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"Loss: A Journey Through Time and Tragedy" In the depths of loss, art emerges as a poignant reminder of our human experience

Background imageLoss Collection: The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. Artist: JMW Turner

The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. Artist: JMW Turner
The Fighting Temeraire, 1839. The 98-gun ship Temeraire became known as the Fighting Temeraire after its role in Nelsons victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Background imageLoss Collection: The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss, by H. M. Bateman

The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss, by H. M. Bateman
The inside of Lloyds and the Lutine bell, which is rung to announce a total loss, one stroke for bad news and two for good. Date: 1933

Background imageLoss Collection: Erebus and Terror, Franklins last trip

Erebus and Terror, Franklins last trip
The Erebus and Terror leave England on the Franklin polar expedition, never to return

Background imageLoss Collection: Hannibal winning Battle of Cannae

Hannibal winning Battle of Cannae
SECOND PUNIC WAR : Hannibal, the Carthaginian leader, though outnumbered by the Romans, wins a decisive victory at the Battle of Cannae thanks to his superior cavalry

Background imageLoss Collection: Loss of HMS Courageous by G. H. Davis

Loss of HMS Courageous by G. H. Davis
The loss of HMS Courageous: one of the Royal Navys aircraft carriers sunk by a German submarine. A sectional drawing of the vessel, showing amidships the boiler room section

Background imageLoss Collection: The ship Kapunda, 1887

The ship Kapunda, 1887
The British emigrant Ship, Kapunda, which was run down and sunk off the Coast of Brazil with the loss of 298 lives in 1887

Background imageLoss Collection: View of the luxurious reading room onboard the Titanic

View of the luxurious reading room onboard the Titanic
A view of one of the many luxurious interior features of the Titanic; the reading and writing room. First class passengers travelled in style onboard the Titanic, having free use of the gym

Background imageLoss Collection: Aztecs Warriors 1521

Aztecs Warriors 1521
Despite the loss of the Fort of Xoloc and the raising to the ground of the Old Palace at Tenochtitlan, the exhausted Aztecs fight furiously on

Background imageLoss Collection: Franklins expedition seeking Northwest Passage

Franklins expedition seeking Northwest Passage
Seals and sea-birds watch as Sir John Franklins Erebus and Terror sail cautiously between Arctic icebergs

Background imageLoss Collection: Coastguards and civilians of Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey

Coastguards and civilians of Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey
Commemorative postcard, Heroes All! Five brave coastguards and two civilians of Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, who rescued 20 members of the 2nd Walworth Boy Scouts Troop who got into difficulties

Background imageLoss Collection: Sport / Cricket / Ashes

Sport / Cricket / Ashes
The Ashes - The original announcement mourning the loss to the Australians ina test series

Background imageLoss Collection: Dandelion Clock & Prayer

Dandelion Clock & Prayer
A dandelion clock is used as a metaphor for measuring your life by loss and not by gain

Background imageLoss Collection: LZ 129 Hindenburg being consumed by fire shortly after a?

LZ 129 Hindenburg being consumed by fire shortly after a?
LZ 129 Hindenburg being consumed by fire shortly after arriving at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on 6 May 1937, with the loss of 35 on board plus one ground crew

Background imageLoss Collection: The Loss Book at Lloyds of London, 1877

The Loss Book at Lloyds of London, 1877
Engraving showing a group of Lloyds underwriters consulting the Loss Book in their offices, after a bad spell of storms in the winter of 1876-7

Background imageLoss Collection: A general view of the scene outside Silverdale House, Hampstead Road, London when

A general view of the scene outside Silverdale House, Hampstead Road, London when large crowds assembled to hamper the progress of police who had arrived to give bailiffs support in their attempt to

Background imageLoss Collection: Kensitas cigarettes advertisement - they re slimming

Kensitas cigarettes advertisement - they re slimming
Advertisement for Kensitas cigarettes advising that the best way to avoid eating between meals, gaining unslightly fat and avoiding the future shadow (that of a portly older woman)

Background imageLoss Collection: British merchant ship war losses by G. H. Davis

British merchant ship war losses by G. H. Davis
British merchant ship war losses during the Second World War: the toll of oversea supplies. Britain lost through enemy action 2570 ships and over 11 million tonnage

Background imageLoss Collection: Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan-zu), 14th century. Creator: Unknown

Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan-zu), 14th century. Creator: Unknown
Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan-zu), 14th century

Background imageLoss Collection: Loss of Queen Mary, Jutland

Loss of Queen Mary, Jutland
The battle cruiser Queen Mary explodes during the Battle of Jutland, World War One

Background imageLoss Collection: Mascaret (tidal bore) of the Seine, Normandy, France

Mascaret (tidal bore) of the Seine, Normandy, France
People watching the mascaret (tidal bore) of the River Seine at Caudebec-en-Caux, Normandy, France, which resulted from large spring tides, and caused the loss of many ships

Background imageLoss Collection: Sponge diver loses his footing

Sponge diver loses his footing
Diving for sponges off the Tunisian coast, diver loses a leg to a shark

Background imageLoss Collection: HMS Eurydice, Portsmouth Harbour, 1878

HMS Eurydice, Portsmouth Harbour, 1878
Engraving showing HMS Eurydice in Portsmouth Harbour, shortly before her last voyage, 1878. Launched in 1843 as a 21-gun frigate, by 1878 Eurydice was being used as a training ship

Background imageLoss Collection: Ethiopia / Negus Menelik

Ethiopia / Negus Menelik
The Negus Menelik II at the battle of Aduwa, where the Italian invaders under general Baratieri were routed with enormous loss

Background imageLoss Collection: East End Woman scared of dog making her to walk under ladder

East End Woman scared of dog making her to walk under ladder
" You never know you Luck." " Hi! Come back, yer Silly! Do yer want to spile yer Luck?" Date: 1892

Background imageLoss Collection: Lusitania Sinks (Dixon)

Lusitania Sinks (Dixon)
The Cunard passenger liner sinks, with the loss of 1198 lives, after being torpedoed off the Irish coast by German U-boat U-20, while returning to Britain from America

Background imageLoss Collection: Neuro-Grey Medicine Ad

Neuro-Grey Medicine Ad
Neuro-Grey cure-all for headaches, loss of appetite and many other symptoms

Background imageLoss Collection: Cross in the Wilderness, 1857. Creator: Frederic Edwin Church

Cross in the Wilderness, 1857. Creator: Frederic Edwin Church
Cross in the Wilderness, 1857

Background imageLoss Collection: The Lamentation, 1510. Creator: Ulrich Apt the Elder

The Lamentation, 1510. Creator: Ulrich Apt the Elder
The Lamentation, 1510

Background imageLoss Collection: The Death of Hyacinthus, 1752. Creators: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Ovid

The Death of Hyacinthus, 1752. Creators: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Ovid
The Death of Hyacinthus, 1752

Background imageLoss Collection: Woman With A Vase Of Flowers, c1903. Creator: Odilon Redon

Woman With A Vase Of Flowers, c1903. Creator: Odilon Redon
Woman With A Vase Of Flowers, c1903

Background imageLoss Collection: Lord Ullin's Daughter

Lord Ullin's Daughter
5307697 Lord Ullin's Daughter.; (add.info.: Illustration for Thomas Campbell's poem Lord Ullin's Daughter')

Background imageLoss Collection: An engraving depicting the loss of the Royal Mail steamship Amazon on her maiden voyage

An engraving depicting the loss of the Royal Mail steamship Amazon on her maiden voyage, 4th January 1852
5311055 An engraving depicting the loss of the Royal Mail steamship Amazon on her maiden voyage, 4th January 1852. 104 of the 162 persons on board lost

Background imageLoss Collection: Baldness cure

Baldness cure
2602586 Baldness cure; (add.info.: Baldness cure - triumph of hope over experience. Cartoon from Punch, London, December 1864.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageLoss Collection: A widow, 1850

A widow, 1850
3478264 A widow, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a widow grieving for her loss, whilst her children look on. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageLoss Collection: The loss of the steamer Great Liverpool, 1850

The loss of the steamer Great Liverpool, 1850
3478492 The loss of the steamer Great Liverpool, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the loss of the steamer the Great Liverpool near Cape Finistere)

Background imageLoss Collection: Russian Baltic Fleet attacking fishing boats

Russian Baltic Fleet attacking fishing boats
2604056 Russian Baltic Fleet attacking fishing boats; (add.info.: Russo - Japanese War 1904 - 1905: The Dogger Bank incident, October 1904)

Background imageLoss Collection: The loss of the Royal Mail steam ship Amazon, 1850

The loss of the Royal Mail steam ship Amazon, 1850
3478514 The loss of the Royal Mail steam ship Amazon, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the loss of the Royal Mail steam ship Amazon on her maiden voyage)

Background imageLoss Collection: Mother urging her child to go to work in the mill. Clothes are rags

Mother urging her child to go to work in the mill. Clothes are rags and straw helps keep his feet warm
527857 Mother urging her child to go to work in the mill. Clothes are rags and straw helps keep his feet warm. Children wait for mill door to open

Background imageLoss Collection: The French ocean liner SS L'Atlantique, from These Tremendous Years, publ. 1938 (b/w photo)

The French ocean liner SS L'Atlantique, from These Tremendous Years, publ. 1938 (b/w photo)
5323162 The French ocean liner SS L'Atlantique, from These Tremendous Years, publ. 1938 (b/w photo) by English School, (20th century); (add.info.: From These Tremendous Years, published 1938.)

Background imageLoss Collection: Barber's tactful approach to a client's baldness

Barber's tactful approach to a client's baldness
2602582 Barber's tactful approach to a client's baldness; (add.info.: Barber being tactful about a client's increasing baldness)

Background imageLoss Collection: A young widower, 1850

A young widower, 1850
3478263 A young widower, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a young widower, who us unable to come to terms with his loss. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageLoss Collection: Inconsolable Sorrow, 1884, (1965). Creator: Ivan Kramskoy

Inconsolable Sorrow, 1884, (1965). Creator: Ivan Kramskoy
Inconsolable Sorrow, 1884, (1965). A bereaved woman dressed in black, stands next to a wreath. A white garment, possibly a christening robe, suggests she has lost a child

Background imageLoss Collection: Death of Cock Robin

Death of Cock Robin
864163 Death of Cock Robin; (add.info.: The Death of Cock Robin. "All the birds of the air went a-sighing and a-sobbing/When they heard of the death of poor Cock Robin")

Background imageLoss Collection: Death of Freedom; Tod der Freiheit, 1929 (oil on canvas)

Death of Freedom; Tod der Freiheit, 1929 (oil on canvas)
653502 Death of Freedom; Tod der Freiheit, 1929 (oil on canvas) by Filla, Emil (1882-1953); 89x116 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Death of Freedom; Tod der Freiheit. Emil Filla (1882-1953)

Background imageLoss Collection: The loss of the iron steamer Elberfeld, 1850

The loss of the iron steamer Elberfeld, 1850
3478496 The loss of the iron steamer Elberfeld, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the loss of the iron steamer Elberfeld'. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageLoss Collection: Bubonic plague. 19th century (engraving)

Bubonic plague. 19th century (engraving)
672866 Bubonic plague. 19th century (engraving); (add.info.: Bubonic plague is a zoonotic disease, circulating mainly among small rodents and their fleas.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageLoss Collection: Loss of iron paddle-steamer troop ship Birkenhead off Simon's Bay South Africa 26 February 1852

Loss of iron paddle-steamer troop ship Birkenhead off Simon's Bay South Africa 26 February 1852
535483 Loss of iron paddle-steamer troop ship Birkenhead off Simon's Bay South Africa 26 February 1852.; (add.info.: Loss of iron paddle-steamer troop ship Birkenhead off Simon's Bay South)

Background imageLoss Collection: A surgeon on trial in front of Hammurabi accused of having caused the loss of the eye of a member

A surgeon on trial in front of Hammurabi accused of having caused the loss of the eye of a member of the upper class by
3033778 A surgeon on trial in front of Hammurabi accused of having caused the loss of the eye of a member of the upper class by an unskilful operation, if found guilty his hands would be amputated



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"Loss: A Journey Through Time and Tragedy" In the depths of loss, art emerges as a poignant reminder of our human experience. JMW Turner's masterpiece, "The Fighting Temeraire, " captures the bittersweet farewell of an iconic ship, symbolizing the passage of time and inevitable change. H. M. Bateman's "The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss" depicts a moment of regret, where missed opportunities lead to irreparable consequences. It serves as a cautionary tale for those who underestimate the gravity of their decisions. Franklin's ill-fated expedition seeking the Northwest Passage is immortalized in "Erebus and Terror. " These haunting vessels stand as silent witnesses to the perils faced by explorers in uncharted territories, reminding us that even great endeavors can end in tragedy. The tragic fate of HMS Courageous echoes through G. H. Davis' depiction, serving as a stark reminder that loss knows no boundaries - it strikes both on land and at sea with equal ferocity. As we delve into history further, we encounter the opulent reading room onboard Titanic – an emblematic representation of lives lost amidst grandeur. This chilling juxtaposition reminds us that even amidst luxury they can be indiscriminate. Turning back time to 1521 brings us face-to-face with Aztec warriors fighting valiantly against Spanish conquistadors. Their ultimate defeat signifies not only territorial loss but also cultural devastation – a painful chapter etched into history forever. Leysdown stands witness to coastal communities ravaged by nature's wrath; coastguards and civilians united in grief over losses suffered during tumultuous times. Their resilience shines through adversity – proof that strength can emerge from sorrow. Sports too bear witness to loss; cricket’s Ashes rivalry epitomizes triumphs tinged with heartbreaks. In this game where nations collide on pitches worldwide, victory often comes hand-in-hand with profound loss.