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Gesture Collection

"Gestures: A Window into History and Culture" From Winston Churchill's iconic V for Victory sign to Fidel Castro's impassioned speeches

Background imageGesture Collection: Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942

Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942. A typical gesture of defiance from Britains wartime Prime Minister. (Colorised black and white print)

Background imageGesture Collection: Idleness, 1900 (oil on canvas)

Idleness, 1900 (oil on canvas)
987318 Idleness, 1900 (oil on canvas) by Godward, John William (1861-1922); 99.1x58.4 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Idleness. John William Godward (1861-1922). Oil on canvas. Painted in 1900

Background imageGesture Collection: Daniel Mendoza, engraved by Henry Kinsbury, 1789 (litho)

Daniel Mendoza, engraved by Henry Kinsbury, 1789 (litho)
XJF377272 Daniel Mendoza, engraved by Henry Kinsbury, 1789 (litho) by Robineau, Charles Jean (d.c.1787) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGesture Collection: THE HONEYMOONERS, c1955. Left to right: Cast members Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney

THE HONEYMOONERS, c1955. Left to right: Cast members Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, and Joyce Randolph in a publicity photograph for the television series The Honeymooners, c1955

Background imageGesture Collection: Et in Arcadia Ego, c1650. Artist: Nicolas Poussin

Et in Arcadia Ego, c1650. Artist: Nicolas Poussin
Et in Arcadia Ego, c1650. The painting, also known as The Arcadian Shepherds, shows a Greek mythological scene in which a group of shepherds inspects an inscribed coffin

Background imageGesture Collection: Fidel Castro - Speech

Fidel Castro - Speech
FIDEL CASTRO - President of Cuba giving a speech in Havana in August 1993. *UNAVAILABLE FOR USE IN ASIA AT PRESENT*

Background imageGesture Collection: Christ as Salvator Mundi

Christ as Salvator Mundi
FIA5385563 Christ as Salvator Mundi by Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519); Private Collection; (add.info.: eRobert Simon Fine Art); Photo eFine Art Images; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageGesture Collection: George Whitefield preaching at Moorfields Fair, 1742

George Whitefield preaching at Moorfields Fair, 1742
George Whitefield(1714-1770), nonconformist preacher, depicted preaching under difficult circumstances at Moorfields Fair on Whit Monday, 1742. 1742

Background imageGesture Collection: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - still from the Radio Picture Ltd production Shall We Dance?

Background imageGesture Collection: Zeus / Jupiter

Zeus / Jupiter
Zeus (Jupiter) and Hera (Juno) sit with his eagle, visited by Poseidon (Neptune) Hermes (Mercury) and his son (by Alkmene, not Hera, hence her gesture) Herakles

Background imageGesture Collection: A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)

A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)
985676 A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c.1921 (sepia photo) by Halberstadt, Max (1882-1940); 35.6x25.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGesture Collection: Christ Pantocrator (encaustic on panel)

Christ Pantocrator (encaustic on panel)
876969 Christ Pantocrator (encaustic on panel) by Byzantine School, (6th century); Monastery of Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai, Egypt; Photo eZev Radovan; out of copyright

Background imageGesture Collection: Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon

Royal Air Force Display Poster, Hendon, showing a pilot in flying gear, gesturing towards three biplanes in flight. 1934

Background imageGesture Collection: Buddha statue (1790)

Buddha statue (1790), Japanese Tea Gardens, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA

Background imageGesture Collection: Jem Mace, Boxer

Jem Mace, Boxer
" Gypsy" Jem Mace (1831 - 1910), English champion and known as the " Father of Modern Boxing"

Background imageGesture Collection: Figurines of Chairman Mao at antiques shop, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

Figurines of Chairman Mao at antiques shop, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China, Asia

Background imageGesture Collection: Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK

Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imageGesture Collection: Tennis Chivalry 1930S

Tennis Chivalry 1930S
A chivalrous gentleman tennis player bows as he shakes the hand of his attractive female opponent over the net!

Background imageGesture Collection: Statue of the Hindu goddess Durga, Goverdan, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

Statue of the Hindu goddess Durga, Goverdan, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

Background imageGesture Collection: Womens Rights / Personali

Womens Rights / Personali
CHRISTABEL PANKHURST Womens rights advocate & Suffragette. Daughter of Emiline Pankhurst

Background imageGesture Collection: Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth
JESUS OF NAZARETH with his right hand raised in a blessing gesture

Background imageGesture Collection: Caesar Releases Domitius

Caesar Releases Domitius
Julius Caesar captures his opponent Domitius, but diplomatically releases him as a gesture of conciliation

Background imageGesture Collection: Portrait of a young Chinese man eating rice

Portrait of a young Chinese man eating rice China Shanghai. Date of Photograph:1900 ca

Background imageGesture Collection: Picture No. 11092755

Picture No. 11092755
Dog Pug puppy paws raised Date:

Background imageGesture Collection: British Open 1975. Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland, held 9th - 13th July 1975

British Open 1975. Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland, held 9th - 13th July 1975. Pictured, Johnny Miller acknowledges the crowd after his putt. 11th July 1975

Background imageGesture Collection: Music cover, On the Good Ship Lollipop, Shirley Temple

Music cover, On the Good Ship Lollipop, Shirley Temple
Music cover, On the Good Ship Lollipop, words and music by Sidney Clare and Richard A Whiting, as sung by Shirley Temple in the film Bright Eyes. 1934

Background imageGesture Collection: Mr Pastry, aka Richard Hearne, with lion

Mr Pastry, aka Richard Hearne, with lion
Mr Pastry, aka the comic actor Richard Hearne (1908-1979), with a lion. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageGesture Collection: WWI Poster, The Recruiting Sergeant

WWI Poster, The Recruiting Sergeant
WWI Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster, The Recruiting Sergeant, shown beckoning for men to join him. Date: 1915

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

Vintage image of boy raising hand in classroom

Background imageGesture Collection: Gabriele d Annunzio in Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia)

Gabriele d Annunzio in Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia)
Gabriele d Annunzio (1863-1938) in Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia), at the time of its occupation (under his leadership) by Italian nationalists

Background imageGesture Collection: Queen Elizabeth II North America visit - with Nixon, 1957

Queen Elizabeth II North America visit - with Nixon, 1957
The royal visit to North America, 1957. Vice president Nixon points out the surrounding landmarks on the steps of the Capitol to Queen Elizabeth II, who looks in the opposite direction. Mrs

Background imageGesture Collection: Two Women Kiss

Two Women Kiss
Two women kiss 1904

Background imageGesture Collection: Nikolay Urvantsev, Soviet geologist

Nikolay Urvantsev, Soviet geologist
Nikolay Nikolayevich Urvantsev (1893-1985), Soviet geologist, speaking in public at his 80th birthday celebration. Urvantsev is best known for his exploration of northern Siberia and the Arctic

Background imageGesture Collection: MONROE & DIMAGGIO, c1954. Marilyn Monroe and her husband Joe DiMaggio, waving to a crowd

MONROE & DIMAGGIO, c1954. Marilyn Monroe and her husband Joe DiMaggio, waving to a crowd. Photograph, c1954

Background imageGesture Collection: The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper)

The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper)
823500 The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper) by Simonetti, Ettore (19th century); 75.5x53.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Jewel Box. Ettore Simonetti (1857-1909)

Background imageGesture Collection: The Fortune Teller, 1899 (oil on canvas)

The Fortune Teller, 1899 (oil on canvas)
989688 The Fortune Teller, 1899 (oil on canvas) by Wontner, William Clark (1857-1930); 81.9x67.9 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fortune Teller. William Clarke Wontner (1857-1930)

Background imageGesture Collection: Punk rock group 'Sex Pistols'manager Malcolm McLaren

Punk rock group "Sex Pistols"manager Malcolm McLaren
Punk rock group " Sex Pistols" manager Malcolm McLaren and friend designer Viviane Westwood seen here outside Bow Street Magistrate Court, after being remanded on bail for fighting

Background imageGesture Collection: Seamen salute the resting place of USS Lexington

Seamen salute the resting place of USS Lexington
July 26, 2007 - Seamen salute as USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) passes the final resting place of USS Lexington (CV-2). USS Kitty Hawk was passing the spot where USS Lexington sunk during the Battle of

Background imageGesture Collection: 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans

1965 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 20: Jackie Stewart gives the thumbs up to teammate Graham Hill who replies with a two finger salute

Background imageGesture Collection: Statue depicting San Gennaro (St. Januarius), by Giuliano Finelli, in the Cappella di San Gennaro

Statue depicting San Gennaro (St. Januarius), by Giuliano Finelli, in the Cappella di San Gennaro, in the cathedral of Naples Naples Cathedral, Cappella di San Gennaro Statue Baroque

Background imageGesture Collection: Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, 17th century (painting)

Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, 17th century (painting)
7129357 Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, 17th century (painting) by Lanfranco, Giovanni (1582-1647); Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

Background imageGesture Collection: Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)

Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)
1197530 Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas) by Chierici, Gaetano (1838-1920); 33x42 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageGesture Collection: Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets (colour lithograph)

Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets (colour lithograph)
1770036 Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets (colour lithograph) by D Ylen, Jean (1866-1938); 128x90 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets)

Background imageGesture Collection: A shooter signals the launch of an F / A-18 Super Hornet

A shooter signals the launch of an F / A-18 Super Hornet
Persian Gulf, February 7, 2008 - A shooter on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, gives the signal for an F/A-18E Super Hornet to launch off ship

Background imageGesture Collection: (1894-1971). Soviet politician. Photographed c1960

(1894-1971). Soviet politician. Photographed c1960
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV (1894-1971). Soviet politician. Photographed c1960

Background imageGesture Collection: FOOTBALL GAME, 1965. Defensive tackle Roger Brown of the Detroit Lions exults after sacking

FOOTBALL GAME, 1965. Defensive tackle Roger Brown of the Detroit Lions exults after sacking quarterback Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers (kneeling) in the end zone for a safety

Background imageGesture Collection: Standing Buddha statue

Standing Buddha statue, Aukana, near Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, Asia

Background imageGesture Collection: Dancers, Bali

Dancers, Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asia



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"Gestures: A Window into History and Culture" From Winston Churchill's iconic V for Victory sign to Fidel Castro's impassioned speeches, gestures have long played a significant role in shaping our world. They convey emotions, beliefs, and aspirations that transcend language barriers. In 1942, as the world was engulfed in war, Churchill's defiant gesture became a symbol of hope and resilience. In the realm of entertainment, Jackie Gleason and his fellow cast members from The Honeymooners immortalized their camaraderie through gestures captured in publicity photographs. These gestures spoke volumes about friendship and laughter shared on screen during the 1950s. Gestures also hold historical significance beyond politics and entertainment. Daniel Mendoza's lithograph showcases his boxing prowess while Sigmund Freud's signed photograph captures the enigmatic presence of one of psychology's greatest minds. Artistic expressions often find solace in gestures too. From Christ Pantocrator’s serene encaustic gaze to Nicolas Poussin’s poignant Et in Arcadia Ego painting, these works evoke deep contemplation through subtle hand movements. Religion is replete with meaningful gestures as well. George Whitefield passionately preaching at Moorfields Fair or Fred Astaire gracefully dancing alongside Ginger Rogers demonstrate how body language can inspire faith or captivate audiences with its elegance. Beyond Western culture lies an array of diverse traditions represented by Zeus/Jupiter statues or Hindu goddess Durga sculptures adorning temples across India. Each gesture carries profound spiritual meaning within its cultural context. Lastly, Buddha’s statue from 1790 reminds us of enlightenment achieved through peaceful meditation—a timeless gesture that continues to resonate today. These glimpses into history remind us that they are not mere physical actions but powerful conduits for human expression—bridging gaps between cultures, transcending time itself—and reminding us all that sometimes words are simply not enough to convey what our hearts truly feel.