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Solemn Collection

In the presence of history's solemn moments, we find ourselves immersed in a tapestry of emotions and significance

Background imageSolemn Collection: Flag of the Scottish Covenanters

Flag of the Scottish Covenanters
The Flag of the Scottish Covenanters. They were Presbyterians sworn to defend their religion, part of a Protestant effort to seize power in Scotland against the English

Background imageSolemn Collection: Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. Artist: Leon-Maxime Faivre

Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. Artist: Leon-Maxime Faivre
Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. From the Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageSolemn Collection: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
General view of the State Procession down the Nave led by H. M. The Queen, flanked by her Maids of Honour after the Coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953. 1953

Background imageSolemn Collection: Queen Elizabeth II is crowned

Queen Elizabeth II is crowned
The moment during the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II where the Archbishop of Canterbury places St Edwards crown on the Queens head. Date: 1953

Background imageSolemn Collection: Empress Theodora. Basilica of Saint Vitale. Italy

Empress Theodora. Basilica of Saint Vitale. Italy
Empress Theodora I (500-548) with a court of ladies. Mosaic. 6th century. Basilica of Saint Vitale. Ravenna. Italy

Background imageSolemn Collection: Procession for Christian festival of Rameaux, Axoum (Axum) (Aksum), Tigre region

Procession for Christian festival of Rameaux, Axoum (Axum) (Aksum), Tigre region, Ethiopia, Africa

Background imageSolemn Collection: Portrait of Chairman Mao, Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen), Tiananmen Square

Portrait of Chairman Mao, Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen), Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, Asia

Background imageSolemn Collection: A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)

A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)
985676 A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c.1921 (sepia photo) by Halberstadt, Max (1882-1940); 35.6x25.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSolemn Collection: Statue of Abraham Lincoln

Statue of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, USA

Background imageSolemn Collection: Alice and the Dodo

Alice and the Dodo -- the Dodo solemnly presented the thimble saying, " We beg your acceptance of this elegant thimble"

Background imageSolemn Collection: Concepts / Lovers 1913

Concepts / Lovers 1913
How calm, how solemn, the atmosphere of lovers

Background imageSolemn Collection: Ancient carved heads of gods on summit of Mount Nemrut

Ancient carved heads of gods on summit of Mount Nemrut, Nemrut Dagi (Nemrut Dag), UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Asia

Background imageSolemn 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 imageSolemn Collection: Naomi and Ruth, 1887 (oil on canvas)

Naomi and Ruth, 1887 (oil on canvas)
1199590 Naomi and Ruth, 1887 (oil on canvas) by Morgan, Evelyn De (1855-1919); 94x59.7 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageSolemn Collection: Pardon in Brittany, 1896 (oil on canvas)

Pardon in Brittany, 1896 (oil on canvas)
2970287 Pardon in Brittany, 1896 (oil on canvas) by La Touche, Gaston de (1854-1913); 100.5x110.5 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA; Mr. and Mrs. Martin A

Background imageSolemn Collection: Virgin and Child, 16th century

Virgin and Child, 16th century. From the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

Background imageSolemn Collection: A Mediterranean Beauty, (oil on canvas)

A Mediterranean Beauty, (oil on canvas)
1197464 A Mediterranean Beauty, (oil on canvas) by Bls, Eugen von (1843-1931); 57.8x44.7 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Austrian, out of copyright

Background imageSolemn Collection: God crown you with a crown of glory and righteousness. 1953

God crown you with a crown of glory and righteousness. 1953. Elizabeth II (born 1926), Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms

Background imageSolemn Collection: The Last Post by C. E. Turner

The Last Post by C. E. Turner
Buglers sounding the Last Post at 9pm before the British monument to fallen soldiers at Ypres, the Menin Gate. Date: 1930

Background imageSolemn Collection: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Bryan de Grineau

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Bryan de Grineau
Spectacular illustration by ILN special artist, Bryan de Grineau, showing the supreme moment of the Coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey when the Archbishop of Canterbury

Background imageSolemn Collection: Flower Seller; Vendedora de flores, c. 1934 (oil on canvas)

Flower Seller; Vendedora de flores, c. 1934 (oil on canvas)
1769657 Flower Seller; Vendedora de flores, c.1934 (oil on canvas) by Ramos Martinez, Alfredo (1871-1946); 81.3x71.1 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Flower Seller; Vendedora de flores)

Background imageSolemn Collection: Cup of Chocolate; La Tasse du Chocolat, (oil on canvas)

Cup of Chocolate; La Tasse du Chocolat, (oil on canvas)
658381 Cup of Chocolate; La Tasse du Chocolat, (oil on canvas) by Liotard, Jean-Etienne (1702-89) (after); 85.7x55.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Cup of Chocolate; La Tasse du Chocolat)

Background imageSolemn Collection: Study of a Head for The Bower Meadow, 1872 (black chalk)

Study of a Head for The Bower Meadow, 1872 (black chalk)
659777 Study of a Head for The Bower Meadow, 1872 (black chalk) by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Charles (1828-82); 39.2x31.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Study of a Head for The Bower Meadow)

Background imageSolemn Collection: Saints Paraskeve, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom and Basil the Great, early 15th century

Saints Paraskeve, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom and Basil the Great, early 15th century. From the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Background imageSolemn Collection: Covenanting women: signing the anti-Home-rule pledge

Covenanting women: signing the anti-Home-rule pledge
Women take part in the demonstration by signing the anti-Home-rule declaration at Belfast. 1912

Background imageSolemn Collection: A couple take a break from fishing by a river

A couple take a break from fishing by a river
Illustration to Ellen Thorneycroft Fowlers Through Things Temporal captioned And then they went and fell in love with each other

Background imageSolemn Collection: Trans-Siberian Express

Trans-Siberian Express, Siberia, russia

Background imageSolemn Collection: George Gilfillan / Cdv

George Gilfillan / Cdv
GEORGE GILFILLAN Scottish writer

Background imageSolemn Collection: Adm. Ching Kwong and Mayor Gaynor, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

Adm. Ching Kwong and Mayor Gaynor, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Adm. Ching Kwong and Mayor Gaynor, 1911. Shows Rear Admiral Chin Pih Kwang of the Imperial Chinese Navy and New York City Mayor William Jay Gaynor, with their hats off

Background imageSolemn Collection: Virgin And Child With Two Angels, c1480. Creator: Matteo di Giovanni

Virgin And Child With Two Angels, c1480. Creator: Matteo di Giovanni
Virgin And Child With Two Angels, c1480. The Virgin Mary balances an unfinished miniature building on one arm, while her son Jesus raises his hand in a blessing

Background imageSolemn Collection: Virgin And Child, c1465-70. Creator: Matteo di Giovanni

Virgin And Child, c1465-70. Creator: Matteo di Giovanni
Virgin And Child, c1465-70. Jesus raises one hand in blessing, a solemn expression on his face. The Virgin Mary appears pensive as she gently touches her son's shoulder

Background imageSolemn Collection: The New Gloves, 1909 (oil on canvas)

The New Gloves, 1909 (oil on canvas)
658191 The New Gloves, 1909 (oil on canvas) by Schuster, Karl Maria (1871-1953); 99.6x75.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The New Gloves. Karl Maria Schuster (1871-1953). Oil on canvas

Background imageSolemn Collection: Zapoteka Indian, Mexico, (pastel on paper)

Zapoteka Indian, Mexico, (pastel on paper)
650531 Zapoteka Indian, Mexico, (pastel on paper) by Reiss, Winold (1886-1953); 50.5x37.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Zapoteka Indian, Mexico. Winold Reiss (1886-1953). Pastel on paper

Background imageSolemn Collection: Portrait of Henry James (1843-1916), 1909 (photographic frontispiece)

Portrait of Henry James (1843-1916), 1909 (photographic frontispiece)
986133 Portrait of Henry James (1843-1916), 1909 (photographic frontispiece); Private Collection; (add.info.: Portrait of Henry James (1843-1916). From The Novels and Tales'

Background imageSolemn Collection: Indian with Drum, (oil on canvas)

Indian with Drum, (oil on canvas)
985105 Indian with Drum, (oil on canvas) by Sharp, Joseph Henry (1859-1953); 40.7x51 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Indian with Drum. Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953). Oil on canvas

Background imageSolemn Collection: NAVARRO VILLOSLADA, Francisco (1815-1895) (engraving)

NAVARRO VILLOSLADA, Francisco (1815-1895) (engraving)
CUL4847534 NAVARRO VILLOSLADA, Francisco (1815-1895) (engraving); Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: NAVARRO VILLOSLADA, Francisco (1815-1895). Spanish novelist. Madrid

Background imageSolemn Collection: The Russian Emigres, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)

The Russian Emigres, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)
1197487 The Russian Emigres, c. 1900 (oil on canvas) by Levy-Dhurmer, Lucien (1865-1953); 92.7x73.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christie's Images

Background imageSolemn Collection: Water Blackbird, (tempera, watercolour and pastel on paper laid on board)

Water Blackbird, (tempera, watercolour and pastel on paper laid on board)
650530 Water Blackbird, (tempera, watercolour and pastel on paper laid on board) by Reiss, Winold (1886-1953); 76.1x55.9 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Water Blackbird. Winold Reiss (1886-1953)

Background imageSolemn Collection: The Chant (oil on canvas)

The Chant (oil on canvas)
1767646 The Chant (oil on canvas) by Sharp, Joseph Henry (1859-1953); 50.8x40.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Chant. Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953). Oil on canvas

Background imageSolemn Collection: Taos Ceremonial Drum (oil on canvas)

Taos Ceremonial Drum (oil on canvas)
1767647 Taos Ceremonial Drum (oil on canvas) by Sharp, Joseph Henry (1859-1953); 50.8x40.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Taos Ceremonial Drum. Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953). Oil on canvas

Background imageSolemn Collection: There arrived a solemn embassy from Blefuscu, with humble offers of a peace

There arrived a solemn embassy from Blefuscu, with humble offers of a peace. From Gulliver's voyage to Lilliput
2963117 There arrived a solemn embassy from Blefuscu, with humble offers of a peace. From Gulliver's voyage to Lilliput

Background imageSolemn Collection: Bishop Writing the Greek Alphabet on the Floor of the Church, early 14th century (vellum)

Bishop Writing the Greek Alphabet on the Floor of the Church, early 14th century (vellum)
FIT111706 Bishop Writing the Greek Alphabet on the Floor of the Church, early 14th century (vellum); 30x24.5 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Background imageSolemn Collection: A Solemn League and Covenant... for defence of religion in England, Scotland and Ireland

A Solemn League and Covenant... for defence of religion in England, Scotland and Ireland
527981 A Solemn League and Covenant... for defence of religion in England, Scotland and Ireland. The Covenanters opposed the imposition of High Anglican rites

Background imageSolemn Collection: DUPONT DE L'ETANG, Pierre-Antoine (1765-1840). English general (engraving)

DUPONT DE L'ETANG, Pierre-Antoine (1765-1840). English general (engraving)
CUL4933637 DUPONT DE L'ETANG, Pierre-Antoine (1765-1840). English general (engraving); Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: DUPONT DE L'ETANG, Pierre-Antoine (1765-1840)

Background imageSolemn Collection: FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880). English writer. Engraving

FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880). English writer. Engraving
CUL4849641 FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880). English writer. Engraving by Nadar, (Gaspard Felix Tournachon) (1820-1910) (after); (add.info.: FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880). English writer

Background imageSolemn Collection: Wounded return, 1918 or 1919. Creator: Bain News Service

Wounded return, 1918 or 1919. Creator: Bain News Service
Wounded return, 1918 or 1919. Wounded American soldiers on a ship after their return to the United States after World War I

Background imageSolemn Collection: L Andalouse, 1927. Creator: Francis Picabia

L Andalouse, 1927. Creator: Francis Picabia
L Andalouse, 1927. From a private collection

Background imageSolemn Collection: USA, Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (PR)

USA, Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (PR)



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In the presence of history's solemn moments, we find ourselves immersed in a tapestry of emotions and significance. The Flag of the Scottish Covenanters stands tall, symbolizing unwavering dedication to their cause. As Queen Elizabeth II is crowned amidst grandeur and tradition in 1953, her regal demeanor exudes a sense of solemnity that captivates all who witness it. Leon-Maxime Faivre's painting "Deux meres (Two Mothers)" evokes a profound sentiment as it portrays the bond between two mothers, reminding us of the solemn responsibility they carry. A sepia photograph captures Sigmund Freud's intense gaze, revealing his contemplative nature and highlighting the weightiness of his groundbreaking theories. The imposing Portrait of Chairman Mao at Tiananmen Square serves as an enduring reminder of his influential role in shaping China's history. Empress Theodora gazes serenely from within the Basilica of Saint Vitale, her image radiating grace and dignity. A procession for the Christian festival Rameaux in Axum transports us to a moment where faith intertwines with solemnity. The Statue of Abraham Lincoln stands resolute, embodying both strength and sorrow as he guides our nation through turbulent times. Alice encounters the Dodo bird with an air of curiosity mixed with reverence for this peculiar creature. In Concepts / Lovers 1913, love takes on a somber tone as passion meets melancholy in an embrace that transcends time. Amidst vibrant Mediterranean beauty captured on canvas lies an underlying sense of solitude that adds depth to its allure. Each hint invites us into its own world filled with gravity and introspection—a testament to how even fleeting moments can hold immense significance when viewed through eyes attuned to their solemnity.