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Background imageFocus Collection: Jessie Matthews / Wilding

Jessie Matthews / Wilding
JESSIE MATTHEWS British singer and dancer of stage and screen

Background imageFocus Collection: Main St. Rathmullan

Main St. Rathmullan - a street scene with the focus being the Rathmullan Arms hotel. There are two males on the right of the picture. (Location: Republic of Ireland: County Donegal: Rathmullan)

Background imageFocus Collection: Israel. Jerusalem. Via Dolorosa with the Arch of Ecce Homo

Israel. Jerusalem. Via Dolorosa with the Arch of Ecce Homo
Israel. Jerusalem. Via Dolorosa. Street of Old City, which traditionally Jesus walked carrying the cross, way to his crucifixion. Arch of Ecce Homo. 2nd Station

Background imageFocus Collection: The Goal in Sight - Two Scotsmen fired up in race for Scotch

The Goal in Sight - Two Scotsmen fired up in race for Scotch
The Goal in Sight - Two Scotsmen fired up in a race for the First Prize of a bottle of Scotch Whisky! Date: 1916

Background imageFocus Collection: Map of Sicily by G. H. Davis

Map of Sicily by G. H. Davis
A contour map of Sicily, giving the shortest air distances from Cape Bon and Malta. At this stage in the Second World War it was a British front-line objective in Axis eyes

Background imageFocus Collection: Ejmd Plunkett / Dunsany

Ejmd Plunkett / Dunsany
EDWARD JOHN MORETON DRAX PLUNKETT, 18th BARON OF DUNSANY, LORD DUNSANY Irish writer Date: 1878 - 1957

Background imageFocus Collection: Hatcher Levitates

Hatcher Levitates
A F Hatcher, about whom little is known, levitates at a seance, holding a luminous tambourine enabling photographer Harold T Brown to focus his Kodak correctly

Background imageFocus Collection: WW2 Birthday Card, Initials

WW2 Birthday Card, Initials
A WW2 birthday greetings card with a focus on initials, some of which represent wartime services including the Royal Air Force, Auxiliary territorial service, National Fire Service

Background imageFocus Collection: Fashionable Event

Fashionable Event
An illustration which shows a number of people attending a fashionable event, the main focus is drawn on the central lady looking purposefully over her shoulder. Date: circa 1939

Background imageFocus Collection: Manifestation

Manifestation
A busy illustration which shows a large array of men in uniform, bustling over the main focus point, two young ladies wearing bright red and yellow dresses. Date: circa 1901

Background imageFocus Collection: The Dreamer

The Dreamer
A portrait painting of a young figure, with short black hair, seated, holding her little finger to her mouth. Her eyes are staring without a direct focus, in a day dream. Date: 1879

Background imageFocus Collection: The Black Mask

The Black Mask
This painting portrays a group of performers, wearing colourful clothes, including a man in a harlequin outfit, the main focus is the central woman, with a black mask. Date: circa 1919

Background imageFocus Collection: A Visitors Impression Of A London Street

A Visitors Impression Of A London Street
A colourful painting of a bustling London street, with the main focus being a crammed open top red bus, with an advertisement of soap on the side. Date: circa 1917

Background imageFocus Collection: The Shepherd And His Flock

The Shepherd And His Flock
A landscape painting of a broad grasslands trailing all the way to some distant mountains, with a main focus on a shepherd, holding his crook, wearing a hooded blue robe, standing amongst his flock

Background imageFocus Collection: Rowley Hall Vestibule

Rowley Hall Vestibule
An illustration showing the round vestibule chamber of Rowley Hall, Staffordshire. The design is typical of the Louis XVI period

Background imageFocus Collection: Blue Chaise Longe

Blue Chaise Longe
Oil painting of a grand interior. The variations of light in a fine interior have attracted artists and tested their skill since the Interior genre was invented by the Dutch painters in

Background imageFocus Collection: Hanging Man

Hanging Man
An ominous Pastel artwork of a dark and gloomy landscape, the focus is drawn to the lone figure of a man left to hang. Date: circa 1929

Background imageFocus Collection: Elizabeth Amsden, soprano (1881-1966), studio portrait in soft focus

Elizabeth Amsden, soprano (1881-1966), studio portrait in soft focus. Captioned, A Beecham Primadonna, with description, Miss Elizabeth Amsden (Toinette In "Le Chemineau" At Covent Garden)

Background imageFocus Collection: A young woman poses in the foreground with an out of focus male standing behind. Date: mid 1960s

A young woman poses in the foreground with an out of focus male standing behind. Date: mid 1960s

Background imageFocus Collection: RANAVALONA III

RANAVALONA III After the French conquest of her island, she becomes the focus of nationalist feelings and the French send her into exile where she dies. Date: 1862 - 1917

Background imageFocus Collection: Cartoon, Miss Britannias Next New Doll (Shah of Persia)

Cartoon, Miss Britannias Next New Doll (Shah of Persia)
Cartoon, Miss Britannias Next New Doll -- a satirical comment on the popularity of the Shah of Persia, at the time making a tour of the European continent

Background imageFocus Collection: Diagrams showing air fighting techniques 1939

Diagrams showing air fighting techniques 1939
Set of diagrams detailing the techniques of fighter planes, taking into account their increased speed. Clatworthy shows the advantages of " dive

Background imageFocus Collection: The Engraver by Jost Amman

The Engraver by Jost Amman. 1568

Background imageFocus Collection: American pinup in a hat

American pinup in a hat. Date: circa 1920

Background imageFocus Collection: Street photographer outside the Palace of Winds, Jaipur

Street photographer outside the Palace of Winds, Jaipur
A street photographer working outside the Palace of Winds in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. He used an old camera and developed the pictures in a bucket under a black sheet Date: 1984

Background imageFocus Collection: Portrait photograph by Willi Pollak of Mizzi Langalka (?)

Portrait photograph by Willi Pollak of Mizzi Langalka (?) taken in Vienna Austria in eptember 1933. Date: 1933

Background imageFocus Collection: Algeria - A Moor

Algeria - A Moor Date: circa 1907

Background imageFocus Collection: Sporty French Tennis Girl prepares to serve

Sporty French Tennis Girl prepares to serve. One hopes that her choice of woollen top, tie and thick bonnet does not cause her to overheat by the second set...! Date: 1920

Background imageFocus Collection: Israel. Jerusalem. Via Dolorosa

Israel. Jerusalem. Via Dolorosa. Street of Old City, which traditionally Jesus walked carrying the cross, way to his crucifixion

Background imageFocus Collection: Ufos / Moreno Ranch

Ufos / Moreno Ranch
An isolated ranch at Trancas, Tucuman, is the focus of UFO activity, seemingly hostile : other witnesses testified to six discs, illuminating the ground with their searchlights Date: 21 October 1963

Background imageFocus Collection: Italy. Rome. Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Interior

Italy. Rome. Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Interior
Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Interior, rebuilt by Francesco Borromini (1599-1667). 1646-1649. Papal Altar with a reliquary with the heads of Saints Peter and Paul. The canopy are gothic. Rome

Background imageFocus Collection: Brigitte Helm

Brigitte Helm (Gisele Eve Schittenhelm) (1906 - 1996), German film actress of the 1920s

Background imageFocus Collection: Cartoon, Giving him his place in the sun, WW1

Cartoon, Giving him his place in the sun, WW1
Cartoon, Giving him his place in the sun, showing British, French, Belgian, Russian and Japanese allies working together with a giant magnifying glass to set fire to Kaiser Wilhelms jacket

Background imageFocus Collection: Andrew Besley, photographer, Lands End, Cornwall

Andrew Besley, photographer, Lands End, Cornwall
Andrew Besley, photographer, in action with a Linhof 5x4 camera on a tripod at Lands End, Cornwall. circa 1960s

Background imageFocus Collection: Andrew Besley, photographer, Cornwall

Andrew Besley, photographer, Cornwall
Andrew Besley, photographer, in action with a Pentax 6x7 camera in Cornwall. circa 1960s

Background imageFocus Collection: Christmas card in the shape of a pair of binoculars

Christmas card in the shape of a pair of binoculars or opera glasses. (2 of 2) Date: circa 1890s

Background imageFocus Collection: Greetings card in the shape of a pair of binoculars

Greetings card in the shape of a pair of binoculars, with three humanised birds playing snooker in the foreground. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageFocus Collection: New Year card in the shape of a pair of binoculars

New Year card in the shape of a pair of binoculars or opera glasses. circa 1890s

Background imageFocus Collection: Man photographing lioness

Man photographing lioness. circa 1960s

Background imageFocus Collection: Israel. Jerusalem. Cathedral of Saint James, 12th century, h

Israel. Jerusalem. Cathedral of Saint James, 12th century, headquarters of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Armenian Quarter. Exterior

Background imageFocus Collection: National Gallery of Arts. Interior. Tirana

National Gallery of Arts. Interior. Tirana
Albania. Tirana. National Gallery of Arts. Interior

Background imageFocus Collection: Italy. Rome. Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere. Interior

Italy. Rome. Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere. Interior with the apse, in the background, with a mosaic of the Coronation of the Virgin, 12th century

Background imageFocus Collection: Aachen Cathedral. Palatine Chapel. Interior

Aachen Cathedral. Palatine Chapel. Interior with main altar, know Pala d Oro (1000) and Shrine of the Virgin Mary (1238). Germany

Background imageFocus Collection: Mary Fraser

Mary Fraser, actress Date: early 20th century

Background imageFocus Collection: Young woman holding a football

Young woman holding a football. Date: circa 1908

Background imageFocus Collection: Cottongrass sp. - a very typical plant in marshes of tundra

Cottongrass sp. - a very typical plant in marshes of tundra (Eriophorum sp.). near Dikson, Russian Arctic. Summer, August

Background imageFocus Collection: Cottongrass sp. a very typical plant in marshes

Cottongrass sp. a very typical plant in marshes of tundra near Dikson (Eriophorum sp.). Russian Arctic. Summer, August

Background imageFocus Collection: Greek boy scouts on HMS Devonshire in Egypt

Greek boy scouts on HMS Devonshire in Egypt
A party of Greek boy scouts on board HMS Devonshire at Alexandria, Egypt, on 2 October 1957. They are interested in the Gyro Compass Repeater used in the steering of the ship. Date: 1957



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