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Sleigh Collection

"Embracing the Enchanting Sleigh: A Winter Wonderland Journey" Step into a world of frosty enchantment as we delve into the captivating realm of sleighs

Background imageSleigh Collection: Snow Queen Harry Clarke

Snow Queen Harry Clarke
Kay meets the Snow Queen

Background imageSleigh Collection: Advert / Martini Vermouth

Advert / Martini Vermouth
Martini Vermouth - what is Christmas without it?

Background imageSleigh Collection: Dog sledding in the snowy woods, Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia region, Lapland, Finland

Dog sledding in the snowy woods, Kuusamo, Northern Ostrobothnia region, Lapland, Finland

Background imageSleigh Collection: Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis

Wonders of the cinema organ by G. H. Davis
Noises played for films: wonders of the cinema organ. Thunder, shots and tom-toms controlled by an organist: a film-theatre organ that creates sound effects. Date: 1929

Background imageSleigh Collection: Samoyed People with their reindeer sled

Samoyed People with their reindeer sled
Two Samoyedic hunters on a sleigh pulled by reindeer at, northern Russia. Date: circa 1903

Background imageSleigh Collection: Driving Siberian huskies, Karelia, Finland, Scandinavia, Europe

Driving Siberian huskies, Karelia, Finland, Scandinavia, Europe

Background imageSleigh Collection: Santa and Reindeer

Santa and Reindeer
Santa and his reindeer flying through the sky with a sleigh full of Christmas goodies

Background imageSleigh Collection: Sleighs in the 19th century

Sleighs in the 19th century
Sleigh travel on a road in winter, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageSleigh Collection: Accompanying the dead, 1865, (1965). Creator: Vasily Perov

Accompanying the dead, 1865, (1965). Creator: Vasily Perov
Accompanying the dead, 1865, (1965). A Russian family transporting a coffin through the snow on a sledge. Painting, also known as Seeing off the Dead, or Last Journey, in the State Tretyakov Gallery

Background imageSleigh Collection: Advert for Huntley and Palmers biscuits

Advert for Huntley and Palmers biscuits
Advertisement illustrated by Pauline Baynes for Huntley and Palmers biscuits. Parade of servants holding a tin of Huntley and Palmers biscuits, loading up the sleigh for Father Christmas. Date: 1952

Background imageSleigh Collection: Bon Ton Skiwear

Bon Ton Skiwear
For Chamonix: sensible yet stylish clothing includes gaiters & leggings, fringed scarf, knitted jumper, flat cap with earflaps; belted jacket & plaid skirt

Background imageSleigh Collection: Russian Ice Mountain on the Admiralty Square in St. Petersburg, 1850s

Russian Ice Mountain on the Admiralty Square in St. Petersburg, 1850s. Private Collection

Background imageSleigh Collection: Father Christmas in snowy, starry village

Father Christmas in snowy, starry village
Father Christmas parks his sleigh in the road of a night-time snowy, starry village and delivers presents to a house. Date: 1960s

Background imageSleigh Collection: Tatler front cover by Pauline Baynes, 1952

Tatler front cover by Pauline Baynes, 1952
Spell-binding illustration by Pauline Baynes for the Tatler Christmas number front cover, 1952, featuring a Snow Queen taking a small boy for a ride through the snowy sky in her sleigh

Background imageSleigh Collection: Winter landscape with skaters by Droochsloot

Winter landscape with skaters by Droochsloot
Winter landscape with skaters (1629) by Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot (1586-1666). Dutch painter. Prado Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageSleigh Collection: WINDOW DISPLAY, c1910. Boys looking at Christmas toys in a shop window. Photograph

WINDOW DISPLAY, c1910. Boys looking at Christmas toys in a shop window. Photograph, early 20th century

Background imageSleigh Collection: Lord Roberts 1900

Lord Roberts 1900
FREDERICK SLEIGH 1st EARL ROBERTS British soldier riding his arab charger, Volonel, which he rode to Kandahar in 1879 during the Afghan conflict

Background imageSleigh Collection: Lord Roberts Full Rig

Lord Roberts Full Rig
FREDERICK SLEIGH, first lord ROBERTS military commander, in full dress uniform as befits a leader of the Empire

Background imageSleigh Collection: Father Christmas / Sleigh

Father Christmas / Sleigh
Father Christmas ringing a bell as he sleighs down a hill

Background imageSleigh Collection: Lapps in Lapland

Lapps in Lapland during daily life with reindeer living and working in 1650

Background imageSleigh Collection: Catherine the Great Visiting the Ice Mountain in Saint Petersburg, 1788

Catherine the Great Visiting the Ice Mountain in Saint Petersburg, 1788. Artist: Paterssen, Benjamin (1748-1815)
Catherine the Great Visiting the Ice Mountain in Saint Petersburg, 1788. From a private collection

Background imageSleigh Collection: Christmas Pudding being pulled along atop a wooden sled

Christmas Pudding being pulled along atop a wooden sled
Delightful Chromolithograph Christmas greetings postcard by Ellen H. Clapsaddle depicting a sizeable Christmas Pudding being pulled along atop a wooden frame sled. Date: circa 1907

Background imageSleigh Collection: Basket Sleigh - Byrds Antarctic Expedition

Basket Sleigh - Byrds Antarctic Expedition
Basket Sleigh from Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jrs 3rd Antarctic Expedition of 1940. Photograph taken during preparations for his trip, which had received official US backing

Background imageSleigh Collection: Aurora Borealis / Lemaitre

Aurora Borealis / Lemaitre
A reindeer pulls a sleigh along with aurora borealis in the background

Background imageSleigh Collection: Father Christmas / Sleigh

Father Christmas / Sleigh
Father Christmas in his sleigh

Background imageSleigh Collection: The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-84 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance

The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-84 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance
XJF360231 The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-84 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance. c.1684 (engraving) by English School, (17th century); Private Collection; English

Background imageSleigh Collection: The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-4 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance

The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-4 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance
XYC189129 The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-4 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance. c.1685 (oil on canvas) by English School

Background imageSleigh Collection: Sleigh Ride, c1890-95. Creator: Winslow Homer

Sleigh Ride, c1890-95. Creator: Winslow Homer
Sleigh Ride, c1890-95. Tracks in the snow, painted with subtle touches of blue and pink, lead our eyes to a sleigh about to disappear over the ridge of a hill

Background imageSleigh Collection: Ice skating, c.1860 (print)

Ice skating, c.1860 (print)
7293312 Ice skating, c.1860 (print); (add.info.: Sport. Winter sports. Ice skating on a chair. imagery, France, ca 1860.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageSleigh Collection: Santa Claus on his sleigh pulled by a reindeer, c.1900 (chromolithograph)

Santa Claus on his sleigh pulled by a reindeer, c.1900 (chromolithograph)
FGL5496800 Santa Claus on his sleigh pulled by a reindeer, c.1900 (chromolithograph); Fototeca Gilardi

Background imageSleigh Collection: Postcard, New Year's Greetings ' Happy New Year': portrait of a girl with a Christmas tree

Postcard, New Year's Greetings " Happy New Year": portrait of a girl with a Christmas tree
LET4395691 Postcard, New Year's Greetings " Happy New Year": portrait of a girl with a Christmas tree. The beginning of the 20th century

Background imageSleigh Collection: Postcard, Christmas greeting: child pulling a sleigh with his sister and mother

Postcard, Christmas greeting: child pulling a sleigh with his sister and mother. The beginning of the 20th century
LET4395610 Postcard, Christmas greeting: child pulling a sleigh with his sister and mother. The beginning of the 20th century

Background imageSleigh Collection: Christmas greeting card with smiling father holding a hood filled with toys has a holly window

Christmas greeting card with smiling father holding a hood filled with toys has a holly window
IMB4824530 Christmas greeting card with smiling father holding a hood filled with toys has a holly window. Chromolithography of the 19th century.; (add.info)

Background imageSleigh Collection: Tree trunks felled in forests drains by horses in North Wisconsin, USA. 1880 approx

Tree trunks felled in forests drains by horses in North Wisconsin, USA. 1880 approx
NWI4827822 Tree trunks felled in forests drains by horses in North Wisconsin, USA. 1880 approx. (Hauling logs with a horse-drawn sledge in northern Wisconsin, 1880s)

Background imageSleigh Collection: Troika (traditional sleigh pulled by three horses) on a snow-covered street in St

Troika (traditional sleigh pulled by three horses) on a snow-covered street in St. Petersburg (Russia), circa 1880
NWI4962598 Troika (traditional sleigh pulled by three horses) on a snow-covered street in St. Petersburg (Russia), circa 1880

Background imageSleigh Collection: Road for sledding in the snow-covered forest of Massachusetts (USA), circa 1800

Road for sledding in the snow-covered forest of Massachusetts (USA), circa 1800
NWI4962908 Road for sledding in the snow-covered forest of Massachusetts (USA), circa 1800.; (add.info.: Road for sledding in the snow-covered forest of Massachusetts (USA)

Background imageSleigh Collection: Horse sleigh race on the Boston Neck (Boston, USA), circa 1850 - Sleigh-racing on Boston Neck

Horse sleigh race on the Boston Neck (Boston, USA), circa 1850 - Sleigh-racing on Boston Neck
NWI4963850 Horse sleigh race on the Boston Neck (Boston, USA), circa 1850 - Sleigh-racing on Boston Neck, 1850s - Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration; (add.info)

Background imageSleigh Collection: Celebration of Christmas Eve aboard a sleigh, 19th century. Colouring engraving of the 19th century

Celebration of Christmas Eve aboard a sleigh, 19th century. Colouring engraving of the 19th century
NWI4883249 Celebration of Christmas Eve aboard a sleigh, 19th century. Colouring engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Celebration of Christmas Eve aboard a sleigh, 19th century)

Background imageSleigh Collection: Illustrations of the letter R. Father Christmas in sleigh with reindeer

Illustrations of the letter R. Father Christmas in sleigh with reindeer. Chromolithography of English origin in "
DUV4197638 Illustrations of the letter R. Father Christmas in sleigh with reindeer. Chromolithography of English origin in " Father Christmas Alphabet" Back cover. Editons A

Background imageSleigh Collection: Horse-drawn sled trip in Russia (Siberia) in the Twer region around 1850

Horse-drawn sled trip in Russia (Siberia) in the Twer region around 1850. Engraving without author identification
PCT4263396 Horse-drawn sled trip in Russia (Siberia) in the Twer region around 1850. Engraving without author identification

Background imageSleigh Collection: Portugal, Madeira Island: transport by wicker sleigh, 1875

Portugal, Madeira Island: transport by wicker sleigh, 1875
LUX4749494 Portugal, Madeira Island: transport by wicker sleigh, 1875; (add.info.: Portugal, Madeira Island: transport by wicker sleigh, 1875); Photo © Lux-in-Fine

Background imageSleigh Collection: Marie Antoinette's sleigh, a carriage mounted on skis. Marie Antoinette raced Madame de Lamballe

Marie Antoinette's sleigh, a carriage mounted on skis. Marie Antoinette raced Madame de Lamballe around Versailles
FLO4671811 Marie Antoinette's sleigh, a carriage mounted on skis. Marie Antoinette raced Madame de Lamballe around Versailles

Background imageSleigh Collection: A gold prospector in the Klondike (Canada) with his sleigh and equipment

A gold prospector in the Klondike (Canada) with his sleigh and equipment, 1898 - Colorisation of a photograph
NWI4838407 A gold prospector in the Klondike (Canada) with his sleigh and equipment, 1898 - Colorisation of a photograph - (Prospector in the Klondyke with his equipment and sled, 1898)

Background imageSleigh Collection: Road for sledding on the St. Lawrence River gele, Canada, circa 1880. Colour engraving

Road for sledding on the St. Lawrence River gele, Canada, circa 1880. Colour engraving
NWI4962841 Road for sledding on the St. Lawrence River gele, Canada, circa 1880. Colour engraving.; (add.info.: Road for sledding on the St. Lawrence River gele, Canada, circa 1880)

Background imageSleigh Collection: Gold seekers in front of a hut in Belle Prairie, British Columbia, Canada

Gold seekers in front of a hut in Belle Prairie, British Columbia, Canada, 1866 19th century engraving
JAB5037241 Gold seekers in front of a hut in Belle Prairie, British Columbia, Canada, 1866 19th century engraving; (add.info.: Gold seekers in front of a hut in Belle Prairie, British Columbia)

Background imageSleigh Collection: Wooders using a 'go-devil' sledge in Minnesota, 1890 years. Colour engraving of the 19th century

Wooders using a "go-devil" sledge in Minnesota, 1890 years. Colour engraving of the 19th century
NWI4827798 Wooders using a "go-devil" sledge in Minnesota, 1890 years. Colour engraving of the 19th century; (add.info.: Wooders using a "go-devil" sledge in Minnesota)

Background imageSleigh Collection: Wintertime in Greenland, 1875 (oil on canvas)

Wintertime in Greenland, 1875 (oil on canvas)
8711986 Wintertime in Greenland, 1875 (oil on canvas) by Rasmussen, J.E. Carl (1841-93); Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Niva, Denmark; (add.info.: By Carl Rasmussen)

Background imageSleigh Collection: The Joys of Winter, after the 16th century engraving by De Bruyn

The Joys of Winter, after the 16th century engraving by De Bruyn. From Illustrierte Sittengeschichte vom Mittelalter
955338 The Joys of Winter, after the 16th century engraving by De Bruyn. From Illustrierte Sittengeschichte vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart by Eduard Fuchs, published 1909.; Private Collection



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"Embracing the Enchanting Sleigh: A Winter Wonderland Journey" Step into a world of frosty enchantment as we delve into the captivating realm of sleighs. Just like Snow Queen Harry Clarke's mesmerizing artwork, these magical vehicles have long been associated with winter wonderlands and whimsical adventures. Picture yourself in an old-fashioned advert, sipping on a Martini Vermouth while gliding through snowy landscapes atop a beautifully adorned sleigh. In Samoyed culture, people gracefully navigate their reindeer sleds, showcasing the deep bond between humans and animals. Further north in Scandinavia's icy embrace, Siberian huskies take center stage as they expertly pull traditional Karelian sledges across Finland's breathtaking terrain. The sight of Santa Claus guiding his loyal reindeer through starry nights is etched forever in our hearts. Winter landscapes come alive with skaters gracefully twirling on frozen lakes, reminiscent of Droochsloot's masterpiece. Meanwhile, Pauline Baynes' iconic Tatler front cover transports us to a bygone era where sleigh rides were synonymous with elegance and sophistication. But it isn't all about joyous festivities; Vasily Perov's poignant painting reminds us that even during somber times, sleighs played an important role in accompanying the departed to their final resting place. This tradition dates back centuries and holds great cultural significance. In St. Petersburg's Admiralty Square during the 1850s, Russian ice mountains towered over gleeful children enjoying thrilling rides down their icy slopes – a testament to how versatile and exhilarating these vehicles can be. Even advertisements for Huntley and Palmers biscuits featured charming illustrations of families bundled up warmly inside cozy sleighs while relishing delicious treats amidst wintry landscapes. And who could forget Father Christmas himself? With his rosy cheeks and snowy village backdrop, he embodies the spirit of giving as he travels from house to house, spreading joy and cheer in his trusty sleigh.