View of the luxurious reading room onboard the Titanic
A view of one of the many luxurious interior features of the Titanic; the reading and writing room. First class passengers travelled in style onboard the Titanic, having free use of the gym, the Parisian caf and the swimming pool. Built by the shipyard Harland and Wolff for White Star Lines, the liner was almost identical to her sister ship, 'Olympic' and was a rival to Cunard's 'Lusitania' and 'Mauretania'. On her maiden voyage across the Atlantic, the Titanic struck an iceberg on 15th April 1912 and sank with the loss of 1503 lives"
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Balthasar Nebot - Gardens of Hartwell House, Aylesbury - 2/8
One of a series of eight paintings by Balthasar Nebot (active 1729-1765) showing the spectacular garden landscape of Hartwell House, just outside Aylesbury, in 1738. Topiary has been used to great effect in order to create dramatic architectural forms. The central avenue leads up to the column with the William III statue, the right-hand one reveals a bust of John Hampden, and the left-hand leads to the menagerie. To the left can be seen part of the front of the house with an angel above the window. The formal green architecture of topiary hedges, with classical stone temples and statues of gods and goddesses, was balanced by informal views towards the town. Sir Thomas Lee (1687-1749) of Hartwell commissioned the painting from Nebot, a little-known Spanish painter, based in Covent Garden. They provide a unique record of a country estate and garden landscape at this time. The people of Hartwell family, visitors, household and estate staff and, especially the gardeners are also portrayed in great detail.
© The Bucks County Museum Art Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library
Saint Marys Almshouses - Chichester, Sussex
Saint Marys Almshouses - Chichester, Sussex, St Mary's Hospital in St Martin's Square, Chichester is one of the oldest almshouses in the country and it is still in use today, providing housing for many elderly folk. The almshouses consist of a long, low, two storey building with a tiled gabled roof. The building is made up of painted brick and features an original stone doorway.
© The Roseries Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library