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Background imageDarkness Collection: Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618

Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618
Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). Spanish Baroque painter. The Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Background imageDarkness Collection: Supper at Emmaus, 1648, by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

Supper at Emmaus, 1648, by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Dutch painter. Supper at Emmaus, 1648. Detail. National Museum of Denmark. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageDarkness Collection: Myth / German and Norse

Myth / German and Norse
The wolves Skoll (repulsion) and Hati (hate) pursue Sol (sun) and Mani (moon) across the skies; if they should catch them, the world will be plunged again into darkness

Background imageDarkness Collection: Book of the Dead / 28

Book of the Dead / 28
The coot, the lotus, and the god who lightens the darkness, illustrating transformations

Background imageDarkness Collection: Suffragette Militant Attack on Golf Course

Suffragette Militant Attack on Golf Course. A Suffragette under cover of darkness, pours acid on the golf course, unaware shes being watched

Background imageDarkness Collection: Rothesay Pier, Rothesay, Bute, Scotland at night

Rothesay Pier, Rothesay, Bute, Scotland at night
Rothesay Pier, Scotland at night. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageDarkness Collection: First World War - Blackout cartoon postcard

First World War - Blackout cartoon postcard
Hoping to see more of you - mindful of the blackout enforced in London during World War one, this couple look forward to getting a better view of each other when their paths next cross

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Battle of Pacocha; Action between HMS Shah and Ameth

The Battle of Pacocha; Action between HMS Shah and Ameth
Engraving showing the battle between HMS Shah and Amethyst and the Peruvian Ironclad turret ship Huascar on the 29th May 1877

Background imageDarkness Collection: Trafalgar Square, London on a foggy night

Trafalgar Square, London on a foggy night - the neon lights on the circular dome of the Coliseum Theatre on St. Martins Lane can be seen peeking out over the distant rooftops beyond

Background imageDarkness Collection: Greece Styx

Greece Styx
The river Styx was believed to flow down to Hades, hence the adjective Stygian, beloved of poets, for hellish darkness

Background imageDarkness Collection: Wedding Garment Parable

Wedding Garment Parable
The Parable of the Wedding Garment : the king orders the improperly dressed guest to be bound hand and foot and cast into outer darkness

Background imageDarkness Collection: WW2 - Atlantic Convoy at sea as seen from an escort Corvette

WW2 - Atlantic Convoy at sea as seen from an escort Corvette
WW2 - Between Sunset and Darkness. Atlantic Convoy at sea as seen from an escort Corvette Date: 1941

Background imageDarkness Collection: A Picture of Claude Graham White, the First Englishman t?

A Picture of Claude Graham White, the First Englishman t?
A Picture of Claude Graham White, the First Englishman to Become a Pilot in 1909 and the First Englishman to Make a Night Flight During the Daily Mail London to Manchester Air Race in 1910

Background imageDarkness Collection: Wartime Railway Signals

Wartime Railway Signals
A photograph of some ominous wartime railway signals, leaping out of the darkness. Date: circa 1944

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Witches Sabbath or The Witches, 1797-1798, by Goya

The Witches Sabbath or The Witches, 1797-1798, by Goya
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Spanish painter. The Witches Sabbath or The Witches, 1797-1798. Lazaro Galdiano Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageDarkness Collection: Pipe Smoking Man

Pipe Smoking Man
A portrait photograph used for advertisement purposes, showing an older man smoking a pipe in the darkness. Date: circa 1939

Background imageDarkness Collection: Lady With Cherub

Lady With Cherub
A sketch depicting a lady gracefully floating, swathed in light, a cherub looks on in the foreground, shrouded in darkness. Date: circa 1901

Background imageDarkness Collection: Whitehall

Whitehall
An atmospheric painting of a street lamp, lighting a small area, which is otherwise shrouded in darkness, a figure can be seen standing outside a monument. Date: circa 1917

Background imageDarkness Collection: The House By The Church Candebec

The House By The Church Candebec
This artwork shows the figure of a man, shrouded in darkness, as he leans on a wall of house, partially lit in the evening, noted as being a building close to the Church Candebec. Date: circa 1916

Background imageDarkness Collection: Evening Town Scene

Evening Town Scene
A pastel painting of a warmly lit cluster of town buildings during the evening, with a gathering of people in the foreground darkness going about their business. Date: circa 1918

Background imageDarkness Collection: Cover design, Super Science Stories

Cover design, Super Science Stories, science fiction pulp magazine, November 1949 Date: 1949

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Taking of Christ. Painting ascribed to Gerard Seghers

The Taking of Christ. Painting ascribed to Gerard Seghers
Painting ascribed to Gerard Seghers (1591-1651). Flemish baroque painter. The Taking of Christ. San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Madrid. Spain. Date: 2019

Background imageDarkness Collection: Orient Steam Navigation Company Advertisement

Orient Steam Navigation Company Advertisement
An advertisement illustration for the Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, promoting luxurious travel to England from ports in Australia

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Blue Moth

The Blue Moth
A watercolour painting showing a lone standing figure on a plain setting, in the darkness, shrouded in a cloak which, curiously, forms the shape of a moth, hence the title. Date: circa 1917

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Flower Gatherers

The Flower Gatherers
An artwork showing two Indian flower gatherers, in the darkness of night. The standing figure is wearing a long blue garment over a red skirt. Date: circa 1930

Background imageDarkness Collection: Put out those dress shirts

Put out those dress shirts
Cartoon by Mel highlighting the risks run by gentlemen in immaculate eveningwear during the Blitz. Date: 1939

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Retreat from Long island. Washington superintending the transfer of troops across the East

The Retreat from Long island. Washington superintending the transfer of troops across the East River. Date: 1776

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Ross Arctic Expedition - the expeditions ships housed in for winter

The Ross Arctic Expedition - the expeditions ships housed in for winter. Engraving showing the darkness at midwinter, 21 December 1848. Date: 1849

Background imageDarkness Collection: Mastiff - Forefoot Prince of Darkness

Mastiff - Forefoot Prince of Darkness Date: 1977

Background imageDarkness Collection: Gas Stokers strike 1872

Gas Stokers strike 1872
Political disturbance in the industrial south-eastern districts of Victorian London involving Trade Unionists, striking to assert their rights

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Night follows, with sleep and restoring darkness... Date: 1913

The Night follows, with sleep and restoring darkness... Date: 1913

Background imageDarkness Collection: OPEN FOOTPLATE 1870

OPEN FOOTPLATE 1870
On the open footplate of a train at night - driver at the controls, stoker shovelling in coal, while their train hurtles into the darkness... Date: 1870

Background imageDarkness Collection: FALL / MASTIFF / 1977

FALL / MASTIFF / 1977
CHAMPION FOREFOOT PRINCE OF DARKNESS Owned by Cowe. Date: 1977

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Victoria Memorial on a foggy night

The Victoria Memorial on a foggy night - view from Buckingham Palace. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDarkness Collection: Statue of the god Set. Bronze and silver. Egypt. Carlsberg G

Statue of the god Set. Bronze and silver. Egypt. Carlsberg G
Set. God of the desert, storms, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion and also the god of darkness, and chaos. Statue. Bronze and silver. 19th and 20th Dynasty. C. 1300-1080 B.C. New Kingdom

Background imageDarkness Collection: UFO sighting at Hessdalen, Norway

UFO sighting at Hessdalen, Norway
In Norways long-drawn-out winter twilight, it is possible to photograph a UFO even in near-darkness, thus enabling its position to be estimated, and so its size and velocity

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Last Judgment, 1569, engraving by Martino Rota (c. 1520-1

The Last Judgment, 1569, engraving by Martino Rota (c. 1520-1
Martino Rota (c.1520-1583). Dalmatian artist. The Last Judgment, 1569. Engraving after a work of Michelangelo. Blanton Museum of Art. Austin. United States. Date: 20080731

Background imageDarkness Collection: Card and Backgammon. Fight over Cards, 1620-1630, by Theodoo

Card and Backgammon. Fight over Cards, 1620-1630, by Theodoo
Theodoor Rombouts (1597-1637). Flemish painter. Cards and Backgammon. Fight over Cards. 1620-1630. National Museum of Denmark. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageDarkness Collection: Friar Juan Sanchez Cotan (1560-1627). Spanish painter. Still

Friar Juan Sanchez Cotan (1560-1627). Spanish painter. Still
Baroque art. Seventeenth century. Friar Juan Sanchez Cotan (1560-1627). Spanish painter. Still Life with thistle and carrots. Fine Arts Museum. Granada. Andalusia. Spain

Background imageDarkness Collection: Tomb of Clitmenestra

Tomb of Clitmenestra
Mycenaen Art. Greece. Tomb of Clitmenestra. XIII century. Mycenae. Argo?lide province. Peloponnese region

Background imageDarkness Collection: Lunar Landscape Demisun

Lunar Landscape Demisun
A lunar landscape in half sunlight : the Earth in the distance is half in sunlight, half in darkness. Date: circa 1890

Background imageDarkness Collection: Barbed wire party freeze under enemy star shell, WW1

Barbed wire party freeze under enemy star shell, WW1
A detachment of British soldiers, busy setting up barbed wire defences freeze momentarily as the area is lit up by an enemy star-shell

Background imageDarkness Collection: WW2 Poster -- Malaria Strikes the Unprotected

WW2 Poster -- Malaria Strikes the Unprotected
Malaria Strikes the Unprotected, Darkness brings Danger, Be Prepared. Colour photolithograph poster published by the Times of India Press, Bombay, warning against malaria

Background imageDarkness Collection: German infra-red equipment by G. H. Davis

German infra-red equipment by G. H. Davis
Black light: the cats eye effect of the German infra-red telescopes and searchlights in darkness. How to see in the dark -- a German military secret paralleled by Allied inventions

Background imageDarkness Collection: Yarrow and Hedley Torpedo Steam Launch, 1875

Yarrow and Hedley Torpedo Steam Launch, 1875
Engraving of a torpedo steam launch built by Messrs. Yarrow and Hedley of Poplar, London, for the Argentinian Navy, February 1875

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Very Witching Time of Night, drawn by Thorpe

The Very Witching Time of Night, drawn by Thorpe
Man walking his dog along a dimly lit path at night, past a small cottage Date: 1928

Background imageDarkness Collection: Fragment of a Krater. Italy 30-20 BC. Marble. Artemis

Fragment of a Krater. Italy 30-20 BC. Marble. Artemis carries a torch as the Goddess of the Night and Darkness, and a quiver as the Goddess of the Hunt. Behind her is a pine tree

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Torch of Night

The Torch of Night
A woman flies through the air carrying a torch to light her way in the darkness. 1899



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