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Profession Collection

"Unveiling the Professions

Background imageProfession Collection: Victorian scrap - dentist pulling a tooth

Victorian scrap - dentist pulling a tooth. late 19th century

Background imageProfession Collection: Victorian gardener with watering can, Chelmsford

Victorian gardener with watering can, Chelmsford
Studio portrait of a Victorian gardener with watering can, Chelmsford. circa 1860s

Background imageProfession Collection: Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks -- photograph of four chefs (possibly French). circa late 19th century

Background imageProfession Collection: Gracie Fields Home and Orphanage, Peacehaven, Sussex

Gracie Fields Home and Orphanage, Peacehaven, Sussex
Children and staff stand in front of the orphanage and childrens home at Peacehaven in East Sussex. The home was opened in 1933 by the singing star Gracie Fields to care for the children of parents

Background imageProfession Collection: How films are made (litho)

How films are made (litho)
8675850 How films are made (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: How films are made. Illustration from How it is Made, by Ellison Hawks (Odhams Press Limited)

Background imageProfession Collection: Woodsman during a break from forest work, Historic, digitally restored reproduction of an original

Woodsman during a break from forest work, Historic, digitally restored reproduction of an original from the 19th
7279735 Woodsman during a break from forest work, Historic, digitally restored reproduction of an original from the 19th century by Unknown Artist

Background imageProfession Collection: Square du Petit Sablon, Brussels, Belgium

Square du Petit Sablon, Brussels, Belgium
Aerial view of the Square du Petit Sablon, Brussels, Belgium, a public garden noted for its statues of representatives from traditional professions. Date: circa 1900

Background imageProfession Collection: Ceramic artist working in her workshop with a potters wheel, turning a vase, Geisenhausen

Ceramic artist working in her workshop with a potters wheel, turning a vase, Geisenhausen, Bavaria, Germany, Europe

Background imageProfession Collection: Signwriters at work

Signwriters at work
A wonderful photograph by Heinz Zinram showing a master signwriter at work, with his younger collegue (or apprentice) behind. A study in concentration, accuracy and exactitude in the craftsmans art

Background imageProfession Collection: Barber

Barber
3782517 Barber by Amman, Jost (1539-91); (add.info.: Barber from the Book of Trades / Das Standebuch (Panoplia omnium illiberalium mechanicarum...)

Background imageProfession Collection: Typical Bulgarian Outfits, 1885

Typical Bulgarian Outfits, 1885
4 typical Bulgarian outfits of the time, 1885. We see the national costume, a water seller, a lady, and a peasant woman. Part of a piece on the crisis in Eastern Roumelia

Background imageProfession Collection: Barrister, Woman Of The Future (b / w photo)

Barrister, Woman Of The Future (b / w photo)
3092907 Barrister, Woman Of The Future (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Barrister, Woman Of The Future)

Background imageProfession Collection: Wheelwright (engraving)

Wheelwright (engraving)
2802012 Wheelwright (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Wheelwright. Illustration for An Illustrated Vocabulary For The Use Of The Deaf And Dumb (SPCK)

Background imageProfession Collection: A Map of Westmorland and Cumberland, 1576 (hand-coloured engraving)

A Map of Westmorland and Cumberland, 1576 (hand-coloured engraving)
985982 A Map of Westmorland and Cumberland, 1576 (hand-coloured engraving) by Saxton, Christopher (c.1542-c.1610); 38x48.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageProfession Collection: Photographer preparing a portrait of a mummy

Photographer preparing a portrait of a mummy. Nineteenth-century colored engraving

Background imageProfession Collection: Surveyors sitting in a circle during a meeting. Miniature of

Surveyors sitting in a circle during a meeting. Miniature of the 14th century

Background imageProfession Collection: A Ballet Dancer En Pointe

A Ballet Dancer En Pointe
Chicago, Illinois: c. 1940. A ballet dancer performing en pointe

Background imageProfession Collection: The old city bellman, Norwich

The old city bellman, Norwich
Photograph of an old city bellman in Norwich, UK 1905

Background imageProfession Collection: Wig Shop - Middle Temple, London

Wig Shop - Middle Temple, London
E Albins Wigmaker and Hair Cutters Shop, selling wigs to the members of the Legal Profession, based in the vicinity of the Middle Temple, London. Date: 1857

Background imageProfession Collection: Traffic Warden

Traffic Warden
A London traffic warden issuing a parking ticket to a hapless motorist. Not a popular profession. Date: 1980

Background imageProfession Collection: A Carpenter (oil on canvas)

A Carpenter (oil on canvas)
FIA5326843 A Carpenter (oil on canvas) by Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich (1878-1935); State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Background imageProfession Collection: Advertisement for Eastmans butchers

Advertisement for Eastmans butchers -- temptation for a confirmed vegetarian! Date: early 20th century

Background imageProfession Collection: Ms. Lat 209 fol. 11r The Professions, from De Sphaera (vellum)

Ms. Lat 209 fol. 11r The Professions, from De Sphaera (vellum)
XIR308310 Ms. Lat 209 fol.11r The Professions, from De Sphaera (vellum) by De Predis, Cristoforo (1440/45-86) (attributed to); Biblioteca Estense, Modena

Background imageProfession Collection: Gondolier in Venice, 1506

Gondolier in Venice, 1506
3784698 Gondolier in Venice, 1506; (add.info.: Gondolier in Venice, 1506- from engraving by Hippolyte Pauquet after V. Carpaccio. Plate XVII)

Background imageProfession Collection: Painters (woodcut)

Painters (woodcut)
8672863 Painters (woodcut) by German School, (17th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Painters. Illustration from Geschichte der Deutschen Kultur)

Background imageProfession Collection: He made a good impression on me (colour litho)

He made a good impression on me (colour litho)
8656789 He made a good impression on me (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "He made a good impression on me." Chimney sweep staining a)

Background imageProfession Collection: Sorting letters at a post office (b/w photo)

Sorting letters at a post office (b/w photo)
8626063 Sorting letters at a post office (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sorting letters at a post office)

Background imageProfession Collection: Telegraphing pictures of a football cup final (b/w photo)

Telegraphing pictures of a football cup final (b/w photo)
8626061 Telegraphing pictures of a football cup final (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Telegraphing pictures of a football cup final)

Background imageProfession Collection: Telephone repeater station (b/w photo)

Telephone repeater station (b/w photo)
8626068 Telephone repeater station (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Telephone repeater station)

Background imageProfession Collection: Stamp cancelling letters by machine (b/w photo)

Stamp cancelling letters by machine (b/w photo)
8626064 Stamp cancelling letters by machine (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Stamp cancelling letters by machine)

Background imageProfession Collection: Catalan azulejos of 17th-18th century representing the former artisans (weaver, fisherman, hunter)

Catalan azulejos of 17th-18th century representing the former artisans (weaver, fisherman, hunter, drum on horseback)
AIS5351145 Catalan azulejos of 17th-18th century representing the former artisans (weaver, fisherman, hunter, drum on horseback, cooper, cook, carpenter) (ceramic); © Iberfoto

Background imageProfession Collection: A wallpaper maker, c.1735 (engaving)

A wallpaper maker, c.1735 (engaving)
8698377 A wallpaper maker, c.1735 (engaving) by Engelbrecht, Martin (1684-1756); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; (add.info.: Society. Economy. A wallpaper maker)

Background imageProfession Collection: Writing method by Dubus and Lemaire, c.1880-1900 (printing)

Writing method by Dubus and Lemaire, c.1880-1900 (printing)
8712997 Writing method by Dubus and Lemaire, c.1880-1900 (printing); 22 x 17 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Writing method in relation to the teaching of reading by F)

Background imageProfession Collection: Writing method by Dubus and Lemaire, c.1880-1900 (printing)

Writing method by Dubus and Lemaire, c.1880-1900 (printing)
8712993 Writing method by Dubus and Lemaire, c.1880-1900 (printing); 22 x 17 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Writing method in relation to the teaching of reading by F)

Background imageProfession Collection: Butcher's shop, Mayfair, London (b/w photo)

Butcher's shop, Mayfair, London (b/w photo)
8676253 Butcher's shop, Mayfair, London (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Butcher's shop, Mayfair, London)

Background imageProfession Collection: Shoemakers workshops, some of the employees are children. Italy 1897 Photography

Shoemakers workshops, some of the employees are children. Italy 1897 Photography
FGL5496256 Shoemakers workshops, some of the employees are children. Italy 1897 Photography; Fototeca Gilardi

Background imageProfession Collection: Calendar: representation of the month of October: agricultural work

Calendar: representation of the month of October: agricultural work. The two zodiacal signs of the month are depicted
FGL5474181 Calendar: representation of the month of October: agricultural work. The two zodiacal signs of the month are depicted on the right: scorpion and scales

Background imageProfession Collection: Weaving (low relief)

Weaving (low relief)
BEN5471587 Weaving (low relief) by Pisano, Andrea (1270-1349); Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Weaving)

Background imageProfession Collection: The art of building (low relief)

The art of building (low relief)
BEN5471582 The art of building (low relief) by Pisano, Andrea (1270-1349); Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), Florence, Tuscany

Background imageProfession Collection: Double printing typography press factory, 1880 (engraving)

Double printing typography press factory, 1880 (engraving)
7295203 Double printing typography press factory, 1880 (engraving); Private Collection; Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageProfession Collection: A maid, c.1860 (print)

A maid, c.1860 (print)
7293403 A maid, c.1860 (print); (add.info.: Society. Economy. Young maid cleaning. Imagery, Epinal, France, ca 1860.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageProfession Collection: A maid, c.1860 (print)

A maid, c.1860 (print)
7293397 A maid, c.1860 (print); (add.info.: Society. Economy. Young maid sewing. Imagery, Epinal, France, ca 1860.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageProfession Collection: The Boarding-School Hair-Dresser, 1786. 1909 (print)

The Boarding-School Hair-Dresser, 1786. 1909 (print)
1000962 The Boarding-School Hair-Dresser, 1786. 1909 (print); Private Collection; (add.info.: From Illustrierte Sittengeschichte vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart by Eduard Fuchs, published 1909.)

Background imageProfession Collection: Peasants, 1928 (oil on canvas)

Peasants, 1928 (oil on canvas)
LAF470863 Peasants, 1928 (oil on canvas) by Brusselmans, Jean (1884-1953); 150.2x149.8 cm; Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium; © Art in Flanders

Background imageProfession Collection: 'Four Years in the Fight, The Women of France', World War I YWCA, c.1918 (poster)

"Four Years in the Fight, The Women of France", World War I YWCA, c.1918 (poster)
XND75976 "Four Years in the Fight, The Women of France", World War I YWCA, c.1918 (poster); Private Collection

Background imageProfession Collection: Dock strike on the River Thames (engraving)

Dock strike on the River Thames (engraving)
8631268 Dock strike on the River Thames (engraving) by Wright, Henry Charles Seppings (1850-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Dock strike on the River Thames)

Background imageProfession Collection: Wire drawer on a sliding bench at a wire mill, c1500 (woodcut)

Wire drawer on a sliding bench at a wire mill, c1500 (woodcut)
8655526 Wire drawer on a sliding bench at a wire mill, c1500 (woodcut) by Italian School, (16th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Wire drawer on a sliding bench at a wire mill, c1500)



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"Unveiling the Professions: A Glimpse into Victorian Occupations and Beyond" Step back in time as we explore the diverse world of professions through intriguing hints from history. From a daring dentist pulling a tooth, to a meticulous Victorian gardener tending Chelmsford's greenery with his trusty watering can, each image reveals a unique facet of professional life. In the bustling kitchen of "Too Many Cooks, " culinary experts orchestrate an exquisite symphony of flavors, while Gracie Fields' Home and Orphanage in Peacehaven, Sussex showcases the compassionate work done by caregivers who nurture young hearts. The striking portrait of Rosemary Kennedy by Angus McBean reminds us that artists too have their own profession – capturing emotions on canvas for eternity. Meanwhile, the wheelwright engraving transports us to an era when skilled craftsmen meticulously crafted wheels with precision and care. Journeying across borders, we find ourselves in Square du Petit Sablon, Brussels where ceramic artist works her magic at her workshop in Geisenhausen, Bavaria. With deft hands on a potter's wheel, she shapes clay into stunning vases that will grace homes far and wide. Witnessing signwriters at work brings forth appreciation for those who transform words into artistry through skillful brushstrokes. And as surveyors gather in a circle during meetings depicted in miniature form or within Ms. Lat 209 fol. 11r The Professions from De Sphaera (vellum), we glimpse their dedication towards mapping out our ever-changing landscapes. Finally, let us not forget the old city bellman of Norwich whose melodic chimes once guided townsfolk through their daily routines – reminding us that even seemingly simple occupations hold great significance within communities. Through these captivating glimpses into various professions spanning different eras and locations around Europe and beyond; we celebrate the diversity and importance of every occupation - past and present.