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Ordeal Collection

In the face of adversity, humanity has always been tested

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry his Cross (colour litho)

Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry his Cross (colour litho)
5226673 Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry his Cross (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info.: Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry his Cross)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Tamino and Pamina

Tamino and Pamina
Guided and protected by the magic flute, Tamino and Pamina emerge unscathed from the ordeal of fire and water, and all will now be well for them

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Exodus of a people: the Serbian army protecting a column of peasants fleeing to Albania, World War I

Exodus of a people: the Serbian army protecting a column of peasants fleeing to Albania, World War I
6000376 Exodus of a people: the Serbian army protecting a column of peasants fleeing to Albania, World War I, 1915 (colour litho) by Bombled

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Cracker and Bogie

Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Cracker and Bogie
Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Cracker subjecting a small dog called Bogie to a nightly ordeal, holding her collar in his mouth and dragging her round the lawn on her back. Date: 1927

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Poison tanghin or ordeal tree, Tanghinia venenifera

Poison tanghin or ordeal tree, Tanghinia venenifera.. Illustration by Lady Frances Cole, engraved by Swan. Handcolored copperplate engraving from William Curtiss The Botanical Magazine

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Ordeal by Fire & Water

Ordeal by Fire & Water
A stage magician performs a feat of being immersed in fire and water

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Jesus meets his mother, Mary, while carrying his Cross (colour litho)

Jesus meets his mother, Mary, while carrying his Cross (colour litho)
5226675 Jesus meets his mother, Mary, while carrying his Cross (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jesus meets his mother, Mary, while carrying his Cross)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem on his way to his crucifixion (colour litho)

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem on his way to his crucifixion (colour litho)
5226670 Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem on his way to his crucifixion (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Royaumont Bible, New Testament: Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Royaumont Bible, New Testament: Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
XEE4137952 Royaumont Bible, New Testament: Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Virgin Mary, Saint Mary Magdalene and Saint John at the foot of the cross

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Calabar bean or ordeal bean, Physostigma venenosum

Calabar bean or ordeal bean, Physostigma venenosum. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr. Willibald Artus Hand-Atlas sammtlicher mediinisch-pharmaceutischer Gewachse

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Jesus falls for the first time while carrying his Cross (colour litho)

Jesus falls for the first time while carrying his Cross (colour litho)
5226676 Jesus falls for the first time while carrying his Cross (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jesus falls for the first time while carrying his Cross)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Jesus mocked after being crowned with the Crown of Thorns (colour litho)

Jesus mocked after being crowned with the Crown of Thorns (colour litho)
5226680 Jesus mocked after being crowned with the Crown of Thorns (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Jesus falls for the second time while carrying his Cross (colour litho)

Jesus falls for the second time while carrying his Cross (colour litho)
5226672 Jesus falls for the second time while carrying his Cross (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: After spending 11 hours in the sea, an RAF Hurricane pilot who had been shot down in

After spending 11 hours in the sea, an RAF Hurricane pilot who had been shot down in combat over the retreating enemy, walked in to an aerodrome near El- Daba

Background imageOrdeal Collection: The Red Water Ordeal, as Practised Among the Nations of Northern Guinea. Artist: J Le Conte

The Red Water Ordeal, as Practised Among the Nations of Northern Guinea. Artist: J Le Conte
The Red Water Ordeal, as Practised Among the Nations of Northern Guinea. A print from The Faiths of the World, A Dictionary of All Religions and Religious Sects, Volume II, by Reverend James Gardner

Background imageOrdeal Collection: WW2 Christmas Card, Felix The Lucky Cat

WW2 Christmas Card, Felix The Lucky Cat
A WW2 Christmas greetings card with a photograph of Felix the lucky cat. Felix was trapped at the bottom of a smouldering crater which was once Raphael House, for seventeen days

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Prince of Wales investiture, eight reportage photographs

Prince of Wales investiture, eight reportage photographs of scenes from the investiture, Carnarvon Castle, Wales. Captioned, Cool or Nervous

Background imageOrdeal Collection: MEASURING ST BERNARD

MEASURING ST BERNARD
A girl stands on a pile of books to measure the height of her Saint Bernard, who submits patiently to the ordeal. Date: late 19th century

Background imageOrdeal Collection: The Perilous Situation of Major Mony, When He Fell into the Sea with His Balloon, June 24, 1789

The Perilous Situation of Major Mony, When He Fell into the Sea with His Balloon, June 24, 1789. Creator: John Murphy
The Perilous Situation of Major Mony, When He Fell into the Sea with His Balloon on the 23rd of July, 1785, Off the Coast of Yarmouth; Most Providentially Discovered and Taken Up by the Argus Sloop

Background imageOrdeal Collection: The crown of thorns (colour litho)

The crown of thorns (colour litho)
3094601 The crown of thorns (colour litho) by German School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The crown of thorns)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: A British officer, carried off by a tiger, finds the strength to kill the animal with his pistol

A British officer, carried off by a tiger, finds the strength to kill the animal with his pistol (colour litho)
2779950 A British officer, carried off by a tiger, finds the strength to kill the animal with his pistol (colour litho) by French School

Background imageOrdeal Collection: A Judicial Duel in Merovingian Times, 1888 (colour litho)

A Judicial Duel in Merovingian Times, 1888 (colour litho)
CHT178732 A Judicial Duel in Merovingian Times, 1888 (colour litho) by Grasset, Eugene (1841-1917); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; © Archives Charmet

Background imageOrdeal Collection: The wandering Jew, surprised by the calvary which calls him, oil painting on canvas by Gustave

The wandering Jew, surprised by the calvary which calls him, oil painting on canvas by Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)
YOU4419153 The wandering Jew, surprised by the calvary which calls him, oil painting on canvas by Gustave Moreau (1826-1898). Photography, KIM Youngtae, Paris, Musee Gustave Moreau

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Deposition (Relief of the Altar, 1682)

Deposition (Relief of the Altar, 1682)
LRI4696835 Deposition (Relief of the Altar, 1682) by Rues, Tommaso (1633-1703); Church of the Redentore, Venice, Italy; (add.info)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Trial by Ordeal. 11th Century (colour litho)

Trial by Ordeal. 11th Century (colour litho)
670178 Trial by Ordeal. 11th Century (colour litho) by Moreland, Arthur (1876-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Trial by Ordeal. 11th Century)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Trial by the ordeal of boiling water, 1920s (litho)

Trial by the ordeal of boiling water, 1920s (litho)
832986 Trial by the ordeal of boiling water, 1920s (litho) by Stewart, Allan (1865-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Illustration from Hutchinsons Story of the British Nation)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Napoleons Grande Armee retreating from Russia, 1812 (colour litho)

Napoleons Grande Armee retreating from Russia, 1812 (colour litho)
3622128 Napoleons Grande Armee retreating from Russia, 1812 (colour litho) by Beuzon, Joseph (1864-1940); Private Collection; (add.info.: Napoleons Grande Armee retreating from Russia, 1812)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Court Ordeal

Court Ordeal Ridden By R. Forristal 25 January 1999 Date: 25 January 1999

Background imageOrdeal Collection: The climb to Calvary, 1538 (painting)

The climb to Calvary, 1538 (painting)
LRI4650968 The climb to Calvary, 1538 (painting) by Cranach, Lucas the Elder (1472-1553); Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Background imageOrdeal Collection: The Persecution of Job. Creator: Georg Pencz

The Persecution of Job. Creator: Georg Pencz
The Persecution of Job

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Pious image : Crucifixion (canivet)

Pious image : Crucifixion (canivet)
LRI4628913 Pious image : Crucifixion (canivet) by Anonymous; Private Collection; (add.info.: Crucifixion Pious image in the channel. Inscriptions INRI (I.N.R.I.)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Christ on the Cross Painting by Philip of Champaigne (1602-1674) (ec. flam

Christ on the Cross Painting by Philip of Champaigne (1602-1674) (ec. flam
JLJ4585569 Christ on the Cross Painting by Philip of Champaigne (1602-1674) (ec.flam.) 17th century Kansas City. Nelson Gallery by Champaigne, Philippe de (1602-74); Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Le portement de croix Painting on wood by Simone Martini (ca. 1284-1344) Dim

Le portement de croix Painting on wood by Simone Martini (ca. 1284-1344) Dim
JLJ4660298 Le portement de croix Painting on wood by Simone Martini (ca. 1284-1344) Dim. 0, 3x0, 2 m - The Carrying of the Cross. Painting on wood by Simone Martini (circa 1284-1344). 0.3 x 0.2 m

Background imageOrdeal Collection: La Montee au Calvary (The Way of the Cross) (The Carriage of the Cross

La Montee au Calvary (The Way of the Cross) (The Carriage of the Cross
LRI4622499 La Montee au Calvary (The Way of the Cross) (The Carriage of the Cross) Painting by Jacopo Robusti dit le Tintoret (Tintoretto) (1518-1594) 1566-1567 Sun

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Bible Scene - Way of the Cross: Jesus is the burden of the cross

Bible Scene - Way of the Cross: Jesus is the burden of the cross
XEE4157686 Bible Scene - Way of the Cross: Jesus is the burden of the cross. Engraving in " Le Pelerin" of May 3, 1896

Background imageOrdeal Collection: View of Calvary, during the feasts of the Ste Croix, in Suresnes - in '

View of Calvary, during the feasts of the Ste Croix, in Suresnes - in "
LSE4083765 View of Calvary, during the feasts of the Ste Croix, in Suresnes - in " Vues de Paris" by Courvoisier, 1827 by Courvoisier-Voisin

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Bible Scene - Way of the Cross: Jesus helps by Simon of Cyrene (the Cyrenean)

Bible Scene - Way of the Cross: Jesus helps by Simon of Cyrene (the Cyrenean)
XEE4157402 Bible Scene - Way of the Cross: Jesus helps by Simon of Cyrene (the Cyrenean). Engraving in " Le Pelerin" of 13 September 1896

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Bible Scene - Way of the Cross: Jesus falls a second time

Bible Scene - Way of the Cross: Jesus falls a second time
XEE4157352 Bible Scene - Way of the Cross: Jesus falls a second time. Engraving in " Le Pelerin" of November 29, 1896

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Job and his friends (colour litho)

Job and his friends (colour litho)
5226840 Job and his friends (colour litho) by Lecomte du Nouy, Jean Jules Antoine (1842-1923); Private Collection; (add.info.: Job and his friends.); © Look and Learn

Background imageOrdeal Collection: The Ordeal by Fire, a Totem Ceremony (litho)

The Ordeal by Fire, a Totem Ceremony (litho)
3627374 The Ordeal by Fire, a Totem Ceremony (litho) by Hardy, Norman (1864-1914); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Ordeal by Fire, a Totem Ceremony)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Napoleons retreat from Moscow, 1812 (engraving)

Napoleons retreat from Moscow, 1812 (engraving)
3647632 Napoleons retreat from Moscow, 1812 (engraving) by Delort, Charles Edouard (1841-95); Private Collection; (add.info.: Napoleons retreat from Moscow, 1812)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Christ carrying the Cross (chromolitho)

Christ carrying the Cross (chromolitho)
3639321 Christ carrying the Cross (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Christ carrying the Cross.); Look and Learn / Valerie Jackson Harris Collection

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Ordeal by fire (litho)

Ordeal by fire (litho)
3623462 Ordeal by fire (litho) by Woodville, Richard Caton II (1856-1927) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ordeal by fire)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Jesus accepts his Cross (colour litho)

Jesus accepts his Cross (colour litho)
5226677 Jesus accepts his Cross (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jesus accepts his Cross)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Jesus is nailed to the Cross (colour litho)

Jesus is nailed to the Cross (colour litho)
5226667 Jesus is nailed to the Cross (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jesus is nailed to the Cross)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: Sketches at the Birmingham Cattle and Dog Shows (engraving)

Sketches at the Birmingham Cattle and Dog Shows (engraving)
1054317 Sketches at the Birmingham Cattle and Dog Shows (engraving) by Dollman, John Charles (1851-1934) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sketches at the Birmingham Cattle and Dog Shows)

Background imageOrdeal Collection: 'Ordeal'of Justice (engraving)

"Ordeal"of Justice (engraving)
1090784 " Ordeal" of Justice (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: " Ordeal" of Justice)



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In the face of adversity, humanity has always been tested. From Simon of Cyrene lending a hand to Jesus carrying his Cross, to the Serbian army protecting peasants fleeing during World War I, we witness the strength and resilience of individuals in times of ordeal. The trials faced by Tamino and Pamina in their quest for love remind us that even in fictional tales, characters must endure hardships before finding happiness. Similarly, Cecil Aldin's illustration captures the determination of Cracker and Bogie as they navigate through challenges together. Nature itself presents its own ordeals - like the poison tanghin tree with its deadly fruit. Its very existence serves as a reminder that beauty can sometimes be accompanied by danger. Ordeal by fire and water symbolizes ancient methods used to determine innocence or guilt. It reminds us that justice often demands sacrifice and endurance from those involved. Advertisements also reflect our ability to overcome obstacles. The Dunlop Tyre advert highlights how reliable tires can help us conquer any road ahead while Felix The Lucky Cat on a WW2 Christmas card represents hope amidst chaos. Even significant historical events such as Prince Charles' investiture are not exempt from moments of trial. Reportage photographs capture both his anticipation and apprehension during this pivotal moment in his life. Artistic expressions have also explored themes throughout history. Paul Joseph Jamin's painting "A Rape in the Stone Age" depicts an unimaginable struggle faced by our ancestors long ago, reminding us how far we've come as a society. Finally, within religious texts like the Royaumont Bible's depiction of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, we find solace knowing that even divine figures experienced their own ordeals - offering comfort to those facing their own battles today. In all these instances - whether it be helping others carry burdens or enduring personal struggles - it is through perseverance that we triumph over adversity. Ordeals may test our limits but ultimately shape who we are as individuals and as a collective.