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Irony Collection

Background imageIrony Collection: Jean-Paul Sartre, French writer and philosopher

Jean-Paul Sartre, French writer and philosopher
A graffiti comment on Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), the French writer and philosopher -- no doubt a witty reference to his existentialist philosophy

Background imageIrony Collection: Los Caprichos by Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

Los Caprichos by Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)
Francisco de Goya (1746-1828). Spanish painter and printmaker. Los Caprichos. Lo que puede un sastre! (What can a tailor!). Number 52. Aquatint. 1799. Reproduction by M. Segui i Riera

Background imageIrony Collection: Socrates (c 469399 BC). Classical Greek Athenian philosophe

Socrates (c 469399 BC). Classical Greek Athenian philosophe
Socrates (c.469-399 BC). Classical Greek Athenian philosopher. Bust. Found at Piazza Venezia. 1st. century. Pentelic marble. Palazzo Massimo. National Roman Museum. Rome. Italy

Background imageIrony Collection: Goya (1746-1828). Spanish painter and printmaker. Los Capric

Goya (1746-1828). Spanish painter and printmaker. Los Capric
Francisco de Goya (1746-1828). Spanish painter and printmaker. Los Caprichos. Donde va mama? (Where are you going mum?). Number 65. Aquatint. 1799. Plate 43. Reproduction by M. Segui i Riera

Background imageIrony Collection: RMS Titanic - letter to James Moody's sister

RMS Titanic - letter to James Moody's sister
RMS Titanic - highly significant and historically important letter to Sixth Officer James Moody's sister. Dated 7 May 1912

Background imageIrony Collection: Socrates (c 469399 BC). Classical Greek Athenian philosophe

Socrates (c 469399 BC). Classical Greek Athenian philosophe
Socrates (c.469-399 BC). Classical Greek Athenian philosopher. Socrates in prison before being sentenced to death. Colored engraving

Background imageIrony Collection: Cartoon - Comfortable Lodgings

Cartoon - Comfortable Lodgings, an ironic depiction. 19th century

Background imageIrony Collection: WW1 - Cartoon - Jolly trench warfare

WW1 - Cartoon - Jolly trench warfare
WW1 - " The Incorrigibles" - A dark humoured cartoon illustrating trench warefare with irony. Two soldiers meeting in the trenches

Background imageIrony Collection: Cartoon, Chatterton at the Princesss Theatre

Cartoon, Chatterton at the Princesss Theatre
Cartoon, Frederick Balsir Chatterton (1834-1886), theatre manager --We wish Chatterton every success at the Princess s. The irony is that the Chatterton on the sandwich board refers to a performance

Background imageIrony Collection: French Revolution (1789-1799). That will not last forever. S

French Revolution (1789-1799). That will not last forever. Satirical engraving where ironically on the situation of the First and Third States. 18th century. Colored

Background imageIrony Collection: Old man in shabby suit

Old man in shabby suit
An old man in a shabby suit leans (perhaps unwittingly) against an advertisement for Burton tailoring: Let Burton Dress You

Background imageIrony Collection: Howitzer shell, Iron Ration, WW1

Howitzer shell, Iron Ration, WW1
A 15 inch Howitzer shell on the ground, during the First World War, with the ironic words Iron Ration painted on it. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageIrony Collection: Victorian scrap - Salvation Army pipe smoker

Victorian scrap - Salvation Army pipe smoker. late 19th century

Background imageIrony Collection: Head of greek philosopher Socrates

Head of greek philosopher Socrates
Socrates (469-399 BC). Greek philosopher. Head. Roman copy of an original of 320 BC. Glyptothek Museum. Munich. Germany

Background imageIrony Collection: Caricature of A W Pinero, actor and playwright

Caricature of A W Pinero, actor and playwright
Caricature of Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), English actor, playwright and stage director. Seen here outside the Globe Theatre, London, where an adaptation of Thomas Hardys novel

Background imageIrony Collection: Goblins with a pink flamingo on a Christmas card

Goblins with a pink flamingo on a Christmas card
Goblins dragging a reluctant pink flamingo through the snow on a Christmas card. Perhaps all the shops had sold out of turkeys. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageIrony Collection: Goblins with a turkey on a Christmas card

Goblins with a turkey on a Christmas card
Goblins dragging a live turkey along with ropes on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageIrony Collection: Three turkeys on a Christmas card

Three turkeys on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageIrony Collection: The hunters sleep, Les Images en Musique

The hunters sleep, Les Images en Musique
A hunter sleeps while rabbits dance round him in a ring, illustration in Les Images en Musique, with illustrations by Benjamin Rabier and easy pieces for piano by Jane Vieu. Date: 1908

Background imageIrony Collection: WW1 - Germans in Poland

WW1 - Germans in Poland
WW1 - Illustrating the reality and irony behind German intentions as they arrive in Poland. The Germans " words and deeds", as seen in the poster displayed by the Kaiser

Background imageIrony Collection: Cartoon, When I am tired of business worries

Cartoon, When I am tired of business worries
Cartoon showing a man with his fishing line caught up on a plant -- When I am tired of business worries I usually go fishing. Date: 1914

Background imageIrony Collection: Seaside scene, Saucy Sue

Seaside scene, Saucy Sue, showing a far from saucy woman in masculine-style clothes, sitting on a beach reading a book on Ethics, while children play in the sea in the background. Date: July 1914

Background imageIrony Collection: India - Christian Convert and a Pariah

India - Christian Convert and a Pariah
A man from the low pariah class of Southern India converted (to English life) wearing a suit, alongside an unconverted man from the same caste - both remain outsiders to Indian society

Background imageIrony Collection: Very un-stuck-up woman, stuck-up with sticking plasters

Very un-stuck-up woman, stuck-up with sticking plasters
" Gracious me. But, ain t you the stuck up thing!" Very un-stuck-up American woman, stuck-up with sticking plasters Date: 1908

Background imageIrony Collection: WW2 - Comic Postcard - Where to put Cookery Books?

WW2 - Comic Postcard - Where to put Cookery Books?
WW2 Rationing - Humour - Where shall we put the old-time Cookery Books? Fiction or Humour ?! Date: circa 1944

Background imageIrony Collection: WWI - French drive the Prussians back into the Marne

WWI - French drive the Prussians back into the Marne
WWI - The failure of the Turkish Krupp cannon against the French Creussot cannon - French propaganda postcard, so this need be taken with a moderate dosage of salt... Date: 1914

Background imageIrony Collection: Ragged British Family Carol Singing - Christmas

Ragged British Family Carol Singing - Christmas - this card bears the title: " I still work for the same firm - Wife and four kids" !! Date: circa 1910s

Background imageIrony Collection: Irony of a sweet child wearing an HMS Furious cap

Irony of a sweet child wearing an HMS Furious cap
HMS Furious - somewhat ironic picture showing an old soldier and the least likely ilor of the HMS Furious, a sweet little child in a sailor suit. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageIrony Collection: Scruffy Street Tough advertising The Ladies Idol

Scruffy Street Tough advertising The Ladies Idol
Humorous ironic cartoon by Phil May, depicting a scruffy, unattractive street tough advertising The Ladies Idol at The Vaudeville Theatre. Date: 1895

Background imageIrony Collection: Very tatty sandwichboard man advertises smart Gents suits

Very tatty sandwichboard man advertises smart Gents suits
Visual irony of a very tatty sandwich board man advertising a Gentleman Tailor and his smart suits, retailing for 12/6. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageIrony 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 imageIrony Collection: Old Man with pair of wooden legs advertising corn plasters

Old Man with pair of wooden legs advertising corn plasters
Very black humour - An Old Man with a pair of prosthetic false legs advertising corn plasters! Date: 1895

Background imageIrony Collection: Irony - fat Londoner begs for money for his starving family

Irony - fat Londoner begs for money for his starving family
A rather fat Londoner begs for " a copper" for his " starving wife and family at ome" fom a smart gent (Phil May himself - clearly seeing the ludicrous side of the request!)

Background imageIrony Collection: Poor street magazine seller and child

Poor street magazine seller and child
A poor ragged woman with a very beaten-up face pictured ironically selling the magazine Larks on the street whilst clutching her infant child Date: circ 1898

Background imageIrony Collection: Two ragged street women disgust respectability

Two ragged street women disgust respectability
In the Bars and Streets. Cartoon drawing by Phil May depicting two poor ragged street women disgusting another who they describe, with no hint of the obvious irony, as " not respectable"

Background imageIrony Collection: Popular song Goodbye Dolly

Popular song Goodbye Dolly
A woman in despair over her drowning soldier husband who whilst rowing broke an oar and fell into the water. Realising his fate he bids fond farewell to his wife, Dolly

Background imageIrony Collection: LCC-LFB Serious fire at Prudential building, Holborn

LCC-LFB Serious fire at Prudential building, Holborn
Two firefighters view the fire poster at the Prudential Assurance Company building in High Holborn WC1, shortly after extinguishing a major fire there

Background imageIrony Collection: Shadow drawing. C. H. Bennett, A Native

Shadow drawing. C. H. Bennett, A Native
A Native of these islands. This scruffy, dirty looking but contented old character is apparently a stranger to soap and water, which is ironic as he casts the perfect shadow of a wash basin and jug



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