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"Exploring the Depths of Despair: A Captivating Glimpse into the Tragic Theme of Suicide" In Hogarth's haunting masterpiece, "Gin Lane

Background imageSuicide Collection: Hogarth, Gin Lane

Hogarth, Gin Lane. A political print supporting a ministerial measure against the unlimited sale of gin (which later became the Gin Act)

Background imageSuicide Collection: Galapagos Admiralty map by Fitzroy Beagle

Galapagos Admiralty map by Fitzroy Beagle
Admiralty map of Galapagos 1845 resulting from Captain Robert Fitzroys Beagle charts, overlain with a portion of a letter written by Fitzroy. Robert Fitzroy (b. 5 July 1805- d)

Background imageSuicide Collection: Isolde, c1895, (1896). Artist: Aubrey Beardsley

Isolde, c1895, (1896). Artist: Aubrey Beardsley
Isolde, c1895, (1896). From The Studio Volume 6. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1896]

Background imageSuicide Collection: Screaming Lord Sutch

Screaming Lord Sutch
DAVID SCREAMING LORD SUTCH British politician, musician and maverick, founder of the Official Monster Raving Looney Party (1983). Sadly, a manic depressive, committed suicide. Date: 1940 - 1999

Background imageSuicide Collection: Ophelia (w / c on paper)

Ophelia (w / c on paper)
PNH356907 Ophelia (w/c on paper) by Millais, John Everett (1829-96); 76.2x101.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Ophelia is a character in Shakespeares Hamlet who went mad)

Background imageSuicide Collection: The Death of Socrates, 1787 (oil on canvas)

The Death of Socrates, 1787 (oil on canvas)
XOS1127648 The Death of Socrates, 1787 (oil on canvas) by David, Jacques Louis (1748-1825); 129.5x196 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; (add.info.: Socrates (c.469-399 BC)

Background imageSuicide Collection: Socrates, caricature

Socrates, caricature
Socrates. Caricature of the Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (c.470-399 BC). Socrates is credited with introducing a new and critical attitude in philosophy and science

Background imageSuicide Collection: BEWICK: HANGED MAN. Wood engraving, early 19th century, by Thomas Bewick (1753-1828)

BEWICK: HANGED MAN. Wood engraving, early 19th century, by Thomas Bewick (1753-1828)

Background imageSuicide Collection: Suicide on the Little Big Horn

Suicide on the Little Big Horn. Custers Last Stand in 1876 when he led the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army into battle with the Lakota

Background imageSuicide Collection: Haiti Royal Palace

Haiti Royal Palace
Citadelle Laferrire, the palace of Henri Christophe, ruler from 1807, king 1811-1818, committed suicide 1820

Background imageSuicide Collection: The Death of Cato of Utica (95-46 BC) 1797 (oil on canvas) (b / w photo)

The Death of Cato of Utica (95-46 BC) 1797 (oil on canvas) (b / w photo)
XIR215459 The Death of Cato of Utica (95-46 BC) 1797 (oil on canvas) (b/w photo) by Guerin, Baron Pierre-Narcisse (1774-1833); 113x145 cm; Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Background imageSuicide Collection: Dantes Inferno, suicides and the Harpies

Dantes Inferno, suicides and the Harpies
Dantes Inferno. Canto XIII, line 11: Here [suicide tree] the brute Harpies make their nest (at right: Dante and Virgil). Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

Background imageSuicide Collection: Diana Donovan the widow of photographer Terence Donovan talking to Margaret Thatcher at

Diana Donovan the widow of photographer Terence Donovan talking to Margaret Thatcher at Terence Donovans memorial service at St. Georges Church, Hanover Square, London. 10th March 1997

Background imageSuicide Collection: The Jockey Fred Archer

The Jockey Fred Archer
FREDERICK JAMES ARCHER Phenomenally successful jockey from the 1860s to the 1880s. Committed suicide after death of his wife, and owing to ill- health through excessive diet. Date: 1857 - 1886

Background imageSuicide Collection: The Death of Seneca, 1871 (oil on canvas)

The Death of Seneca, 1871 (oil on canvas)
FIA5401488 The Death of Seneca, 1871 (oil on canvas) by Dominguez y Sanchez, Manuel (1840-1906); 270x540 cm; Prado, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: Seneca the Younger)

Background imageSuicide Collection: Major-General Hector A. Macdonald, C. B. 1900. Creator: Heath

Major-General Hector A. Macdonald, C. B. 1900. Creator: Heath
Major-General Hector A. Macdonald, C.B. 1900. Hector MacDonald (1853- 1903) also known as Fighting Mac, served as as subaltern in the First Boer War

Background imageSuicide Collection: Numancia, 1881 (oil on canvas)

Numancia, 1881 (oil on canvas)
AIS5371933 Numancia, 1881 (oil on canvas) by Vera y Estaca, Alejo (1834-1923); Diputacion Provincial de Soria, Soria, Spain; (add.info)

Background imageSuicide Collection: The death of Cato, c. 1640. Artist: Assereto, Gioacchino (1600-1649)

The death of Cato, c. 1640. Artist: Assereto, Gioacchino (1600-1649)
The death of Cato, c. 1640. Found in the collection of the Musei di Strada Nuova, Genoa

Background imageSuicide Collection: Jumping Sheet Drill - London Fire Brigade

Jumping Sheet Drill - London Fire Brigade Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSuicide Collection: Nerval Photo

Nerval Photo
GERARD DE NERVAL French poet, eccentric if not actually mad, whose difficult life ended in suicide; photographed in the last year of his life. Date: 1808 - 1855

Background imageSuicide Collection: Socrates, Ancient Greek philosopher

Socrates, Ancient Greek philosopher
Socrates (c.470-399 BC), Ancient Greek philosopher, credited with introducing a new and critical attitude in philosophy and science

Background imageSuicide Collection: Socrates

Socrates (c. 470-399 BC), Ancient Greek philosopher, credited with introducing a new and critical attitude in philosophy and science

Background imageSuicide Collection: 1843 Captain Robert Fitzroy Darwins capn

1843 Captain Robert Fitzroy Darwins capn
A portion of a letter written by Captain (later Vice-Admiral) Robert Fitzroy (b. 5 July 1805- d. 30 April 1865). Fitzroy was famous as the captain of HMS Beagle who

Background imageSuicide Collection: Seneca, Roman statesman

Seneca, Roman statesman
Seneca statue. Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman philosopher, statesman and dramatist. He was born in Cordoba between 4 and 1BC, and died in 65 AD

Background imageSuicide Collection: Death Of Socrates, 469 - 399 B. C. Engraved By F. Finden After H. Corbould

Death Of Socrates, 469 - 399 B. C. Engraved By F. Finden After H. Corbould
Death Of Socrates, 469 - 399 B.C. Engraved By F. Finden After H. Corbould, From The Book A History Of Greece By Connop Thirlwall Bishop Of St. Davids

Background imageSuicide Collection: Jeanne Hbuterne, 18981920, 1919, Oil, canvas, 36 x 28 3 / 4, 91. 4 73 cm, Paintings

Jeanne Hbuterne, 18981920, 1919, Oil, canvas, 36 x 28 3 / 4, 91. 4 73 cm, Paintings
Jeanne Hbuterne, 18981920, 1919, Oil, canvas, 36 x 28 3/4, 91.4 73 cm, Paintings, Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, Livorno, 18841920, Paris, Modigliani depicted, mistress, 1898-1920, twenty works, never

Background imageSuicide Collection: Eternal Pain

Eternal Pain
Petri Damstén

Background imageSuicide Collection: General Hideki Tojo, 1945 (b / w photo)

General Hideki Tojo, 1945 (b / w photo)
PNP364516 General Hideki Tojo, 1945 (b/w photo) by Japanese Photographer (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: General Hideki Tojo (1884-1948)

Background imageSuicide Collection: Hindu attempting to get themselves crushed under the wheels of the car of Jagannath (Juggernaut)

Hindu attempting to get themselves crushed under the wheels of the car of Jagannath (Juggernaut)
5996579 Hindu attempting to get themselves crushed under the wheels of the car of Jagannath (Juggernaut) in the belief they will go to paradise, Puri, India (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageSuicide Collection: Diana, Princess Of Wales, as she leaves the memorial service of photographer Terence

Diana, Princess Of Wales, as she leaves the memorial service of photographer Terence Donovan at St. Georges Church, Hanover Square, London. 10th March 1997

Background imageSuicide Collection: Diana, Princess Of Wales, with Diana Donovan the widow of photographer Terence Donovan as

Diana, Princess Of Wales, with Diana Donovan the widow of photographer Terence Donovan as they leave his memorial service at St. Georges Church, Hanover Square, London. 10th March 1997

Background imageSuicide Collection: Diana, Princess Of Wales, with Diana Donovan the widow of photographer Terence Donovan as

Diana, Princess Of Wales, with Diana Donovan the widow of photographer Terence Donovan as they leave his memorial service at St. Georges Church, Hanover Square, London. 10th March 1997

Background imageSuicide Collection: Unity Mitford arrives in Folkestone from Germany. Wrapped in blankets on the quatside

Unity Mitford arrives in Folkestone from Germany. Wrapped in blankets on the quatside, Unity was said to be injured, with a shot to the head. 3rd January 1940

Background imageSuicide Collection: Chatterton (The Death of Chatterton), 1856. Creator: Henry Wallis

Chatterton (The Death of Chatterton), 1856. Creator: Henry Wallis
Chatterton (The Death of Chatterton), 1856. Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770) was an unsuccessful poet whose suicide became a symbol of blighted artistic genius

Background imageSuicide Collection: The death of Seneca, 1871. Artist: Dominguez Sanchez, Manuel (1840-1906)

The death of Seneca, 1871. Artist: Dominguez Sanchez, Manuel (1840-1906)
The death of Seneca, 1871. Found in the collection of Museo del Prado, Madrid

Background imageSuicide Collection: Death of Major Skene and his wife at Jhansi, 1857, (c1860)

Death of Major Skene and his wife at Jhansi, 1857, (c1860). Scene during the period of East India Company rule: a British officer, holding his dead wife in his arms

Background imageSuicide Collection: The Death of Lucretia, 17th century. Artist: Guido Cagnacci

The Death of Lucretia, 17th century. Artist: Guido Cagnacci
The Death of Lucretia, 17th century. From the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France

Background imageSuicide Collection: The Death of Sophonisba, c.1810 (oil on canvas)

The Death of Sophonisba, c.1810 (oil on canvas)
XOS5884038 The Death of Sophonisba, c.1810 (oil on canvas) by Guerin, Pierre (1774-1833); 52x80 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageSuicide Collection: Florida, South Florida, woman running under the Juno beach pier

Florida, South Florida, woman running under the Juno beach pier

Background imageSuicide Collection: The suicide. 1834 (engraving)

The suicide. 1834 (engraving)
7147161 The suicide. 1834 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: The suicide. Song by french poet Beranger. ( 1780-1857 ) Design by Emile Bayard

Background imageSuicide Collection: Suicide tree, pong-pong, and othalanga, Cerbera odollam

Suicide tree, pong-pong, and othalanga, Cerbera odollam (Cerbera lactaria). Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration from Hermann Adolph Koehlers Medicinal Plants, edited by Gustav Pabst

Background imageSuicide Collection: Cleopatra, ca. 1623. Creator: Jan Muller

Cleopatra, ca. 1623. Creator: Jan Muller
Cleopatra, ca. 1623

Background imageSuicide Collection: Socrates, (c470-399 BC), 1830. Creator: Unknown

Socrates, (c470-399 BC), 1830. Creator: Unknown
Socrates, (c470-399 BC), 1830. Socrates (c470-399 BC) Athenian moral philosopher influential in Western ethical traditions of thought

Background imageSuicide Collection: The Death of Cleopatra, 1890. Creator: John Maler Collier

The Death of Cleopatra, 1890. Creator: John Maler Collier
The Death of Cleopatra, 1890. The Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII (69-30 BC) is believed to have committed suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp. Painting in Gallery Oldham

Background imageSuicide Collection: The Death of Cleopatra, 1785

The Death of Cleopatra, 1785. Private Collection

Background imageSuicide Collection: The Death of Cleopatra

The Death of Cleopatra. Private Collection

Background imageSuicide Collection: Staged Seppuku Harakiri Ceremony - Japan

Staged Seppuku Harakiri Ceremony - Japan
A (thankfully) staged Seppuku or Harakiri ceremony (from the late Edo period) of ritual suicide. A Japanese man has opened a cut in his abdomen in front of two witnesses

Background imageSuicide Collection: fall into depression

fall into depression
engin akyurt



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"Exploring the Depths of Despair: A Captivating Glimpse into the Tragic Theme of Suicide" In Hogarth's haunting masterpiece, "Gin Lane, " we witness a chilling portrayal of society's descent into despair, where suicide lurks as an all too real possibility. The Galapagos Admiralty map by Fitzroy Beagle takes us on a journey to uncharted territories, reminding us that even in remote corners of the world, suicide leaves its mark. Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc's self-immolation at a Saigon intersection serves as a poignant symbol of protest against oppression and injustice, shedding light on the extreme lengths some will go to make their voices heard. Ophelia's delicate watercolor portrait captures Shakespeare's tragic character submerged in madness and sorrow. Her story echoes countless individuals who succumb to inner demons and find solace in death. Socrates' caricature reminds us that even great thinkers are not immune to contemplating life's ultimate escape. The Death of Socrates immortalizes his final moments with profound introspection and stoic acceptance. Thomas Bewick's wood engraving portrays the Hanged Man—an eerie reminder that for some, suicide becomes an unfortunate end when hope is lost or burdens become unbearable. On the Little Big Horn battlefield, amidst chaos and conflict, suicides bear witness to lives shattered by war—a somber reminder that mental anguish can thrive even amid external turmoil. Within Haiti Royal Palace lies untold stories—tragedies concealed within opulent walls—where desperate souls have sought refuge from their tormented existence through fatal means. The Death of Cato of Utica encapsulates ancient history’s struggle between honor and defeat. In this oil painting, we glimpse Cato’s final act—a testament to unwavering principles taken beyond mortal boundaries. Dante’s Inferno reveals a realm where they are condemned eternally; harpies tormenting those who chose to escape life's challenges.