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Festivities Collection

Background imageFestivities Collection: Christmas Eve - about 1460 by Pauline Baynes

Christmas Eve - about 1460 by Pauline Baynes
Christmas Eve, as celebrated in 1460 with children bringing in holly and the Yule Log to be lit on Christmas Day, and other joining in a last minute carol practice

Background imageFestivities Collection: The Festival of Reason, created by the French

The Festival of Reason, created by the French

Background imageFestivities Collection: King George V and Queen Mary at Devonshire House Ball

King George V and Queen Mary at Devonshire House Ball
A photograph taken at Devonshire House Historical Costume Ball held during the Diamond Jubilee festivities of 1897, of King George V (then Duke of York), dressed as George Clifford

Background imageFestivities Collection: Feasting in the Middle Ages by Pauline Baynes

Feasting in the Middle Ages by Pauline Baynes
A detailed scene depicting a medieval feast with a jester and performing monkeys entertaining diners while they are served exotic looking roast birds (heron and peacock). 1958

Background imageFestivities Collection: Christmas Day 100 years ago by H. L. Oakley

Christmas Day 100 years ago by H. L. Oakley
Charming silhouettes cut by H. L. Oakley depicting a traditional Victorian Christmas. The morning begins with a visit to church, followed by skating on a frozen pond

Background imageFestivities Collection: Maypole, Ickwell, Beds

Maypole, Ickwell, Beds
The children of Ickwell, Bedfordshire continue the English tradition of Maypole dancing on the village green as part of their May Day festivities

Background imageFestivities Collection: Maypole Dancing, Ickwell

Maypole Dancing, Ickwell
The children of Ickwell, Bedfordshire continue the English tradition of Maypole dancing on the village green as part of their May Day festivities

Background imageFestivities Collection: Victoria Palace Theatre playbill

Victoria Palace Theatre playbill
Front and back page of a promotional booklet for the Victoria Palace Theatre, London for the week commencing December 19th, 1927

Background imageFestivities Collection: The Viceroys House at New Delhi, India

The Viceroys House at New Delhi, India
A worthy setting for the King-Emperors representative in India, the centre of the coming inaugural festivities - the viceroys house at New Delhi designed by Edwin Lutyens

Background imageFestivities Collection: Christmas card in the shape of a house

Christmas card in the shape of a house, open to reveal the matchstick people inside, celebrating the festive season. (2 of 2) Date: circa 1890s

Background imageFestivities Collection: May Day Tractor

May Day Tractor
Traditional May Day festivities at Ickwell, Bedfordshire, England. Here, the May Queen arrives on the village green in luxury - by tractor! Date: 1950s

Background imageFestivities Collection: Stalls for the Muled en-Nabi festivity in Cairo, Egypt

Stalls for the Muled en-Nabi festivity in Cairo, Egypt
Decorated stalls for the Muled en-Nabi festivity in Cairo, Egypt. Mawlid (or muled in Egyptian Arabic) is the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad but in some countries the term

Background imageFestivities Collection: Coronation Delhi Durbar - Bahawalpur Camp Entrance

Coronation Delhi Durbar - Bahawalpur Camp Entrance. Temporary (!) Camp for His Highness The Nawab of the Gods Granted Kingdom of Bahawalpur

Background imageFestivities Collection: Royal Festivities in the Plaza Mayor, 1623. Detail

Royal Festivities in the Plaza Mayor, 1623. Detail
Ascribed to Juan de la Corte (circa 1585-1662). Baroque painter. Royal Festivities in the Plaza Mayor, 1623. Detail. History Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageFestivities Collection: Festivities in the Plaza Mayor, c. 1630, by Juan de la Corte

Festivities in the Plaza Mayor, c. 1630, by Juan de la Corte
Juan de la Corte (circa 1585-1662). Baroque painter. Festivities in the Plaza Mayor, circa 1630. Detail. History Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageFestivities Collection: The Gilles 

The Gilles are the oldest and principal participants in the Carnival of Binche in Belgium. They go out on Shrove Tuesday from 4 am until late hours and dance to traditional songs

Background imageFestivities Collection: Christmas Festivities for Children at The Savoy Hotel, Londo

Christmas Festivities for Children at The Savoy Hotel, Londo
Christmas Festivities for the Children at The Savoy Hotel, London Date: 1911

Background imageFestivities Collection: Photograph taken from the roof-tops of South Africa Capital, Cape Town

Photograph taken from the roof-tops of South Africa Capital, Cape Town. Jubilee procession passing the streets with flags fluttering between the telegraph wires. Date: 22nd June 1897

Background imageFestivities Collection: Adderley Street, crowds gather to watch thoroughfare going past

Adderley Street, crowds gather to watch thoroughfare going past, with British Union Jack flying proudly from the buildings. Date: 22nd June 1897

Background imageFestivities Collection: Watching a firework display to celebrate the Franco-Russian festivities

Watching a firework display to celebrate the Franco-Russian festivities, from the summit of the Tower Date: 1893

Background imageFestivities Collection: Royal Marriage Festivities at Christchurch, New Zealand (Marriage of Edward

Royal Marriage Festivities at Christchurch, New Zealand (Marriage of Edward, Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra of Denmark). Date: 1863

Background imageFestivities Collection: Christmas Day at the North Eastern Hospital 1904

Christmas Day at the North Eastern Hospital 1904
Christmas Day in a childrens Goldsmiths Ward in North Eastern Hospital in Hackney Road, London. Showing a huge Christmas tree in the ward, decorated with stockings, crackers, dolls

Background imageFestivities Collection: Christmas Festivities at the North Eastern Hospital 1905

Christmas Festivities at the North Eastern Hospital 1905
Infants at the Goldsmiths Ward in North Eastern Hospital in Hackney Road, London. Showing a huge Christmas tree in the ward, decorated with crackers, dolls, beads and a angel topper

Background imageFestivities Collection: Festivities at Beeston Castle, 1851

Festivities at Beeston Castle, 1851
Festival at Beeston Castle, Cheshire, in aid of the widows and orphans of the Peckforton district of the Independent Order of Oddfellows. Date: 1851

Background imageFestivities Collection: 1st of May - May Day

1st of May - May Day
A Happy Trio. Enjoying the May Day festivities. Artist: Sydney Carter. Date: circa 1905

Background imageFestivities Collection: Childrens Christmas party 1847

Childrens Christmas party 1847
Little ones in high glee, the room decorated with holly and brilliantly lighted with candles. Neighbouring children come to celebrate the Christmas season

Background imageFestivities Collection: The Sphere Christmas number cover by Pauline Baynes

The Sphere Christmas number cover by Pauline Baynes
Uninvited spectators at the Christmas revels. An early Victorian party scene specially painted for The Sphere by Pauline Baynes, better known as the illustrator of C.S. Lewiss Chronicles of Narnia

Background imageFestivities Collection: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
A jolly gentleman encouraging you to drink and be merry! Date: 1845

Background imageFestivities Collection: Kern Baby 1902

Kern Baby 1902
One of the customs of the festival of Ceres, observed in the northern part of Northumberland at the close of the reaping not the ingathering

Background imageFestivities Collection: ITALIAN CARNIVAL / 1939

ITALIAN CARNIVAL / 1939
A procession at the Viareggio carnival, with giants, clowns and thousands of people all enjoying the festivities. Date: 1939

Background imageFestivities Collection: Christmas shopping, 1884

Christmas shopping, 1884
Shopping for the Christmas festivities at Leadenhall Market, London. Date: 1884

Background imageFestivities Collection: Happy New Year - Jolly German Girl seeing in the New Year

Happy New Year - Jolly German Girl seeing in the New Year by raising a glass as the clock hands pass midnight. Date: circa 1908

Background imageFestivities Collection: Malaspina expedition (1789-1794). Tonga islands

Malaspina expedition (1789-1794). Tonga islands. Native men dancing. Drawing by Juan Ravenet. Drawing. SPAIN. MADRID (AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY). Madrid. Navy Museum

Background imageFestivities Collection: Ball at Harewood House, 1845

Ball at Harewood House, 1845
The Nobilitys Ball in the Banqueting Room at Harewood House, near Leeds, West Yorkshire. Date: 1845

Background imageFestivities Collection: Euphrosyne, Thalia and Aglaea, the three graces

Euphrosyne, Thalia and Aglaea, the three graces.. Handcolored copperplate engraving engraved by Jacques Louis Constant Lacerf after illustrations by Leonard Defraine from Mythology in Prints

Background imageFestivities Collection: Christmas Feasting in reign of Henry VIII

Christmas Feasting in reign of Henry VIII
A Christmas banquet in the 16th century during the reign of King Henry VIII. The servers carry huge napkins over their shoulders and are marshalled in by the deputy steward

Background imageFestivities Collection: Christmas Feasting in reign of Henry VI

Christmas Feasting in reign of Henry VI
The arrival of the peacock in a baronial hall in the days of Henry VI, with the customary procession ushering in the feasts centrepiece

Background imageFestivities Collection: Portugal. Lisbon. Lighting of the town hall. Engraving. Colo

Portugal. Lisbon. Lighting of the town hall. Engraving. Colo
Portugal. Lisbon. Lighting of the town hall for a night of festivities. Engraving by Rico. The Spanish and American Illustration, 1886. Colored

Background imageFestivities Collection: The May Queen

The May Queens headdress being adjusted prior to the festivities by ladies in waiting. Date: circa 1904

Background imageFestivities Collection: Come lassies & lads

Come lassies & lads
Come lassies and lads a traditional dance at the May Queen festivities. Date: circa 1904

Background imageFestivities Collection: Valletta, Malta - Festival - Ship float - Knights of Malta

Valletta, Malta - Festival - Ship float - Knights of Malta. Note the British sailor on the left. Date: 1923

Background imageFestivities Collection: Spooky Santas

Spooky Santas
A strangly spooky consignment of toy Father Christmas dolls, apparently having just arrived at a London wholesale depot ready for the festivities. Date: 1930s

Background imageFestivities Collection: And So Home - By Christmas Moonlight in the Sketch

And So Home - By Christmas Moonlight in the Sketch
Colour photograph of And So Home - By Christmas Moonlight, from the picture by Lendon, published in the Sketch of 26th December 1928. Date: 26th December 1928

Background imageFestivities Collection: Participants in a first-rate prancing party - Ardenrun House

Participants in a first-rate prancing party - Ardenrun House
Participants in a first-rate prancing party at Ardenrun House, Surrey, held to celebrate he British victory in the Grand Prix d Endurance (June, 1929)

Background imageFestivities Collection: Cartoon, There will be a party, WW1

Cartoon, There will be a party, WW1
Cartoon, There will be a party! A woman prepares for the Christmas festivities, with a picture of her absent soldier husband at the centre of the fireplace display. Date: 1915

Background imageFestivities Collection: WW1 - Christmas Day dinner, British Camp, Salonika

WW1 - Christmas Day dinner, British Camp, Salonika
WW1 - Christmas Day dinner and the carving of the turkey scene in an officers mess at a British Army Camp in Salonika (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Background imageFestivities Collection: Street Festivities, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

Street Festivities, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire
Street Festivities, Moreton in Marsh, near Chipping Norton, Gloucestershire, England. Date: 1900s

Background imageFestivities Collection: ALLARD L OLIVIER, Fernand (1883-1933). Colonial

ALLARD L OLIVIER, Fernand (1883-1933). Colonial Africa. Belgian Congo (1908-1960). Kabinda village orchestra. 1926. Watercolour



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