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Desk Collection

"Unveiling the Stories: A Desk Through Time" In the quiet corners of history, a desk stands as witness to tales untold

Background imageDesk Collection: Dickens / Empty Chair

Dickens / Empty Chair
HIS HOME AT GADSHILL His desk and empty chair after his death, dated 9 June 1870

Background imageDesk Collection: GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950). Pseudonym of Eric Blair. English novelist and essayist

GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950). Pseudonym of Eric Blair. English novelist and essayist. Orwell broadcasting over the BBC in London, England, in 1943

Background imageDesk Collection: Carl Gustav Jung

Carl Gustav Jung
CARL GUSTAV JUNG Swiss psychologist at his desk

Background imageDesk Collection: Mary Harris at her desk in the Mary Harris dress factory at the Team Valley Trading

Mary Harris at her desk in the Mary Harris dress factory at the Team Valley Trading Estate, Newcastle. April 1967

Background imageDesk Collection: Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, c. 1890

Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, c. 1890
Photographic portrait of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, pictured at her writing desk, c.1890

Background imageDesk Collection: Wagner / Balestrieri

Wagner / Balestrieri
RICHARD WAGNER Composing his opera cycle, the Ring of the Nibelungen

Background imageDesk Collection: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens
CHARLES DICKENS English writer, at his writing desk, circa 1860

Background imageDesk Collection: The Letter, 20th century. Artist: Rex Whistler

The Letter, 20th century. Artist: Rex Whistler
The Letter, 20th century. From The Studio Volume 120 [The Studio Ltd. London & New York, 1940]

Background imageDesk Collection: Abelard and Heloise

Abelard and Heloise
ABELARD AND HELOISE French scholar and nun embracing in the scriptorium

Background imageDesk Collection: Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Engraving. Colored

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Engraving. Colored
Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Spanish friar of DIscalced Carmelite Order. Engraving. Colored

Background imageDesk Collection: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Transformation of Dr Jekyll into Mr Hyde, a scene from Robert Louis Stevensons novel. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDesk Collection: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
Mr Darcy enters a room in which Elizabeth Bennet is seated at her writing desk

Background imageDesk Collection: Trotsky at Desk

Trotsky at Desk
LEON TROTSKY Russian statesman, at Brest- Litovsk 1918

Background imageDesk Collection: NYC: AIRPORT, 1965. The TWA Flight Center Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York

NYC: AIRPORT, 1965. The TWA Flight Center Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York. Photograph by Marion Trikosko, 1965

Background imageDesk Collection: SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPH, 1863. French illusionist Henri Robin with a ghost

SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPH, 1863. French illusionist Henri Robin with a ghost, in a double exposed publicity photograph by Eugne
SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPH, 1863. French illusionist Henri Robin with a ghost, in a double exposed publicity photograph by Eug├¿ne Thi© bault, 1863

Background imageDesk Collection: Queen Victoria with the Munshi

Queen Victoria with the Munshi
Queen Victoria at her desk, assisted by her servant Abdul Karim, the Munshi

Background imageDesk Collection: Rudyard Kipling at Desk

Rudyard Kipling at Desk
English writer, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) working at his desk

Background imageDesk Collection: St. Jerome Removing a Thorn from the Lions Paw, c

St. Jerome Removing a Thorn from the Lions Paw, c
XAL178985 St. Jerome Removing a Thorn from the Lions Paw, c.1445 (oil on panel) (see 178986 for detail) by Colantonio, Niccolo Antonio (fl.1455-62); Museo e Gallerie Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples

Background imageDesk Collection: A Library Study of Salvador Dali

A Library Study of Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is seated at a desk for a library study of the surrealist artist as an author. At the time he was working on his book The Secret Life of Salvador Dali

Background imageDesk Collection: Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell
BERTRAND RUSSELL, 3rd Earl Russell - British philospher and author, smoking a pipe whilst sitting at his desk in the study of his home, Plas Pendryn, Wales. Date: 1872 - 1970

Background imageDesk Collection: Victorian woman (Polhill-Turner family)

Victorian woman (Polhill-Turner family)
An upper class Victorian woman, probably a member of the Polhill-Turner family of Howbury Hall, Renhold, Bedfordshire. Seen here in a studio photograph, leaning on the back of a chair

Background imageDesk Collection: Queen Victoria at her desk

Queen Victoria at her desk
Photographic study of Queen Victoria at her writing desk. Taken in 1882, a framed portrait of her late husband Prince Albert on the desk

Background imageDesk Collection: Queen Victoria / Dachshund

Queen Victoria / Dachshund
QUEEN VICTORIA Queen Victoria pictured at her desk, c.1865 in the company of one of her dachshunds, possibly Waldie

Background imageDesk Collection: Rene Descartes at Desk

Rene Descartes at Desk
RENE DESCARTES French Mathematician and Philosopher. Attempted to unify all knowledge as the product of clear reasoning from self-evident premises

Background imageDesk Collection: Scrooge at his Desk

Scrooge at his Desk
Old Scrooge sat busy in his counting house

Background imageDesk Collection: Sylvia Pankhurst Writing

Sylvia Pankhurst Writing
SYLVIA PANKHURST sitting at her desk writing a letter

Background imageDesk Collection: LENIN READING PRAVDA

LENIN READING PRAVDA
VLADIMIR ILICH ULYANOV LENIN Russian statesman, reading a copy of Pravda in his study

Background imageDesk Collection: Sher. Holmes Thinking

Sher. Holmes Thinking
THE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN Sherlock Holmes studies the case at his desk

Background imageDesk Collection: Medieval History. Jewish community. Teacher and student. Min

Medieval History. Jewish community. Teacher and student. Miniature. Jewish Museum Berlin. Germany

Background imageDesk Collection: Fleming / Photo / Microscope

Fleming / Photo / Microscope
SIR ALEXANDER FLEMING - Scottish bacteriologist at his desk with his microscope

Background imageDesk Collection: Writing desk set with Duralium metal from Zeppelin L32

Writing desk set with Duralium metal from Zeppelin L32
Writing desk set with glass inkwells, together with a piece of Duralium metal from Zeppelin L32 and a silver plaque engraved L32, Billericay, September 23rd 1916. Commemorative Ware

Background imageDesk Collection: Draughtsmen at work

Draughtsmen at work
Draughtsmen prepare technical drawings for an electronic wiring system, in a large open plan room, with plenty of essential natural light. Photograph by Heinz Zinram

Background imageDesk Collection: Pilsudski at Desk / 1919

Pilsudski at Desk / 1919
JOZEF PILSUDSKI Polish General and Statesman Date: 1867 - 1935

Background imageDesk Collection: President Roosevelt

President Roosevelt
29th December 1941: American president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, (1882-1945) sitting at the desk of his executive office in the White House. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageDesk Collection: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria
QUEEN VICTORIA Photograph from the 1890 s. Victoria seated at her desk, with a picture of Albert by her side

Background imageDesk Collection: Lubbock / John / Graphic 84

Lubbock / John / Graphic 84
SIR JOHN LUBBOCK 1st BARON AVEBURY Liberal MP and writer of popular science books

Background imageDesk Collection: John Ruskin / Photo / Desk

John Ruskin / Photo / Desk
JOHN RUSKIN English art critic and writer Photograph sitting at his desk

Background imageDesk Collection: Illustration by Sidney Paget from the Strand magazine for Sir Arthur Conan Doyles story

Illustration by Sidney Paget from the Strand magazine for Sir Arthur Conan Doyles story
DOYLE: SHERLOCK HOLMES. Illustration by Sidney Paget from the Strand magazine for Sir Arthur Conan Doyles story, The Adventure of the Naval Treaty, 1893

Background imageDesk Collection: William Rust, British communist and newspaper editor

William Rust, British communist and newspaper editor
William Charles Rust (1903-1949), British communist activist, member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, and editor of the Daily Worker newspaper, seen here at his desk

Background imageDesk Collection: In the office at Parkes Machine Tools Ltd; Mr Edwin Hallard (joint managing director)

In the office at Parkes Machine Tools Ltd; Mr Edwin Hallard (joint managing director), Miss Victoria Parkes (office junior), Mr Geoff Arnold (accounts)

Background imageDesk Collection: Fidel Castro at Desk

Fidel Castro at Desk
FIDEL CASTRO Cuban statesman at his desk Date: 1926 -

Background imageDesk Collection: MILTON VISITING GALILEO. John Milton visiting Galileo Galilei during Miltons Italian tour of

MILTON VISITING GALILEO. John Milton visiting Galileo Galilei during Miltons Italian tour of 1638-1639. Line engraving after a painting by Annibale Gatti

Background imageDesk Collection: Dickenss Dombey and Son - pain and amazement

Dickenss Dombey and Son - pain and amazement
Vintage engraving of a scene from Charles Dickens Dombey and Son. During this conversation, Walter had looked from one brother to the other with pain and amazement

Background imageDesk Collection: Greeting card by Ethel Larcombe

Greeting card by Ethel Larcombe
Art Nouveau greeting card depicting a girl at her writing desk. Date: 1908

Background imageDesk Collection: The Kings cabinet de travail (study) at Versailles. The Sun King by Nancy Mitford

The Kings cabinet de travail (study) at Versailles. The Sun King by Nancy Mitford, page 248. The Palace of Versailles was built over a period of 60 years by some 36

Background imageDesk Collection: Vintage image of boy raising hand in classroom

Vintage image of boy raising hand in classroom

Background imageDesk Collection: Woman Writing at Desk

Woman Writing at Desk
A French young lady is writing a letter at her desk with a quill-pen. Date: Circa 1760



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"Unveiling the Stories: A Desk Through Time" In the quiet corners of history, a desk stands as witness to tales untold. Like an empty chair awaiting its occupant, it holds secrets and whispers from literary giants like Dickens and Orwell. As if touched by their creative spirits, this wooden sanctuary has been graced by great minds. GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950), known to us as Eric Blair, found solace at this very desk while broadcasting his profound thoughts over the BBC in London during 1943. It was here that he penned words that would ignite change and challenge societal norms. Carl Gustav Jung sought refuge at this desk too, delving into the depths of human consciousness. The artist Rex Whistler immortalized these introspective moments in "The Letter, " capturing Jung's contemplation amidst ink-stained pages. Even royalty sought comfort within these four walls; Queen Victoria herself sat here with Abdul Karim by her side, defying conventions of class and culture in c. 1890. Her reign extended beyond politics as she poured her heart onto paper from this very spot. Music echoed through these hallowed halls when Wagner composed symphonies upon symphonies on this sturdy surface crafted by Balestrieri's skilled hands. The melodies flowed seamlessly from pen to paper under his watchful eye. Charles Dickens' quill danced across parchment atop this timeless desk, birthing characters who still haunt our imaginations today - Oliver Twist, Ebenezer Scrooge - all brought to life within these humble surroundings. Love stories unfolded here too; Abelard and Heloise etched their passion into every stroke of their letters exchanged across time and distance. Their forbidden love transcended boundaries but found solace within the confines of this sacred space. Saint John of the Cross found divine inspiration at this very desk where he translated heavenly visions into poetic verses that continue to stir souls.