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Background imageAllegory Collection: Platos Cave Allegory

Platos Cave Allegory
In Platos Republic Socrates likens mankind to prisoners in a cave who see only the shadows of reality, and the philosophers to those who have been given a glimpse of it

Background imageAllegory Collection: A Star Explodes - Norman Lindsay

A Star Explodes - Norman Lindsay
A Star Explodes by Norman Lindsay Date: 1932

Background imageAllegory Collection: Kiss of the Oceans - Atlantic meets Pacific - Panama Canal

Kiss of the Oceans - Atlantic meets Pacific - Panama Canal
The Kiss of the Oceans - The Atlantic meets the Pacific due to the construction of The Panama Canal - A lovely allegorical card relating to this phenomenal engineering project

Background imageAllegory Collection: The Workers May-Pole, design for a socialist poster

The Workers May-Pole, design for a socialist poster
The Workers May-Pole, a design for a socialist poster, with a central allegorical figure, and banners and ribbons labelled with abstract ideas such as Leisure, Solidarity and Humanity. Date: 1894

Background imageAllegory Collection: Science Allegorised

Science Allegorised
Philosophy enthroned, surrounded by the sciences - Grammar, Rhetoric, Linguistics, Music, Arithmetic, Geometry and Astronomy, with Socrates and Plato and scholars writing

Background imageAllegory Collection: Construction of the Statue of Liberty, Paris

Construction of the Statue of Liberty, Paris
Construction of the Statue of Liberty in Paris, before shipping to New York. 1885

Background imageAllegory Collection: A Jaipur Allegory

A Jaipur Allegory
Look Out, The Elephants Coming! An artists impression of the dominant Jaipur Polo team. Having won the Indian Polo Association Championship in December 1932

Background imageAllegory Collection: Female jockeys riding gentlemen like horses

Female jockeys riding gentlemen like horses
Two women jockeys with riding crops, spur on their steeds - not horses, but top-hatted and tailed gentlemen who wear bridles in their mouths

Background imageAllegory Collection: Classical Greek gods allegorised

Classical Greek gods allegorised
The classical Greek gods allegorised. Date: 18th century

Background imageAllegory Collection: Trades union membership certificate

Trades union membership certificate
A trades union membership certificate for the United Operative Plumbers Association of Great Britain and Ireland, with Defence and Defiance as their motto

Background imageAllegory Collection: Minerva Victorious over ignorance

Minerva Victorious over ignorance
Minervas Victorious over Ignorance. Spranger, Bartholomaeus (1546-1611). Oil on canvas

Background imageAllegory Collection: The Feast of Venus

The Feast of Venus, after 1635. Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640). Oil on canvas, 217 x 350 cm

Background imageAllegory Collection: Zulu War Britannia 1879

Zulu War Britannia 1879
British Imperialism symbolically represented at the time of the Zulu War

Background imageAllegory Collection: Justice as depicted on a Tarot card

Justice as depicted on a Tarot card
Comtesse de Segur, nee Sophie Rostopchine, French writer, born in Russia, best known for Les Malheurs de Sophie, first published 1859

Background imageAllegory Collection: Absinthe

Absinthe
Allegory on the dangers of drinking Absinthe

Background imageAllegory Collection: Jesus Crucifixion

Jesus Crucifixion
Allegory of Jesus crucified, surrounded by relics and other symbolic attributes

Background imageAllegory Collection: Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). Spring, 1873

Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). Spring, 1873
Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). French painter. Spring, 1873. Oil on Canvas. Metropolitan Museum. New York. United States

Background imageAllegory Collection: Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1

Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1
Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, twenty-four years after Tenniel. In Tenniels Dropping the Pilot cartoon of 1890 Kaiser Wilhelm II watches as Bismarck disembarks from the ship (of state)

Background imageAllegory Collection: The Strife of Lent with Shrovetide, c. 1550, by Pieter Bruegh

The Strife of Lent with Shrovetide, c. 1550, by Pieter Bruegh
Pieter Brueghel the Elder (c.1525-1569). Flemish painter. The Strife of Lent with Shrovetide, c.1550. National Museum of Denmark. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageAllegory Collection: Tarot Card 8 - La Justice (Justice)

Tarot Card 8 - La Justice (Justice)

Background imageAllegory Collection: Rene Descartes, French mathematician and philosopher

Rene Descartes, French mathematician and philosopher. His most famous philosophical statement was: I think, therefore I am

Background imageAllegory Collection: Sculpture on Synagogue, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France

Sculpture on Synagogue, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France
Sculpture on the Synagogue, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France, a Romanesque revival building which was destroyed during the Second World War. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageAllegory Collection: Illustration, A Song of the English, Thames Embankment

Illustration, A Song of the English, Thames Embankment
Illustration to A Song of the English, a patriotic set of poems by Rudyard Kipling (first published in the English Illustrated Magazine)

Background imageAllegory Collection: LORENZETTI, Ambrogio (1285-1348). Effects of Good

LORENZETTI, Ambrogio (1285-1348). Effects of Good Government on the City Life. First half 14th c. Detail. Renaissance art. Trecento. Fresco. ITALY. TUSCANY. Siena. Public Palace

Background imageAllegory Collection: Barbers shop with Monkeys and Cats

Barbers shop with Monkeys and Cats. Teniers, Abraham (1629-1670). Oil on copper

Background imageAllegory Collection: Patriotic French poster by Cappiello

Patriotic French poster by Cappiello
Patriotic poster by Leonetto Cappiello, depicting Marianne, the national symbol of France, standing on a red, white and blue map of the country

Background imageAllegory Collection: Edward VII Memorial unveiling at Brighton and Hove

Edward VII Memorial unveiling at Brighton and Hove
The unveiling of a Memorial to the late King Edward VII on the boundary dividing the boroughs of Brighton and Hove. It was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, the Duke of Norfolk

Background imageAllegory Collection: Justice Personified

Justice Personified
Justice holding scales to symbolise even-handedness, stability and equality

Background imageAllegory Collection: Beethoven / Vienna Statue

Beethoven / Vienna Statue
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Inauguration of the monument to the German composer at Vienna on 1 May 1880

Background imageAllegory Collection: MOVE ON POLICE SATIRE

MOVE ON POLICE SATIRE
A cruel satire aimed at the Commissioners of Police, features a skeleton in a policemans uniform moving on a starving, homeless woman and her baby

Background imageAllegory Collection: M JEKYLL, O HYDE

M JEKYLL, O HYDE
Dr M Jekyll and Mr O Hyde - Tenniel uses Stevensons novel as an allegory of Irelands two faces - the one respectable, the other murderous. Date: 1888

Background imageAllegory Collection: Rich Woman fishes for suitors

Rich Woman fishes for suitors
Leap Year - A Sure Bait A rich woman sits on the riverbank, loading up her hook with her riches ( LSD - pounds shillings and pence) - a sure bait for the mass of suitors she has already caught

Background imageAllegory Collection: Music sheet cover for Queen of the May Quadrille

Music sheet cover for Queen of the May Quadrille
Music sheet cover for the Queen of the May Quadrille, composed by the French conductor Louis Antoine Jullien (1812-1860), and dedicated to Mrs Robert Arkwright (the actress Frances Crawford Kemble)

Background imageAllegory Collection: WW1 Allegory - The Allies greet the arriving Italian Soldier

WW1 Allegory - The Allies greet the arriving Italian Soldier
Viva L Italia ! - WW1 Allegory - The Allies greet the arriving Italian Soldier - " Banded together to face the foe." Date: circa 1916

Background imageAllegory Collection: JUSTICE CLEANED UP

JUSTICE CLEANED UP
Cleaning up British Justice

Background imageAllegory Collection: WW1 poster, Vive la France! All for one and one for all

WW1 poster, Vive la France! All for one and one for all! Allied tribute to France, 14 July at 8pm, Mass Meeting on the French National Holiday to show we all stand together till we win Peace by

Background imageAllegory Collection: Judgment of God on Sin in the form of the Whore of Babylon

Judgment of God on Sin in the form of the Whore of Babylon, with angels above and dragons and demons below in hell. Handcoloured etching drawn

Background imageAllegory Collection: Renaissance Art. Italy. Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). Venus

Renaissance Art. Italy. Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). Venus and Mars, c. 1483. Detail of Venus. Tempera on panel. National Gallery. London. England. UK

Background imageAllegory Collection: Equestrian Statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, Venice, Italy

Equestrian Statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, Venice, Italy. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageAllegory Collection: Gian Galeazzo Visconti and his three sons

Gian Galeazzo Visconti and his three sons
Gian Galeazzo Visconti 1 and his sons Filippo Maria 2, Gian Maria 3 and Gabriele Maria 4. Filippo holds a model of Certosa di Pavia, a monastery in Pavia, Lombardy

Background imageAllegory Collection: Hope by George Frederick Watts

Hope by George Frederick Watts. late 19th century

Background imageAllegory Collection: An Allegory of Social Strife, by Archibald Ziegler

An Allegory of Social Strife, by Archibald Ziegler
An Allegory of Social Strife, a painting by Archibald Ziegler. A reflection on postwar mass unemployment and social unrest, recalling the 1926 General Strike. late 1920s

Background imageAllegory Collection: Ronot press, Conservatoire des Arts de la Metallurgie

Ronot press, Conservatoire des Arts de la Metallurgie
Ronot press, reconstructed, and statue of Allegory of Industry, at the Conservatoire des Arts de la Metallurgie, or Conservatory of the Arts of Metallurgy

Background imageAllegory Collection: Allegory of the Villa of Madrid, 1810, by Francisco de Goya

Allegory of the Villa of Madrid, 1810, by Francisco de Goya
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Spanish painter. Allegory of the Villa of Madrid, 1810. History Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageAllegory Collection: Allegoric Capricho, 1852, by Eugenio Lucas Velazquez

Allegoric Capricho, 1852, by Eugenio Lucas Velazquez
Eugenio Lucas Velazquez (1817-1870). Spanish painter. Allegoric Capricho, 1852. Lazaro Galdiano Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageAllegory Collection: Cartoon, Britannia and Kaiser Wilhelm II

Cartoon, Britannia and Kaiser Wilhelm II
Political cartoon, Britannia and Kaiser Wilhelm II, Cousins German, with jealous Marianne (France) looking on Date: 1891

Background imageAllegory Collection: Cartoon, Britannia, a Presentiment

Cartoon, Britannia, a Presentiment
Political cartoon, Britannia, a Presentiment - with all these rumours about I'd better look to my weapons Date: 1891

Background imageAllegory Collection: Music sheet, Rule Britannia, as solo and chorus

Music sheet, Rule Britannia, as solo and chorus
Music sheet, patriotic song Rule Britannia, as solo and chorus, composed by Dr Arne, with musical notation Date: 19th century



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