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"Captivated by the Spectacle: A Glimpse into the Art of Watching" From the prestigious Tennis Championships at Wimbledon to Manchester's last tram

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Watching Collection: English grandee of the East India Company riding in an Indian procession, 1825-1830
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Watching Collection: The Tennis Championships at Wimbledon
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Watching Collection: RNLI lookout
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Watching Collection: ARTHUR ASHE (1943-1993). American tennis player. Photographed during his match against Jimmy
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Watching Collection: Suricate / Meerkat - family with young on the lookout at the edge of its burrow
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Watching Collection: An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson
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Watching Collection: Manchesters last tram
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Watching Collection: WORLD SERIES, 1955. Left fielder Sandy Amoros of the Brooklyn Dodgers catches a deep fly ball hit
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Watching Collection: The Return of the Prodigal Son, c1668. Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
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Watching Collection: Village green cricket, Tilford, Surrey, England, UK
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Watching Collection: Cardinal Richelieu at the Siege of La Rochelle, 1628 (early 20th century)
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Watching Collection: 1950s Cinema - Childrens Saturday Matinee
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Watching Collection: The second fight between Harry Paulson and Tom Paddock, 1851 (late 19th or early 20th century)
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Watching Collection: Boys Watching Brass Band
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Watching Collection: A pack of meerkats on the edge of the Ntwetwe salt
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Watching Collection: Suricate / Meerkat On the lookout
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Watching Collection: Irish Dancers
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Watching Collection: T T Photographer
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Watching Collection: Association Cricket Ground, Perth, Western Australia
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Watching Collection: Playtime at Wimbledon. by William Heath Robinson
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Watching Collection: Quarreling and scuffling in a womens bathhouse, Japan. Artist: Yoshiiku
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Watching Collection: Colonel Mordaunt watching a cock fight at Lucknow, India, 1790. Artist: Johan Zoffany
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Watching Collection: Fly Past
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Watching Collection: The Monseigneur - Londons latest chic restaurant
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Watching Collection: Group of meerkats (Suricata suricatta), Kalahari Meerkat Project, Van Zylsrus
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Watching Collection: Siberian / Amur TIGER - close-up of face
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Watching Collection: The destruction of York Minster, 1829 (engraving)
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Watching Collection: Two Men Contemplating the Moon, ca. 1825-30. Creator: Caspar David Friedrich
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Watching Collection: Birstall, W Yorkshire - Unveiling statue of Joseph Priestly
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Watching Collection: Men playing billiards in a club
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Watching Collection: Boxing - Fives Court with Randall & Turner sparring
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Watching Collection: Couple Puffin on cliff in summer
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Watching Collection: Mature red deer stag
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Watching Collection: Cat - looks at Goldfish in bowl
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Watching Collection: Ginger Cat
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Watching Collection: Female ICI employees enjoy a dance, South Yorkshire, 1957. Artist: Michael Walters
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Watching Collection: Fencing Match Between Mademoiselle La Chevaliere D Eon De Beaumont and Monsieur De Saint George
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Watching Collection: Jigsaw puzzle of golfers on Prestwick golf course, Scotland, c1914
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Watching Collection: On the rails at Goodwood by Howard K Elcock
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Watching Collection: Illustration of two knights competing in a medieval jousting tournament
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Watching Collection: Airplane flying in the Princess Juliana International Airport of Maho Bay, Sint Maarten
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Watching Collection: Binocular Testing
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Watching Collection: Audience Of One
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Watching Collection: Halleys comet, 19th Century artwork
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Watching Collection: A Coign of Vantage, 1895 (oil on canvas)
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Watching Collection: English Bulldog, on a down and stay command, hopeful for a treat
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Watching Collection: Christmas card, Shakespearean jesters
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Watching Collection: Children doing handstands on a Balham street, SW London


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"Captivated by the Spectacle: A Glimpse into the Art of Watching" From the prestigious Tennis Championships at Wimbledon to Manchester's last tram, from the intense World Series showdown between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees to a Buddhist monk's self-immolation in Saigon, it has been an integral part of our human experience. In 1955, as left fielder Sandy Amoros gracefully caught Yogi Berra's deep fly ball during Game 7 of the World Series, spectators held their breaths in anticipation. The photograph captured this pivotal moment that would forever be etched in baseball history. Meanwhile, on a bustling street corner in Saigon in 1963, photographer Malcolm Browne immortalized Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc setting himself ablaze as an act of protest against President Ngo Dinh Diem's oppressive regime. This haunting image serves as a reminder of how powerful and transformative acts can be. Closer to home, dedicated RNLI lookouts scan vast oceans for signs of distress while suricates stand guard at their burrows on the arid plains of Namibia. These watchful beings remind us that vigilance is essential for survival. Artistic masterpieces like Rembrandt van Rijn's "The Return of the Prodigal Son" evoke emotions through visual storytelling. As viewers gaze upon this painting depicting forgiveness and redemption, they become witnesses to a profound narrative unfolding before them. On idyllic village greens across England, cricket enthusiasts gather under sunny skies to witness spirited matches that have endured for centuries. The crackle of leather meeting willow fills the air as players and spectators alike revel in this quintessentially British pastime. In dimly lit billiards clubs or amidst rowdy brass bands parading through city streets - whether it be boys captivated by music or men engrossed in competition - watching becomes a shared experience that binds communities together.