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Bard Collection

Background imageBard Collection: Senegal - Griot playing a Kora

Senegal - Griot playing a Kora
Senegal - seated Griot playing a Kora, a 21-stringed harp lute that originated in the Gambia River valley with the Mandinko but is one of the most popular instruments in Senegal

Background imageBard Collection: A Bard singing to Ancient Britons

A Bard singing to Ancient Britons
A Bard singing his poetry for the Britons around the campfire. These soldiers would be fighting their rivals in battle the next day... Date: circa 43 AD

Background imageBard Collection: But it was only young from next door, larking with the bust out of the library;

But it was only young from next door, larking with the bust out of the library; and it being the fashion to make fun of dear old Shakespeare just now, the joke took immensely. Date: 1864

Background imageBard Collection: Bard of Avon, Australian race horse

Bard of Avon, Australian race horse, owned by J and J F Leitch, trainer E J Riley. Won the AJC Metropolitan as a four-year-old. Date: circa late 1920s

Background imageBard Collection: Bard in sky-blue robes and ancient Britons

Bard in sky-blue robes and ancient Britons
Bard in distinctive sky-blue robes with 12-string harp, Briton in the Roman fashion of multicolored cape and red tunic, and two female Britons in tunic and skirts

Background imageBard Collection: Shakespeare at work

Shakespeare at work
Fair be all thy hopes and prosperous be thy life. Quote from Henry V and VI. The Bard at work. Date: circa 1904

Background imageBard Collection: The Hermitage, Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

The Hermitage, Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, created in the 18th century. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageBard Collection: Portrait bust of Shakespeare, Temple of Worthies, Stowe

Portrait bust of Shakespeare, Temple of Worthies, Stowe
Portrait bust of William Shakespeare, Temple of British Worthies, Elysian Fields, Stowe, Buckinghamshire. circa 1934

Background imageBard Collection: Lloyd George speaking at the Welsh National Eisteddfod

Lloyd George speaking at the Welsh National Eisteddfod
Prime Minister, David Lloyd George making a speech at the Welsh National Eisteddfod at Birkenhead in 1917. Date: 1917

Background imageBard Collection: Cover design, Christmas cards with Shakespeare subjects

Cover design, Christmas cards with Shakespeare subjects
Cover design by Robert Dudley, Christmas cards with Shakespeare subjects. (1 of 5) Date: circa 1890s

Background imageBard Collection: Albanian Soldier and Rhapsodos

Albanian Soldier and Rhapsodos (Rhapsode or Bard, performer of epic poetry). 1832

Background imageBard Collection: The Duke and Duchess of York invested as bards - Eisteddfod

The Duke and Duchess of York invested as bards - Eisteddfod
The Duke and Duchess of York invested as bards at the Welsh National Eisteddfog at Swansea in August, 1926. They were given the bardic names Albert o Efrog and Betsi o Efrog

Background imageBard Collection: Cornish Bard at his suburban home in Birmingham

Cornish Bard at his suburban home in Birmingham
A Cornish bard reads and reheases poetry in the garden of his suburban home in Birmingham, England. First published The Independent newspaper Date: 1987

Background imageBard Collection: Nomad musician, Jaipur

Nomad musician, Jaipur
Nomadic musician squats at a ceramics shop in Jaipur, India. Over his shoulder he carries an Ektara, a single string gourd musical instrument

Background imageBard Collection: The Prussian Homage, 1882, by Jan Matejko (1838-1893)

The Prussian Homage, 1882, by Jan Matejko (1838-1893)
Jan Matejko (1838-1893). Polish painter. The Prussian Homage, 1882. National Museum. Krakow. Poland

Background imageBard Collection: Sheet Music Put me upon an Island Where the Girls are Few

Sheet Music Put me upon an Island Where the Girls are Few. The Suffragette Song written and composed by Will Letters (1877-1910) and performed by Wilkie Bard (1874-1944) Chorus

Background imageBard Collection: Senegal - Griot playing a Xalam

Senegal - Griot playing a Xalam
A Griot Xalam Player - Senegal. The most common stringed instrument in Senegal. Griots of many ethnic groups play it, including the Wolof, Sereer, Mandinko, Malinke, Fulbe, and Tukuloor

Background imageBard Collection: Princess Elizabeth invested as a bard

Princess Elizabeth invested as a bard
Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, is invested as a bard at Mountain Ash on the 6th August 1946 at the Welsh Eisteddfod. Date: 1946

Background imageBard Collection: Advert for Swan fountain pens 1901

Advert for Swan fountain pens 1901
Swan fountain pens with intricate design cases and chains, for Christmas gifts, free post catalogue available or in store at Cheapside, London. 1901

Background imageBard Collection: Wernyhora, 1883-1884, by Jan Matejko (1838-1893)

Wernyhora, 1883-1884, by Jan Matejko (1838-1893)
Jan Matejko (1838-1893). Polish painter. Wernyhora, 1883-1884. National Museum. Krakow. Poland

Background imageBard Collection: Germanic bards. Colored engraving

Germanic bards. Colored engraving
Bard. Among the ancient Celts, a poet who composed panegyrics and songs of war, but then went on to describe the heroic or lyric poet of any age or country. Germanic bards. Colored engraving

Background imageBard Collection: First Royal Variety Show cast, 1912

First Royal Variety Show cast, 1912
Some of the cast of the first Royal Variety Show performance at the Palace Theatre, 1912. 6. Mr. Charles Aldrich(quick change impersonations and juggling) 7

Background imageBard Collection: Irish Druid and Ollamh

Irish Druid and Ollamh
An Irish Ollamh, a high- ranking bard, talks with a Filidhe, or herald bard, who holds a traditional Irish harp. Both had functions within the Druidic order. Date: BCE

Background imageBard Collection: Advert for Swan fountain pens & leaded pencils 1901

Advert for Swan fountain pens & leaded pencils 1901
Christmas presents, Swan fountain pens and leaded pencils with intricate design cases and chains. 1901

Background imageBard Collection: Tennyson Sambourne

Tennyson Sambourne
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892) the Poet Laureate as Alfred the Great: " What we call our Bards our Best, and may his Poetry never be Werse!" Date: 1882

Background imageBard Collection: Victoria & Scotch Bard

Victoria & Scotch Bard
A Scottish bard singing before Queen Victoria and the Royal Family. Date: 1847

Background imageBard Collection: Cornish Gorsedd, Sword of Arthur, Cornwall

Cornish Gorsedd, Sword of Arthur, Cornwall
The Cornish Gorsedd, a community of modern-day bards, taking part in the Sword of Arthur ceremony at St Just in Cornwall. The Gorseth Kernow (Gorsedd of Cornwall)

Background imageBard Collection: The marvellous Bard, phenomenal trick swinging wire artist

The marvellous Bard, phenomenal trick swinging wire artist. Date ca. 1890

Background imageBard Collection: Boy seranades girl

Boy seranades girl
From a Velentine postcard. A young bard under a window with a mandolin seranades a young girl. Art deco style. Date: c.1924

Background imageBard Collection: German bard sings in medieval hall

German bard sings in medieval hall
A German bard plays his harp in a smokey medieval hall. Date: Medieval

Background imageBard Collection: Burns Festival Procession

Burns Festival Procession
A view of the Grand Procession, part of the Festival held in honour of the memory of Robert Burns at the town of Ayr, south-west Scotland. The poet was known as the Bard of Ayrshire

Background imageBard Collection: Burns Banquet at Montreal

Burns Banquet at Montreal
A Banquet to honour the centenary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns is held in the Canadian city of Montreal Date: 25 January 1859

Background imageBard Collection: Burns Festival at the Crystal Palace

Burns Festival at the Crystal Palace
A scene from the Festival held at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Scottish poet Robbert Burns

Background imageBard Collection: Llywelyn Banqueting

Llywelyn Banqueting
LLYWELYN THE GREAT after a banquet, he listens as a bard with a harp tells of old forgotten far-off things and battles long ago. Date: ? - 1240

Background imageBard Collection: Bard and Ovate

Bard and Ovate
A Bard and an Ovate (soothsayer) whose functions accompanied those of the druids, as two associated professional classes of religious practitioners. Date: BCE

Background imageBard Collection: Ancient Irish Priests

Ancient Irish Priests
A priest of the ancient Irish pagan religion, together with a heraldic bard, prepare to initiate an infant into the mysteries of their religion, watched by a symbolic dog. Date: early centuries AD

Background imageBard Collection: Burns / Lament for James

Burns / Lament for James
LAMENT FOR JAMES, EARL OF GLENCAIRN Beneath a craigy steep a Bard, Laden with years and meikle pain, In loud lament bewail d his lord

Background imageBard Collection: Bardic Recital

Bardic Recital
A bard in ancient Germany tells of the heroes, the monsters, the gods, the battles of their race

Background imageBard Collection: Chales Fechter as Hamlet

Chales Fechter as Hamlet
Mr Charlesl Albert Fechter (1822-1879), actor, in the role of Hamlet, complete with the skull of Yorick

Background imageBard Collection: Attack on Fort Du Bard

Attack on Fort Du Bard
The fortress of BARD stands in the path of the French as they advance through the St Bernard pass into Italy, and it capitulates only after heavy bombardment

Background imageBard Collection: Shakespeare illustrated title page

Shakespeare illustrated title page
An illustrated title page, showing vignette scenes from the Comedies, with Shakespeare himself above and below in youth and old age

Background imageBard Collection: Danish Bard of 1000

Danish Bard of 1000
A Danish skalde (bard) sings the sagas of past glories to an attentive group of warriors

Background imageBard Collection: Ancient Irish Bard

Ancient Irish Bard
Irish Ottamh, and a heraldic bard

Background imageBard Collection: Shakespeare / Baconian Thy

Shakespeare / Baconian Thy
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE English dramatist and poet A pig-headed attack on the immortal bard



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