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Patterned Collection

"Unveiling the Beauty of Patterns

Background imagePatterned Collection: Female contortionist Diana Gaye playing records

Female contortionist Diana Gaye playing records
The female contortionist Diana Gaye in the sitting room, putting a record on the record player, with an array of the latest LP covers on display. Date: 1971

Background imagePatterned Collection: Honey bees on a honeycomb

Honey bees on a honeycomb
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) on a honeycomb. The chambers in a honeycomb are created using wax secreted by the bees. The chambers are then filled with honey, using nectar obtained from flowers

Background imagePatterned Collection: 19th Century Moroccan wall feature

19th Century Moroccan wall feature. Photographed in the the Marrakech Museum, Dar Menebhi Palace, Morocco

Background imagePatterned Collection: The Tube Station, c. 1932 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan)

The Tube Station, c. 1932 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan)
659543 The Tube Station, c.1932 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan) by Power, Cyril Edward (1874-1951); 25.5x29 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Tube Station)

Background imagePatterned Collection: Welsh Girls in Traditional Costume 1908

Welsh Girls in Traditional Costume 1908
A group of seven Welsh girls in traditional costume. One of them holds a large doll on her lap, and three are holding baskets

Background imagePatterned Collection: Back of a Beetle car painted in zebra stripes

Back of a Beetle car painted in zebra stripes, Cape Town, South Africa, Africa

Background imagePatterned Collection: A Street Scene in Cairo, by Charles Robertson

A Street Scene in Cairo, by Charles Robertson (1844-1891)

Background imagePatterned Collection: Lighthouse, Hopetown, Abaco, Bahamas, West Indies, Central America

Lighthouse, Hopetown, Abaco, Bahamas, West Indies, Central America

Background imagePatterned Collection: Ghana, Ashanti Region, Kumasi

Ghana, Ashanti Region, Kumasi. Kente cloth, the traditional fine textile used for robes in Ghana

Background imagePatterned Collection: Byzantine silk textiles dating from 10th century, Treasury of Ste. Foy

Byzantine silk textiles dating from 10th century, Treasury of Ste. Foy, Conques, Midi-Pyrenees, France, Europe

Background imagePatterned Collection: Naked little girl looking in the mirror

Naked little girl looking in the mirror
A little girl wearing nothing but her shoes and socks, and pink ribbons in her hair, looks in the mirror and says " Goodness, Is That Me!" She is holding an apple in her left hand

Background imagePatterned Collection: Ride-a-cock-horse to Banbury Cross

Ride-a-cock-horse to Banbury Cross to see a fine lady ride on a white horse... 20th century

Background imagePatterned Collection: Tea party

Tea party. Decorated cakes on a saucer surrounded by gerbera flowers

Background imagePatterned Collection: Quasicrystal

Quasicrystal. Computer model of a quasicrystal pattern. The crystals are a type of solid structure where there is long-range order with five-fold symmetry, which results in a non- repeating pattern

Background imagePatterned Collection: Young woman washing clothes at a sink

Young woman washing clothes at a sink
A young woman at a kitchen sink washing clothes using a washboard. There is a stack of four dinner plates waiting to be washed up, a kettle, and a tin of One-O-One which cleans without scratching

Background imagePatterned Collection: Women of Pleven, Bulgaria

Women of Pleven, Bulgaria
Pleven, Bulgaria - Women in the costume of the region, incorporating patterned ornamental aprons

Background imagePatterned Collection: Hook Head Lighthouse and Heritage Centre, County Wexford, Leinster, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Hook Head Lighthouse and Heritage Centre, County Wexford, Leinster, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Background imagePatterned Collection: Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier
(Sir) LAURENCE OLIVIER British actor of stage and screen

Background imagePatterned Collection: Maze, artwork

Maze, artwork
Maze, computer artwork

Background imagePatterned Collection: Green turtles mating

Green turtles mating. The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) is critically under threat of extinction and is a protected species. Photographed off Sipadan, Sabah, Malaysia

Background imagePatterned Collection: Woman Washing / Basin 1927

Woman Washing / Basin 1927
An attractive woman wearing a patterned dressing gown washes in a basin

Background imagePatterned Collection: Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda Island, British Virgin Islands, West Indies, Caribbean

Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda Island, British Virgin Islands, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imagePatterned Collection: Wind sock, aerodrome, Belle Ile en Mer, Breton Islands, Morbihan, France, Europe

Wind sock, aerodrome, Belle Ile en Mer, Breton Islands, Morbihan, France, Europe

Background imagePatterned Collection: Frog in human clothing on a French postcard

Frog in human clothing on a French postcard. Date: circa 1890s

Background imagePatterned Collection: Ancient Assyrian Costume

Ancient Assyrian Costume
ANCIENT ASSYRIA Weaponry and armour of Warriors, the King in his court regalia and ready for battle and the costume of his body guard. Date: B.C

Background imagePatterned Collection: Repeating Pattern - Heath Robinson Motorcars

Repeating Pattern - Heath Robinson Motorcars
Repeating Pattern - Wiliam Heath Robinson illustrations from How to be a Motorist - pale yellow background. *PLEASE NOTE that the magifying glass is solely to show the detail of the repeating pattern

Background imagePatterned Collection: Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, East Africa, Africa

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, East Africa, Africa

Background imagePatterned Collection: Pink abalone (Haliotis corrugata) shell detail, Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve

Pink abalone (Haliotis corrugata) shell detail, Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, January

Background imagePatterned Collection: Woman with spinning wheel, Isle of Harris, Scotland

Woman with spinning wheel, Isle of Harris, Scotland
On the Isle of Harris, Scotland, a woman uses an elegant old spinning wheel to make Harris tweed, while her dog sleeps beside her. Date: 1920s

Background imagePatterned Collection: Romanian Women - Traditional costume

Romanian Women - Traditional costume
A pair of Romanian women, in traditional National costume. A particularly fine example of the highly-decorative embroidery emplyed to decorate the skirts

Background imagePatterned Collection: Repeating Pattern - Art Deco Woman

Repeating Pattern - Art Deco Woman - black background. *PLEASE NOTE that the magifying glass is solely to show the detail of the repeating pattern and will not feature on the final file.*

Background imagePatterned Collection: Repeating Pattern - Art Deco Women

Repeating Pattern - Art Deco Women - dark blue background. *PLEASE NOTE that the magifying glass is solely to show the detail of the repeating pattern and will not feature on the final file.*

Background imagePatterned Collection: Repeating Pattern - Tea Cups

Repeating Pattern - Tea Cups. *PLEASE NOTE that the magnifying glass is solely to show the detail of the repeating pattern and will not feature on the final file.*

Background imagePatterned Collection: Wimborne Minster - The Grammar School

Wimborne Minster - The Grammar School - schoolboys playing cricket in the yard Date: circa 1907

Background imagePatterned Collection: Kenneth Kendall with teddy bears

Kenneth Kendall with teddy bears
Kenneth Kendall (1924-2012), British broadcaster. He worked for many years as a newsreader for the BBC and other channels, and also hosted the game show Treasure Hunt for Channel 4 (1982-1989)

Background imagePatterned Collection: 19th century Wallpaper

19th century Wallpaper
Williams Coopers Boyle & Co, grey and white patterned wallpaper, 1845 Date: 1845

Background imagePatterned Collection: Granite paving

Granite paving laid in a circular pattern. Photographed in Dusseldorf, Germany

Background imagePatterned Collection: Maze, computer artwork

Maze, computer artwork

Background imagePatterned Collection: Kenneth Kendall

Kenneth Kendall (b 1924), retired British broadcaster. He worked for many years as a newsreader for the BBC and other channels, and also hosted the game show Treasure Hunt for Channel 4 (1982-1989)

Background imagePatterned Collection: King cheetah coat

King cheetah coat. The king cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) has a different coat pattern to most other cheetahs, despite being of the same species

Background imagePatterned Collection: Combine harvesters in a scrapyard

Combine harvesters in a scrapyard
Combine harvesters. Aerial photograph of combine harvesters in a scrapyard. Photographed in Northumberland, UK

Background imagePatterned Collection: Badger cub (Meles meles), captive, United Kingdom, Europe

Badger cub (Meles meles), captive, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imagePatterned 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 imagePatterned Collection: Man riding an 1899 Marot-Gardon vintage tricycle

Man riding an 1899 Marot-Gardon vintage tricycle
Man wearing a Union Jack hat riding an 1899 Marot-Gardon vintage tricycle Date: circa 1980s

Background imagePatterned Collection: Still Life with Tulips and Iona, 1920s (oil on panel)

Still Life with Tulips and Iona, 1920s (oil on panel)
1197121 Still Life with Tulips and Iona, 1920s (oil on panel) by Cadell, Francis Campbell Boileau (1883-1937); 44.5x36.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Scottish, out of copyright

Background imagePatterned Collection: view of a Samoan Pe a tattoo, 19th Century (photo)

view of a Samoan Pe a tattoo, 19th Century (photo)
1079611 view of a Samoan Pe a tattoo, 19th Century (photo); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Pe a is the popular name of the traditional male tattoo of Samoa)

Background imagePatterned Collection: A Good Book, (oil on board)

A Good Book, (oil on board)
651199 A Good Book, (oil on board) by Firle, Walther (1859-1929); 49.5x63.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Good Book. Walter Firle (1859-1929). Oil on board

Background imagePatterned Collection: Grand Portico of the Temple of Philae - Nubia, 1842-1849 (tinted lithograph)

Grand Portico of the Temple of Philae - Nubia, 1842-1849 (tinted lithograph)
985994 Grand Portico of the Temple of Philae - Nubia, 1842-1849 (tinted lithograph) by Roberts, David (1796-1864); 62.5x45 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)



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"Unveiling the Beauty of Patterns: From Honey Bees to Byzantine Silk Textiles" The intricate dance of honey bees on a honeycomb reveals nature's perfect patterned harmony. Transport yourself back in time with a glimpse at a 19th-century Moroccan wall feature, showcasing mesmerizing geometric patterns. Charles Robertson captures the vibrant essence of Cairo's street scene, where patterns emerge from every corner and alleyway. Step into history as Welsh girls don traditional costumes adorned with captivating patterns, transporting us to 1908. Delve into the mesmerizing world of quasicrystals, where complex mathematical patterns intertwine effortlessly. Behold the majestic Hook Head Lighthouse in the Bahamas, standing tall amidst a backdrop of stunning natural patterns. Explore Ghana's Ashanti Region in Kumasi and be captivated by its rich cultural heritage expressed through vividly patterned artistry. Marvel at Byzantine silk textiles dating back to the 10th century, housed within the Treasury of Ste. Foy—a testament to human creativity and craftsmanship across generations. In an innocent moment captured forever, witness a naked little girl looking in the mirror—reflecting both vulnerability and curiosity within her own unique patterned existence. Immerse yourself in elegance as you attend a whimsical tea party filled with delicate porcelain cups and saucers adorned with charming floral patterns. A young woman finds solace amidst daily chores as she washes clothes at a sink—patterns emerging from soap suds dancing on fabric under cascading water droplets. The rugged beauty of Ireland comes alive at Hook Head Lighthouse & Heritage Centre—a beacon standing tall against dramatic coastal cliffs that have witnessed centuries worth of changing tides and weather. Patterns are everywhere; they tell stories, evoke emotions, and connect us all through their timeless allure.