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Thinking Collection

"Unleash the power of your thoughts, just like Yardley did in their 1962 advertisement. " "Thinking: a timeless art celebrated by Ws Gilbert in Vanity Fair

Background imageThinking Collection: Yardley advertisement, 1962

Yardley advertisement, 1962
Advertisement for the Lavender range of fragrances and bathroom products by Yardley, featuring an illustration of a pensive woman with large doe eyes. Date: 1962

Background imageThinking Collection: Ws Gilbert / Vanity Fair

Ws Gilbert / Vanity Fair
WILLIAM SCHWENCK GILBERT English playwright and collaborator with Sullivan

Background imageThinking Collection: Womens Rights / Mockery

Womens Rights / Mockery
A Womans Mind magnified

Background imageThinking Collection: Philosopher in Meditation, 1632 (oil on panel)

Philosopher in Meditation, 1632 (oil on panel)
XIR267672 Philosopher in Meditation, 1632 (oil on panel) by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-69); 28x34 cm; Louvre, Paris, France; Dutch, out of copyright

Background imageThinking Collection: Phrenological Head

Phrenological Head
A PHRENOLOGICAL HEAD Symbolic representation showing 37 areas such as eventuality, individuality, self-esteem, secretiveness

Background imageThinking Collection: Reproduction of a poster advertising the play Hamlet (colour litho)

Reproduction of a poster advertising the play Hamlet (colour litho)
STC139153 Reproduction of a poster advertising the play Hamlet (colour litho) by Nicholson, William (1872-1949) & Pryde, James (1866-1941); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageThinking Collection: Rudyard Kipling at Desk

Rudyard Kipling at Desk
English writer, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) working at his desk

Background imageThinking Collection: Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750), 1746 (oil on canvas)

Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750), 1746 (oil on canvas)
FIA5378340 Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750), 1746 (oil on canvas) by Haussmann, Elias Gottleib (1695-1774); Museum fur Geschichte de Stadt Leipzig

Background imageThinking Collection: Girl Guides: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret send courier

Girl Guides: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret send courier
Princess Elizabeth, patrol leader in the Buckingham Palace Company, sends a message by courier pigeon to Lady Baden Powell at Guide Headquarters

Background imageThinking Collection: Sher. Holmes Thinking

Sher. Holmes Thinking
THE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN Sherlock Holmes studies the case at his desk

Background imageThinking Collection: Silverback mountain gorilla

Silverback mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) standing in profile, Shinda group, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, Africa

Background imageThinking Collection: Medieval scholar, 16th century

Medieval scholar, 16th century

Background imageThinking Collection: Thoreaus Pond

Thoreaus Pond
Walden Pond, where the American writer Thoreau spent two years studying nature and thinking deep thoughts. His cabin was built on land owned by Emerson near Concord

Background imageThinking Collection: Doing the Crossword / 1925

Doing the Crossword / 1925
The thinker, ponders a crossword clue

Background imageThinking Collection: Characterful old lady with her knitting

Characterful old lady with her knitting
A characterful old lady sits in a chair, holding a few rows of knitting in front of her as she looks thoughtfully into the distance

Background imageThinking Collection: Portrait de la duchesse de la Rochefoucault (Louise Elisabeth de la Rochefoucault)

Portrait de la duchesse de la Rochefoucault (Louise Elisabeth de la Rochefoucault, duchesse d Enville)
FIA5391119 Portrait de la duchesse de la Rochefoucault (Louise Elisabeth de la Rochefoucault, duchesse d Enville, 1716-1797) - Peinture de Jean Marc (Jean-Marc) Nattier (1685-1766), huile sur toile

Background imageThinking Collection: Napoleon I at the tomb of Frederick the Great, 27 October 1806, (1936). Creator: Unknown

Napoleon I at the tomb of Frederick the Great, 27 October 1806, (1936). Creator: Unknown
Napoleon I at the tomb of Frederick the Great, 27 October 1806, (1936). Napoleon I Am Sarge Friedrichs Des Grossen, 27 Oktober 1806

Background imageThinking Collection: Napoleon at Fontainebleau During the First Abdication - 31 March 1814, (1845)

Napoleon at Fontainebleau During the First Abdication - 31 March 1814, (1845). Artist: Paul Delaroche
Napoleon at Fontainebleau During the First Abdication - 31 March 1814, (1845). The invasion of France by the Allies culminated in Napoleons abdication of 11 April

Background imageThinking Collection: Funerary stele of Democleides (4th century BC)

Funerary stele of Democleides (4th century BC)
Greek art. Funerary stele of Democleides (4th century BC). Marble relief depicting a warrior sitting sad and meditating on the stern of a ship. Beside him, his helmet and shield

Background imageThinking Collection: Reading by Lamplight (Twilight: Interior), 1909. Artist: George Clausen

Reading by Lamplight (Twilight: Interior), 1909. Artist: George Clausen
Reading by Lamplight (Twilight: Interior), 1909. Painting housed at Lotherton Hall, Leeds. From The Studio Volume 69. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1916-17]

Background imageThinking Collection: Portrait of a young man

Portrait of a young man

Background imageThinking Collection: Young man wearing an open plaid shirt in a backyard

Young man wearing an open plaid shirt in a backyard

Background imageThinking Collection: Sensual face of a young woman

Sensual face of a young woman

Background imageThinking Collection: An Old Man in an Armchair (oil on canvas)

An Old Man in an Armchair (oil on canvas)
BAL99416 An Old Man in an Armchair (oil on canvas) by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, (1606-69) (follower of); 111x88 cm; National Gallery, London

Background imageThinking Collection: China, Hainan Province

China, Hainan Province, Hainan Island, Monkey Island Research park - a gorilla statue

Background imageThinking Collection: The Thinker, 1901 (bronze)

The Thinker, 1901 (bronze)
466761 The Thinker, 1901 (bronze) by Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917) (after); Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City; Photo © Stefano Baldini

Background imageThinking Collection: Penitent Magdalen, (oil on canvas)

Penitent Magdalen, (oil on canvas)
7129325 Penitent Magdalen, (oil on canvas) by Fetti or Feti, Domenico (1589-1624); Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: Penitent Magdalen, Domenico Fetti, oil on canvas)

Background imageThinking Collection: UKRAINIAN, 1875 (oil on canvas)

UKRAINIAN, 1875 (oil on canvas)
7215235 UKRAINIAN, 1875 (oil on canvas) by Repin, Ilya Efimovich (1844-1930); Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia; (add.info.: 1875//Oil on canvas In Paris)

Background imageThinking Collection: The Scribe, (oil on canvas)

The Scribe, (oil on canvas)
651541 The Scribe, (oil on canvas) by Deutsch, Ludwig (1855-1935); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Scribe. Ludwig Deutsch (1855-1935)

Background imageThinking Collection: Beethoven in the Forest (litho)

Beethoven in the Forest (litho)
3102327 Beethoven in the Forest (litho) by Schmid, Julius (1854-1935); Private Collection; (add.info.: Beethoven in the Forest. Postcard, early 20th century.); Look and Learn / Elgar Collection

Background imageThinking Collection: Oliver Cromwell, 1867 (oil on canvas)

Oliver Cromwell, 1867 (oil on canvas)
985100 Oliver Cromwell, 1867 (oil on canvas) by Leutze, Emanuel Gottlieb (1816-68); 145.1x107 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Oliver Cromwell. Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1816-1868). Oil on canvas

Background imageThinking Collection: Viscount Lepic, 1882. Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Viscount Lepic, 1882. Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Viscount Lepic, 1882

Background imageThinking Collection: The Thinker, 1881 (for detail see 63999)

The Thinker, 1881 (for detail see 63999)
BAL12887 The Thinker, 1881 (for detail see 63999) by Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917); 71.5x40x58 cm; Musee Rodin, Paris, France; (add.info.: modelled in 1880-82 for The Gates of Hell; ); French

Background imageThinking Collection: Portrait of a young man, cool tone

Portrait of a young man, cool tone

Background imageThinking Collection: MAXWELL 1911

MAXWELL 1911
A lady rebukes her dog for even thinking of lifting its leg against the wheel of her Maxwell... Date: 1911

Background imageThinking Collection: Decision-making hierarchy

Decision-making hierarchy
Decision making. Conceptual computer artwork of a hierarchy of decision makers, showing a lower level of 25 brains, which pass their decisions to a middle level of nine brains

Background imageThinking Collection: Artem Mikoyan, Soviet aircraft designer

Artem Mikoyan, Soviet aircraft designer
Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan (1905-1970), Soviet aircraft designer. Mikoyan, of Armenian descent, was a member of the USSR Academy of Sciences

Background imageThinking Collection: Statue in glasshouse at the Botanic Gardens

Statue in glasshouse at the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThinking Collection: Charles Darwin studying a worm

Charles Darwin studying a worm
A satire on Charles Darwin -- after charting the Descent of Man he goes even lower and studies worms

Background imageThinking Collection: The Odalisque (oil on canvas laid down on board)

The Odalisque (oil on canvas laid down on board)
6771455 The Odalisque (oil on canvas laid down on board) by Portaels, Jean Francois (1818-95); 111x89 cm; Private Collection

Background imageThinking Collection: The Letter (oil on canvas)

The Letter (oil on canvas)
CH402348 The Letter (oil on canvas) by Kilburne, George Goodwin (1839-1924); 71.1x91.4 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageThinking Collection: Female Nude Seated by Fireside, c. 1850-1900 (mantochrome, paper-taped)

Female Nude Seated by Fireside, c. 1850-1900 (mantochrome, paper-taped)
990443 Female Nude Seated by Fireside, c.1850-1900 (mantochrome, paper-taped) by Mante, Louis Amedee (1826-1913) & Goldschmidt

Background imageThinking Collection: A Buddhist monk exploring the Angkor Archaeological Complex, UNESCO World Heritage Site

A Buddhist monk exploring the Angkor Archaeological Complex, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageThinking Collection: The loved one far away

The loved one far away
Dutch girl sitting on the end of a jetty thinking of her lover. Artist: Ethel Parkinson Date: 1915

Background imageThinking Collection: Music cover, I m Forever Thinking of You

Music cover, I m Forever Thinking of You, words by Lillian Fitzgerald, music by Clarence Senna. 1920

Background imageThinking Collection: Unidentified woman looking at Lake Maggiore on a cold winters day, Piedmont, Italian Lakes

Unidentified woman looking at Lake Maggiore on a cold winters day, Piedmont, Italian Lakes, Italy, Europe

Background imageThinking Collection: Portrait of Mikhail Glinka at the time of his composition of the opera Ruslan

Portrait of Mikhail Glinka at the time of his composition of the opera Ruslan
XIR77609 Portrait of Mikhail Glinka at the time of his composition of the opera Ruslan and Ludmilla, c.1887 (oil on canvas) by Repin, Ilya Efimovich (1844-1930); Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageThinking Collection: Sigrid Undset / Nobel 1928

Sigrid Undset / Nobel 1928
SIGRID UNDSET Norwegian novelist



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"Unleash the power of your thoughts, just like Yardley did in their 1962 advertisement. " "Thinking: a timeless art celebrated by Ws Gilbert in Vanity Fair. " "In the depths of contemplation, as captured in 'Philosopher in Meditation' (1632). " "A reminder that even women's rights faced mockery for daring to think differently. " "The Phrenological Head reminds us that thinking is an exploration of our own minds. " "Johann Sebastian Bach, lost in thought while composing masterpieces on canvas (1746). " "The Silverback mountain gorilla ponders its next move with wisdom and intelligence. " "As Rudyard Kipling sat at his desk, he let his thoughts shape worlds through words. " "When Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret sent a courier for Girl Guides, they were thinking ahead. " "The medieval scholar delved into ancient texts, seeking knowledge through deep thought (16th century). " "Thoreau's Pond served as a sanctuary for reflection and introspection amidst nature's beauty. " "In 1925, doing the crossword challenged minds to think critically and solve puzzles creatively.