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Background imageContrasting Collection: Rules to be Observed by a Victorian Family

Rules to be Observed by a Victorian Family -- a typical summary of Victorian values, with advice including: Waste Not, Want Not; Do everything at its proper time; Be punctual, be regular

Background imageContrasting Collection: Clematis Montana Rubens

Clematis Montana Rubens, a hardy climbing plant of the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, with pink flowers. Seen here growing up the side of a house

Background imageContrasting Collection: Advert for Dolcis shoes, shopping with five coupons 1941

Advert for Dolcis shoes, shopping with five coupons 1941
With five wartime coupons you could buy one pair of shoes from Dolcis. Casual shoes with contrasting coloures with a crepe sole and side lace. Casual shoes with 3 eyelette tie at front in suede

Background imageContrasting Collection: Beach Dress

Beach Dress
A perfect outfit for the seaside: sleeveless dress with fitted bodice, bow detail, 3/4 length skirt with contrasting fringing, strappy sandals, straw hat & bucket bag

Background imageContrasting Collection: Hastings High Street

Hastings High Street
A glimpse of Hastings High Street, part of the Old Town, of Hastings, Sussex, showing its contrasting styles of architecture

Background imageContrasting Collection: Contrasting Bathroom

Contrasting Bathroom

Background imageContrasting Collection: Seated Woman With Red Tie

Seated Woman With Red Tie
An advertisement illustration portraying a seated young woman outside, wearing a contrasting red tie and dress belt. Date: circa 1939

Background imageContrasting Collection: House In The New Forest, Garden Front

House In The New Forest, Garden Front
An architectural photo lithograph of the garden front of a house in the New Forest, reproduced from a design by the architect, T

Background imageContrasting Collection: A Fishing Smack

A Fishing Smack
This painting shows a large, red sailed smack, a traditional fishing boat, contrasting heavily with the steamer, visible in the background. Date: circa 1923

Background imageContrasting Collection: The Tea Cup

The Tea Cup
A simple still life painting of a red teacup and saucer, contrasting with a dark background, a silver bell in the form of a woman holding a vase of flowers is standing behind

Background imageContrasting Collection: Rabbits

Rabbits
This woodcut shows a pair of contrasting white and black rabbits nestled beside some lettuce leaves in a fenced garden. Date: circa 1921

Background imageContrasting Collection: America. An artist in the Far West. Been looking for you

America. An artist in the Far West. Been looking for you
Two cowboys in fringed jackets having an argument, one then shoots the other dead. This subject, shoot first, ask questions later, appeared many times in British magazines in the nineteenth century

Background imageContrasting Collection: Five fashions from the 1960s. From l-r: Sleeveless plum

Five fashions from the 1960s. From l-r: Sleeveless plum and mustard contrasting wool crepe dress by Tony Armstrong; Long-sleeved black voile dress with white paving stone pattern from Wallis; Printed

Background imageContrasting Collection: 10939191

10939191
Costume of Bayeux. Falling tails from the bonnet and the false sleeves in a contrasting colour.. Handcolored fashion plate illustration from Louis-Marie Lantes Costumes des femmes du Pays de Caux

Background imageContrasting Collection: COSTUME / MACLISE 1850S

COSTUME / MACLISE 1850S
Gentleman wears a fly-fronted long coat with broad lapels faced in a contrasting fabric, large necktie tied in a bow & with fringed square cut ends. Date: 1850s

Background imageContrasting Collection: HIKING FASHIONS 1926

HIKING FASHIONS 1926
Feminine rambling fashions of 3/4 length tweed or checked skirts worn with matching or contrasting jackets. Stockings or ankle socks are worn with various styles of shoe. Date: 1926

Background imageContrasting Collection: Three cartoons at the start of the First World War

Three cartoons at the start of the First World War: at the top, a comment on needing another war to collect the debts for this one

Background imageContrasting Collection: Three Summer gowns from Paris 1927

Three Summer gowns from Paris 1927
Contrasting contours in three Parisian frocks from Lenieff, Jane Lanvin and Lucile Date: 1927

Background imageContrasting Collection: Japanese women contrasting in dress

Japanese women contrasting in dress
Two young, contemporarialy dressed women walk down a street, whilst another lady, who is older, follows them in a traditional Kimono. Date: 1932

Background imageContrasting Collection: Suits & Dresses 1935

Suits & Dresses 1935
Stylish & unusal details enliven these dresses & suits. Some features include a 3- piece suit, jabot, pleated cape sleeves, over-stitching, patch pockets & angular panels

Background imageContrasting Collection: Advert for Lightning plastics zipps 1938

Advert for Lightning plastics zipps 1938
An advertisement for Lightning plastics zipps, made in contrasting colours for a brief flexible line. 1938

Background imageContrasting Collection: Caricature of Edwin Booth and William Booth

Caricature of Edwin Booth and William Booth
Caricature of Edwin Booth (1833-1893) as Cardinal Richelieu at the Adelphi Theatre, London, and William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, at the Grecian Theatre in north London

Background imageContrasting Collection: Cocktail Gown 1930S

Cocktail Gown 1930S
Gown by Lucien Lelong in black & red jersey with a heavily textured (possibly knitted) jacket with contrasting revers & cuffs. Worn with a belt & chinese style cap. Date: 1930s

Background imageContrasting Collection: Advert for Panda footware 1948

Advert for Panda footware 1948
Stylish, comfortable & practical womans shoe with a low wedge heel, decorative lace-up front & contrasting piped trim. Perfect for town or country! Date: 1948

Background imageContrasting Collection: Plum Coloured Dress 1899

Plum Coloured Dress 1899
Side buttoning dress: yoke, cuffs & hem in a contrasting colour. Skirt fits tightly & flares at the back & has a scallop design at the hem. N.B mink faces on muff & fur boa. Date: 1899

Background imageContrasting Collection: Coffee & Cakes Party

Coffee & Cakes Party
He wears a single breasted, dark 3-piece suit. Of the ladies frocks: one uses plain fabrics with contrasting collar & cuffs; the other 3 are of various printed textiles. Date: 1930

Background imageContrasting Collection: Englishman 1530

Englishman 1530
He wears an embroidered shirt beneath layers of clothing notable for the padded shoulders and puff sleeves contrasting with the simple hose covering his legs Date: circa 1530

Background imageContrasting Collection: Silhouette of contrasting transport, 1874 and 1924

Silhouette of contrasting transport, 1874 and 1924, by H.L. Oakley, in Tennis magazine, 24 July 1924. Above: a group of people arriving at a country house by horse-drawn carriage in 1874

Background imageContrasting Collection: Girls on a country path

Girls on a country path
Art Deco greeting card depicting two girls in contrasting dresses passing on a country path. Artist: Joyce Mercer Date: circa 1925

Background imageContrasting Collection: British coins, two Elizabeth II pennies

British coins, two Elizabeth II pennies for 1964 and 1967, with Britannia on the reverse, and contrasting metal colours. Date: 1964-1967

Background imageContrasting Collection: Advert for D. H Evans ready-to-wear felt hat 1914

Advert for D. H Evans ready-to-wear felt hat 1914
Advertisement for a new ready-to-wear hat in velour-finished felt from D H Evans of Oxford Street, London. In black and all colours

Background imageContrasting Collection: Two contrasting forms of transport, then and now

Two contrasting forms of transport, then and now. Above: a lady in a sedan chair, about to leave Hampton Court for home. Below: a rather more racy journey

Background imageContrasting Collection: French and German contrasts, WW1

French and German contrasts, WW1
Postcard contrasting the French and German attitudes towards the enemy during the First World War -- German barbarity and French generosity. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageContrasting Collection: Two extremely ragged men reading a smart fashion magazine

Two extremely ragged men reading a smart fashion magazine. Bill Snooks (reading from a fashion paper) - " To be really well dressed

Background imageContrasting Collection: Comedy in the country. Tragedy in London

Comedy in the country. Tragedy in London. Two designs on one plate. Above, two rows of burlesqued yokels (with two comely women, and an ugly old one)

Background imageContrasting Collection: The Wagnerites by Aubrey Beardsley

The Wagnerites by Aubrey Beardsley, a pen and ink drawing when Beardsley was boldly using large fields of pure black contrasted with white details

Background imageContrasting Collection: The wives of the military

The wives of the military
" The wives of the military" -- two ladies of contrasting stature (and possibly contrasting social stature!) stand talking about their husbands, both away at war. Silhouette by H L Oakley

Background imageContrasting Collection: Two young ladies in outfits by Drecoll and Anna

Two young ladies in outfits by Drecoll and Anna
Two young ladies in autumn outfits, standing by a car. On the left, a beige tailored suit with pockets below the belt, by Drecoll

Background imageContrasting Collection: Two ladies in outfits by Jean Patou and Doeuillet

Two ladies in outfits by Jean Patou and Doeuillet
Two elegant ladies in the latest autumn outfits. On the left, a dark coat with fur trimming by Jean Patou. On the right, a grey dress with black detail and contrasting pink shoes and hat

Background imageContrasting Collection: Slouching Girl 1960S

Slouching Girl 1960S
A girl wears a shapeless low waisted dress in a floral print & narrow contrasting belt & suede sling-back peep toe sandals. Her hair is cut in a long bob with a fringe. Date: 1960

Background imageContrasting Collection: Tramp outside Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, London

Tramp outside Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, London
A shuffling tramp outside the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square, Central London, contrasts strongly with the well dressed patrons on the left

Background imageContrasting Collection: Four skating boys, by Florence Hardy

Four skating boys, by Florence Hardy. Each boy is wearing a different coloured suit, and a matching or contrasting hat: blue, yellow, green and red

Background imageContrasting Collection: Find the Man Who Has Enlisted

Find the Man Who Has Enlisted
A propagandist illustration during World War One contrasting the pride and satisfaction of the man who has enlisted to join up, with the shame of one who has not

Background imageContrasting Collection: C. 1895 Seaside Outfit

C. 1895 Seaside Outfit
A young woman, wearing a blouse with mutton-sleeves, a wing-collar & bow-tie, a skirt decorated with 7 contrasting bands & a straw boater-style hat, seen at Brighton beach

Background imageContrasting Collection: Jeanne Lanvin / Outfit

Jeanne Lanvin / Outfit
Front cover design by Lanvin showing a remuskah dress in purple with balloon sleeves, double breasted bodice, belted waist and contrasting hat, gloves and bag

Background imageContrasting Collection: Dresses by Lanvin 1931

Dresses by Lanvin 1931
Designs by Jeanne Lanvin: a green dress with astrakan collar and cuffs, a grey dress with decorative rectangular and triangular panels and contrasting red sleeves

Background imageContrasting Collection: Gown by Jean Desses

Gown by Jean Desses
An evening gown in pale blue silk by Jean Desses of Paris with contrasting sash, draped skirt & interesting back detail where the halter strap is attached to the skirt

Background imageContrasting Collection: French Court 1428

French Court 1428
Charles VII & courtiers: long houppelandes (gowns) with contrasting revers (one has hanging sleeves), an ermine trimmed huke & cape. They wear small close-fitting hats



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