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Mending Collection

"Mending: A Tapestry of Repairs and Resilience" In a world where wear and tear are inevitable, the art emerges as a testament to human ingenuity and perseverance

Background imageMending Collection: Scotland - Lossiemouth Fisherman mending his lines

Scotland - Lossiemouth Fisherman mending his lines
Moray, Scotland - Lossiemouth Fisherman mending his lines Date: circa 1905

Background imageMending Collection: Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes

Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes
Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), British ballet dancer, pictured at her Kensington home repairing her ballet shoes around the time she danced the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at a Royal Command Gala

Background imageMending Collection: Silhouettes from the Somme by H. L. Oakley

Silhouettes from the Somme by H. L. Oakley
Various scenes on the Somme cut by famous silhouette artist, Captain H. L. Oakley showing the work to be done when pursuing the retreating Germans

Background imageMending Collection: Irish Leprechaun, or Fairy Shoemaker

Irish Leprechaun, or Fairy Shoemaker
An Irish Leprechaun, or Fairy Shoemaker, working on a pile of shoes

Background imageMending Collection: Union Soldiers Fill Downtime During Civil War

Union Soldiers Fill Downtime During Civil War
A group of Northern soldiers from the Army of the Potomac takes advantage of a respite from battle to write letters and mend clothing during the American Civil War, early 1860s

Background imageMending Collection: LFB Engineering Workshop - Vehicle repairs

LFB Engineering Workshop - Vehicle repairs

Background imageMending Collection: Sewing in the Garden by Millicent Sowerby

Sewing in the Garden by Millicent Sowerby
Two girl guides sit in a picturesque garden knitting socks and comforters after their exertions gardening

Background imageMending Collection: Iban tribeswoman mending bamboo longhouse verandah floor, Lemanak River

Iban tribeswoman mending bamboo longhouse verandah floor, Lemanak River, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageMending Collection: Mending the Baseball, (oil on canvas)

Mending the Baseball, (oil on canvas)
650883 Mending the Baseball, (oil on canvas) by Witkowski, Karl (1860-1910); 61.3x46 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Mending the Baseball. Karl Witkowski (1860-1910). Oil on canvas

Background imageMending Collection: Mending Day, by Ethel Parkinson

Mending Day, by Ethel Parkinson. A little Dutch girl sits mending a little boys breeches, while he stands uncomfortably with a towel round his waist

Background imageMending Collection: Fisherman mending nets on quayside at Katapola

Fisherman mending nets on quayside at Katapola, island of Amorgos, Cyclades, Greece, Europe

Background imageMending Collection: Illustrations of the War in Denmark: barrack life of Danish soldiers: Sunday morning, 1864

Illustrations of the War in Denmark: barrack life of Danish soldiers: Sunday morning, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Illustrations of the War in Denmark: barrack life of Danish soldiers: Sunday morning, 1864. Engraving '...illustrating the barrack life of the Danish soldiers at Sundsmark, in the Isle of Alsen

Background imageMending Collection: Illustration depicting revivers, women who would mend and made presentable old clothes sold in

Illustration depicting revivers, women who would mend and made presentable old clothes sold in the Petticoat Lane
5616354 Illustration depicting revivers, women who would mend and made presentable old clothes sold in the Petticoat Lane market, London, 1885 (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMending Collection: Canadian female sewing, 1883

Canadian female sewing, 1883
3479048 Canadian female sewing, 1883; (add.info.: Illustration showing young Canadian female sewing, mending a piece of clothing. Dated 1883.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMending Collection: Revivers

Revivers
5616059 Revivers; (add.info.: Illustration depicting revivers, women who would mend and made presentable old clothes sold in the Petticoat Lane Market, London. Dated 19th Century)

Background imageMending Collection: How films are made: Make-up Man on Set (colour litho)

How films are made: Make-up Man on Set (colour litho)
8660312 How films are made: Make-up Man on Set (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Make-up Man on Set)

Background imageMending Collection: Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving)

Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving)
8638763 Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving) by Bennett, Charles Henry (1828-67) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMending Collection: Buchsenmacher / Buchsenmacher (colour litho)

Buchsenmacher / Buchsenmacher (colour litho)
8666132 Buchsenmacher / Buchsenmacher (colour litho) by Christophe (Colomb, Georges) (1856-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: Buchsenmacher)

Background imageMending Collection: Port of Manchester (b/w photo)

Port of Manchester (b/w photo)
8652383 Port of Manchester (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Port of Manchester)

Background imageMending Collection: Street chair mender (engraving)

Street chair mender (engraving)
8641632 Street chair mender (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Street chair mender. Illustration for The Prize, 1889.); © Look and Learn

Background imageMending Collection: Repairing the City Wall (litho)

Repairing the City Wall (litho)
8647710 Repairing the City Wall (litho) by Crawford, Thomas Hamilton (1860-1948); Private Collection; (add.info.: Repairing the City Wall)

Background imageMending Collection: Pursuing Fugitives across the Chabur (litho)

Pursuing Fugitives across the Chabur (litho)
8660902 Pursuing Fugitives across the Chabur (litho) by Roe, Fred (1864-1947) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Pursuing Fugitives across the Chabur)

Background imageMending Collection: Sea Adventure: Kempthorne and the Algerines (colour litho)

Sea Adventure: Kempthorne and the Algerines (colour litho)
8668731 Sea Adventure: Kempthorne and the Algerines (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Kempthorne and the Algerines)

Background imageMending Collection: Needlework by Candlelight (oil on canvas)

Needlework by Candlelight (oil on canvas)
FNP270587 Needlework by Candlelight (oil on canvas) by Shaw, Arthur Winter (1869-1948); 53.3x43 cm; Private Collection

Background imageMending Collection: Repairing Belgian Road, 22 Oct 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

Repairing Belgian Road, 22 Oct 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
Repairing Belgian Road, 22 Oct 1918 (date created or published later). Men and vehicle repairing a road in Belgium during World War I

Background imageMending Collection: Germans fixing barbed wire tangle, between c1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Germans fixing barbed wire tangle, between c1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Germans fixing barbed wire tangle, between c1914 and c1915. German soldiers fixing a barbed wire entanglement during World War I

Background imageMending Collection: Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1877. Creator: Paul Cezanne

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1877. Creator: Paul Cezanne
Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1877

Background imageMending Collection: Inside a fisherman's cottage in Lapland, 1857. Creator: Johan Fredrik Hockert

Inside a fisherman's cottage in Lapland, 1857. Creator: Johan Fredrik Hockert
Inside a fisherman's cottage in Lapland, 1857

Background imageMending Collection: The sunny corner': young woman in a room in Hindeloopen, 1838-1904. Creator: Christoffel Bisschop

The sunny corner': young woman in a room in Hindeloopen, 1838-1904. Creator: Christoffel Bisschop
The sunny corner': young woman in a room in Hindeloopen, 1838-1904

Background imageMending Collection: Une femme comme moi...remettre un bouton?... 1844. Creator: Honore Daumier

Une femme comme moi...remettre un bouton?... 1844. Creator: Honore Daumier
Une femme comme moi...remettre un bouton?... 1844. Une femme comme moi...remettre un bouton?...vous etes fou!... - Allons bon

Background imageMending Collection: Mending The Nets, 1890. Creator: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe

Mending The Nets, 1890. Creator: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe
Mending The Nets, 1890

Background imageMending Collection: Dune landscape with lighthouse and people mending fishing nets, 1872-1944. Creator: Frans Smissaert

Dune landscape with lighthouse and people mending fishing nets, 1872-1944. Creator: Frans Smissaert
Dune landscape with lighthouse and people mending fishing nets, 1872-1944

Background imageMending Collection: A Fisherman's Wife, 1653. Creator: Gerrit Dou

A Fisherman's Wife, 1653. Creator: Gerrit Dou
A Fisherman's Wife, 1653

Background imageMending Collection: Fisher couple from Schokland, 1803-c.1899. Creator: J. Enklaar

Fisher couple from Schokland, 1803-c.1899. Creator: J. Enklaar
Fisher couple from Schokland, 1803-c.1899. The woman is spinning yarn with which her husband mends his net

Background imageMending Collection: In the Orphanage at Katwijk-Binnen, c.1870-c.1890. Creator: David Adolf Constant Artz

In the Orphanage at Katwijk-Binnen, c.1870-c.1890. Creator: David Adolf Constant Artz
In the Orphanage at Katwijk-Binnen, c.1870-c.1890

Background imageMending Collection: Mending nets on the dunes, 1872-1944. Creator: Frans Smissaert

Mending nets on the dunes, 1872-1944. Creator: Frans Smissaert
Mending nets on the dunes, 1872-1944

Background imageMending Collection: Fisherwomen mending fishing nets, 1872-1944. Creator: Frans Smissaert

Fisherwomen mending fishing nets, 1872-1944. Creator: Frans Smissaert
Fisherwomen mending fishing nets, 1872-1944

Background imageMending Collection: Boy and Girl in the Dunes, 1870-1890. Creator: David Adolf Constant Artz

Boy and Girl in the Dunes, 1870-1890. Creator: David Adolf Constant Artz
Boy and Girl in the Dunes, 1870-1890

Background imageMending Collection: Old Woman Mending at the Window, 1881. Creator: Max Liebermann

Old Woman Mending at the Window, 1881. Creator: Max Liebermann
Old Woman Mending at the Window, 1881

Background imageMending Collection: Woman sewing, 1850-1891. Creator: Theodule Ribot

Woman sewing, 1850-1891. Creator: Theodule Ribot
Woman sewing, 1850-1891

Background imageMending Collection: Captain Glasse, and his Chief Engineer, H.M.S. 'Vulture', superintending the repairs of

Captain Glasse, and his Chief Engineer, H.M.S. "Vulture", superintending the repairs of the Mortars Creator
Captain Glasse, and his Chief Engineer, H.M.S. "Vulture", superintending the repairs of the Mortars during the Bombardment of Sveaborg - sketched by J. W. Carmichael, 1856

Background imageMending Collection: Getting ready for a trip, c1905. Creator: Unknown

Getting ready for a trip, c1905. Creator: Unknown
Getting ready for a trip, c1905

Background imageMending Collection: At the China Repairer's, 1891. Creator: Wenzel Tornoe

At the China Repairer's, 1891. Creator: Wenzel Tornoe
At the China Repairer's, 1891

Background imageMending Collection: A fisherman shows his daughter a boat sailing away, 1854. Creator: Christen Dalsgaard

A fisherman shows his daughter a boat sailing away, 1854. Creator: Christen Dalsgaard
A fisherman shows his daughter a boat sailing away, 1854

Background imageMending Collection: A Fisherman from Sorrento, Italy, 1860. Creator: Carl Bloch

A Fisherman from Sorrento, Italy, 1860. Creator: Carl Bloch
A Fisherman from Sorrento, Italy, 1860

Background imageMending Collection: A stitch in time saves nine, 1902. Creator: Unknown

A stitch in time saves nine, 1902. Creator: Unknown
A stitch in time saves nine, 1902

Background imageMending Collection: 'A Women Sewing' after Nicholas Maes, 1890. Creator: Unknown. 'A Women Sewing' after Nicholas Maes

"A Women Sewing" after Nicholas Maes, 1890. Creator: Unknown. "A Women Sewing" after Nicholas Maes
"A Women Sewing" after Nicholas Maes, 1890. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 42. July to December, 1890

Background imageMending Collection: The tailor shop, 1904. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston

The tailor shop, 1904. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston
The tailor shop, 1904



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"Mending: A Tapestry of Repairs and Resilience" In a world where wear and tear are inevitable, the art emerges as a testament to human ingenuity and perseverance. From Margot Fonteyn delicately repairing her ballet shoes, ensuring every graceful step is flawlessly executed, to the Lossiemouth Fisherman meticulously mending his lines, preparing for another fruitful day at sea. Silhouettes from the Somme by H. L. Oakley capture soldiers on the battlefield stitching together their torn uniforms amidst chaos, symbolizing their unwavering determination even in the face of adversity. Meanwhile, an Irish Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker weaves enchantment into each stitch as he repairs magical footwear that carries dreams across mystical realms. Even during times of war, Union Soldiers find solace in filling their downtime with needlework and thread, transforming scraps into patches that mend not only clothing but also spirits worn thin by conflict. At LFB Engineering Workshop, skilled hands bring life back to broken vehicles through meticulous repairs - a testament to human innovation overcoming mechanical challenges. Sewing in the Garden by Millicent Sowerby showcases how mending extends beyond practicality; it becomes an opportunity for creativity and self-expression. The Iban tribeswoman along Lemanak River expertly fixes bamboo longhouse verandah floors - her actions reflecting generations of wisdom passed down through time. As baseball enthusiasts gather around Mending the Baseball painting on canvas, they witness more than just stitches closing gaps; they see hope being restored with each careful movement. Ethel Parkinson's Mending Day depicts a community coming together to fix what is broken - not just material possessions but also bonds between neighbors strengthened through shared efforts. On quaysides at Katapola or amidst road works in early 1900s London, fishermen repair nets while workers restore roads - both acts representing resilience against nature's forces and the determination to keep communities connected.