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Choose from 49 pictures in our Entertainment collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery. We are proud to offer this selection in partnership with Historic England.


Skeleton in the closet OP34901 Featured Entertainment Print

Skeleton in the closet OP34901

Aston Hall, Aston, Birmingham. This buildings was one of the first historic buildings to be used as a municipal visitor attraction. For a while this skeleton of a woman sat in the hidden room beneath the stairs. A porters chair swung on hinges and could be pinned back into place to conceal the space behind. Photographed by Percy Thomas Deakin between 1885-1905

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Alhambra Leicester Square CC97_00503 Featured Entertainment Print

Alhambra Leicester Square CC97_00503

Alhambra theatre, Leicester Square, Westminster, London 1870-??82. York & Son wet collodion glass plate negative.
The Alhambra in London'??s Leicester Square was the brainchild of the impresario and showman Edward Tyrell Smith who bought it in 1858 for the staging of circus acts and later musical theatre. Its Moorish styling included domes, minarets, and horseshoe arches. A fire in 1882 led to its rebuilding, but it was demolished in 1936 as the popularity of music hall entertainment declined. It was replaced by an Oden Cinema (see BB87_03577)

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Defoe in the pillory N110160 Featured Entertainment Print

Defoe in the pillory N110160

MAYSON BEETON COLLECTION. Engraving of Daniel Defoe in the pillory at Temple Bar, July 1703. In December 1702 Defoe had published a political pamplet entitled "Shortest Way with the Dissenters" which satirised the high-church arguments of those Tories who wished to abolish the practice of occasional conformity (which allowed Dissenters to hold office). In May 1703, when his authorship was discovered, Defoe was arrested for seditious libel and was sentenced to a large fine, to stand in the pillory three times and was sent to Newgate prison. Defoe stood in the pillory on 29, 30, and 31 July, ringed with protective supporters

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