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Lays Gallery

Available as Framed Prints, Photos, Wall Art and Gift Items

Choose from 38 pictures in our Lays collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.


Walter Raleigh lays his cloak at Queen Elizabeth Is feet Featured Print

Walter Raleigh lays his cloak at Queen Elizabeth Is feet

Sir Walter Raleigh lays his cloak at Queen Elizabeth I's feet to prevent her from getting muddy feet. The fanciful, romantic tale of the cloak and the mud puddle probably originated with historian Thomas Fuller, known for his imaginative elaborations on historical fact. Later, Sir Walter Scott kept the myth alive in his 1821 Elizabethan romance, Kenilworth. "Hark ye, Master Raleigh, see thou fail not to wear thy muddy cloak," the queen exhorts Sir Walter, "in token of penitence, till our pleasure be further known." Sir Walter vows never to clean the cloak, and later the queen, delighted with his gallantry, invites him to visit the royal wardrobe keeper that he may be fitted for "a suit, and that of the newest cut." Date: 1581

© The Russell Butcher Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library

The Cable Ship Faraday in the mouth of the River Thames Featured Print

The Cable Ship Faraday in the mouth of the River Thames

The Cable Ship Faraday in the mouth of the River Thames. Built by Siemens Bros. in circa 1874 and spent 50 years laying cable. Eventually sold for scrap in 1924, however this proved too tricky, so was sold to the Anglo-Algiers Coaling Company and renamed Analcoal - stored coal in Gibraltar in 1931. Became a Royal Naval store ship in Sierra Leone in 1941 and was FINALLY scarped in South Wales in 1950. The word that springs to mind is "Durable" !!! Date: circa 1909

© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection

Baroness Burdett Coutts Featured Print

Baroness Burdett Coutts

Baroness Burdett Coutts. Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, Baroness Burdett-Coutts (21 April 1814 30 December 1906), born Angela Georgina Burdett, was a nineteenth-century philanthropist, the daughter of Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Baronet and the former Sophia Coutts, daughter of banker Thomas Coutts. In 1837 she became one of the wealthiest women in England when she inherited her grandfather's fortune of around 1.8 million pounds sterling. Part of Box 105 Boswell Collection. Date: circa 1900s

© The Boswell Collection, Bexley Heritage Trust / Mary Evans