used by Charles Darwin at Down House, near Beckenham, Kent, England, during his work on his theory of descent
530398 Pigeons used by Charles Darwin at Down House, near Beckenham, Kent, England, during his work on his theory of descent. Wood engraving, 1887.; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDescent Collection: Descent of the Cross and the Entrance to Jerusalem, Central plafon of the Altar of Sagas, detail

Descent of the Cross and the Entrance to Jerusalem, Central plafon of the Altar of Sagas, detail
3499661 Descent of the Cross and the Entrance to Jerusalem, Central plafon of the Altar of Sagas, detail; Museo Diocesano de Solsona, Lleida, Spain; (add.info.: Central plafon of the Altar of Sagas)

Background imageDescent Collection: Illustration from the Grand Catechism for Families'. 1907. depicting the descent of the holy spirit

Illustration from the Grand Catechism for Families'. 1907. depicting the descent of the holy spirit
5306072 Illustration from the Grand Catechism for Families'. 1907. depicting the descent of the holy spirit; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDescent Collection: Descent from the cross, the deposition of Christ, Illustration from the Dore Bible, 1866

Descent from the cross, the deposition of Christ, Illustration from the Dore Bible, 1866
3665432 Descent from the cross, the deposition of Christ, Illustration from the Dore Bible, 1866 by Dore, Gustave (1832-83); (add.info.: Descent from the cross, the deposition of Christ)

Background imageDescent Collection: Signature of Charles Robert Darwin, from Meyers Lexicon, pub. 1924 (print)

Signature of Charles Robert Darwin, from Meyers Lexicon, pub. 1924 (print)
3473172 Signature of Charles Robert Darwin, from Meyers Lexicon, pub. 1924 (print) by German School, (20th century); (add.info.: Signature of Charles Robert Darwin, 1809 - 1882)

Background imageDescent Collection: Plate 144. Descending Stairs; Turning Basin in Hands, 1872-85 (collotype on paper)

Plate 144. Descending Stairs; Turning Basin in Hands, 1872-85 (collotype on paper)
3950180 Plate 144. Descending Stairs; Turning Basin in Hands, 1872-85 (collotype on paper) by Muybridge, Eadweard (1830-1904); 24.9x30.6 cm; Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

Background imageDescent Collection: Plate 133. Descending Stairs, Throwing Handkerchief Over Shoulders

Plate 133. Descending Stairs, Throwing Handkerchief Over Shoulders
3950177 Plate 133. Descending Stairs, Throwing Handkerchief Over Shoulders, 1872-85 (collotype on paper) by Muybridge, Eadweard (1830-1904); 23x31 cm; Addison Gallery of American Art

Background imageDescent Collection: One of the 'Devil's' masks of the Uquia Carnival, Jujuy, Argentina

One of the "Devil's" masks of the Uquia Carnival, Jujuy, Argentina

Background imageDescent Collection: The Buddha's Descent from Tavatimsa Heaven, 19th century. Creator: Unknown

The Buddha's Descent from Tavatimsa Heaven, 19th century. Creator: Unknown
The Buddha's Descent from Tavatimsa Heaven, 19th century

Background imageDescent Collection: Italian Offensive of the Isonzo; boats are launched into the current slowed down by a dam, 1917

Italian Offensive of the Isonzo; boats are launched into the current slowed down by a dam, 1917. Creator: Unknown
Italian Offensive of the Isonzo; boats are launched into the current slowed down by a dam, 1917. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris, 1924]

Background imageDescent Collection: Italian Offensive of the Isonzo; Boats are lowered on a slide of the riverbank escarpment, 1917

Italian Offensive of the Isonzo; Boats are lowered on a slide of the riverbank escarpment, 1917. Creator: Unknown
Italian Offensive of the Isonzo; Boats are lowered on a slide of the riverbank escarpment, 1917. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris, 1924]

Background imageDescent Collection: Descent from the Cross, between circa 1520 and circa 1527. Creators: Ugo da Carpi, Raphael

Descent from the Cross, between circa 1520 and circa 1527. Creators: Ugo da Carpi, Raphael
Descent from the Cross, between circa 1520 and circa 1527

Background imageDescent Collection: Jacob's Ladder, c1650. Creator: Jacques Stella

Jacob's Ladder, c1650. Creator: Jacques Stella
Jacob's Ladder, c1650

Background imageDescent Collection: Christ's Descent into Limbo, c1561. Creator: Pieter van der Heyden

Christ's Descent into Limbo, c1561. Creator: Pieter van der Heyden
Christ's Descent into Limbo, c1561

Background imageDescent Collection: The Prince of Wales in Canada - His Royal Highness descending a timber-slide at Ottawa... 1860

The Prince of Wales in Canada - His Royal Highness descending a timber-slide at Ottawa... 1860. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales in Canada - His Royal Highness descending a timber-slide at Ottawa - from a sketch by our special artist, G. H. Andrews, 1860

Background imageDescent Collection: Christ's descent Christ into limbo, c.1655. Creator: Alonso Cano

Christ's descent Christ into limbo, c.1655. Creator: Alonso Cano
Christ's descent Christ into limbo, c.1655

Background imageDescent Collection: The baptism of Christ, 1617-c.1623. Creator: Gerard ter Borch I

The baptism of Christ, 1617-c.1623. Creator: Gerard ter Borch I
The baptism of Christ, 1617-c.1623



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"Descent: Tracing the Threads of History and Evolution" In a world where time weaves together the tapestry of life, the concept takes on various forms. From the remarkable stories of individuals like Kateri Tekakwitha and Elizabeth Bessie Coleman to the grand lineage depicted in Queen Elizabeth II's family tree, our journey through history is one that unravels fascinating narratives. As we delve into evolution, we encounter Huxley's iconic 1863 illustration "From Ape to Man, " its age-toned pages whispering tales of transformation and progress. Charles Darwin himself stands beside a lookalike ape, symbolizing our shared ancestry and reminding us that every living being has embarked on an extraordinary descent. Beyond human history lies nature's own descent. Dr. Beebe emerges triumphantly from his bathysphere in August 1934, having plumbed unfathomable depths beneath the ocean's surface. His daring exploration unveils hidden worlds below, showcasing how life adapts and evolves even in seemingly inhospitable environments. Art too captures moments of profound descent - be it religious or celestial. "The Pentecost, " painted between c. 1604-14, immortalizes a divine event as tongues of fire descend upon believers with spiritual enlightenment. Meanwhile, sunrise on Kibo Peak's crater rim paints a breathtaking picture as light descends upon Earth’s highest reaches, illuminating both land and sky. Genealogical tables become maps guiding us through intricate webs connecting generations past and present. The Jubilee genealogical tree of Queen Victoria in 1887 reminds us that bloodlines intertwine across borders and cultures while highlighting the significance placed on heritage throughout history. Finally, Saint Joseph stands as a beacon amidst these diverse depictions - his unwavering faith guiding him through trials as he embraces his role within salvation’s narrative. In this vast mosaic called life, each thread weaves a unique story.