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Spectacle Collection

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Advertisement for Son et Lumiere, Sion, Switzerland

Advertisement for Son et Lumiere, Sion, Switzerland
Advertisement for a Son et Lumiere festival at Sion, Valais, Switzerland. circa 1960

Background imageSpectacle Collection: New Year fireworks, Funchal harbour, Madeira, Portugal

New Year fireworks, Funchal harbour, Madeira, Portugal
An impressive firework display at Funchal harbour, Madeira, celebrating the arrival of the New Year

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Dewars advertisement

Dewars advertisement
This advertisement for Dewars " White Label" Scotch whiskey encourages viewers to celebrate the Coronation with " the finest drink in the world"

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Captain Berrys dachshunds in the park

Captain Berrys dachshunds in the park
A large number of dachshunds, one of them a rough coated specimen, are taken for a walk in the park. They belong to a Captain Berry of Queens Gate Terrace, South Kensington, London

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Coronation Coach

The Coronation Coach
The State coach, weighing 4 tonnes, which first appeared on the streets of London at an opening of Parliament by George III has been used at every Royal coronation since that of George IV

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765). Musical party given by Ca

Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765). Musical party given by Ca
Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765). Italian painter. Musical party given by Cardinal De La Rochefoucauld at the Argentina Theatre in Rome in 1747. Museum of Louvre. Paris. France

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Queen arrives in Westminster Abbey (Coronation 1953)

The Queen arrives in Westminster Abbey (Coronation 1953)
Accompanied by the Bishops of Bath and Wells and Durham, Queen Elizabeth II moves up Westminster Abbey, passing the throne. Date: 1953

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Mr. Sadlers Ascent from Merton Fields, Oxford

Mr. Sadlers Ascent from Merton Fields, Oxford
James Sadlers ascent from Merton Fields, Oxford on 7th July 1810. Sadler became the first Englishman to ascend in a balloon (the first English Aeronaut) on 4th October 1784 from Christ Church Meadow

Background imageSpectacle Collection: International Air Rally Poster 1937

International Air Rally Poster 1937
Poster, High Speed Thrills! International Air Rally, Lympne, 28-29 August. Spectacular RAF Hendon Acrobatics, Racing, Live Parachuting, Foreign Aces. Organised by the Cinque Ports Flying Club. 1937

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Their Majesties Court by Sir John Lavery

Their Majesties Court by Sir John Lavery
Reproduction of a painting by Sir John Lavery in The Sphere, of a painting which is now lost showing the scene of dazzling splendour in the ball room at Buckingham Palace during a court presentation

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Illustrated London News Silver Jubilee Number 1935

Illustrated London News Silver Jubilee Number 1935
Front cover of The Illustrated London News conjuring up the pomp and pageantry of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of King George V with a parade of liveried riders

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Coronation Procession, Queen Elizabeth II

Coronation Procession, Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II arriving in the gold state coach at Westminster Abbey for her Coronation on 2 June 1953. The coach and liveried footmen

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Royal Wedding 1947 - crowd in Trafalgar Square

Royal Wedding 1947 - crowd in Trafalgar Square
A section of the vast crowd which assembled in London to greet Princess Elizabeth and her bridegroom, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Royal Wedding 1947 - bridal procession

Royal Wedding 1947 - bridal procession
The Irish Coach containing Princess Elizabeth and her father, King George VI, swings into Trafalgar Square on its way to Westminster Abbey for the marriage of the Princess to Lieutenant Philip

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Coronation 1953 - Procession of Queen Mother

Coronation 1953 - Procession of Queen Mother
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother passes along the nave of Westminster Abbey en route from the Annexe for the Coronation of her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Royal wedding 1981

Royal wedding 1981
Aerial view showing Lady Diana Spencer, on the arm of her father, Earl Spencer, enters St Pauls Cathedral on wedding day to Prince Charles on 29 July 1981. Behind her follow her five bridesmaids

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Aldershot Tattoo - The Grand Finale

The Aldershot Tattoo - The Grand Finale! Date: 1939

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The New Standard Theatre, 1845

The New Standard Theatre, 1845
The New Standard Theatre in Shoreditch, London, showing an equestrian spectacle taking place on stage in 1845, the year that the theatre first opened

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Coronation 1937 - procession after ceremony

Coronation 1937 - procession after ceremony
First sight of King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth after they had left Westminster Abbey for the processional drive back to Buckingham Palace

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Members of the Royal Family at Covent Garden

Members of the Royal Family at Covent Garden
A gala opera performance at Covent Garden is attended by the Queen and the President of Portugal (in the centre). To the left is the Queen Mother and behind her are Sir Anthony and Lady Eden

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Aurora at Bossekop

Aurora at Bossekop
Dramatic spectacle of the Aurora Borealis seen from Bossekop, Finmark (Norway) Date: 19 January 1839

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Kiralfys grand spectacle of Paradise lost

Kiralfys grand spectacle of Paradise lost. Includes portraits of Julia Seaman, Kiralfy Brothers, and others. Date c1873

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Tower Bridge 1940S

Tower Bridge 1940S
Excited children and their families watching the spectacle of the famous bascule bridge as it opens

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Plunging elephants at the London Hippodrome

Plunging elephants at the London Hippodrome
Elephants plunging into the tank at the London Hippodrome, the climactic scene at the London Hippodrome during their Christmas production for 1903-4 The Golden Princess and the Elephant Hunters

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Adrien Joly and Petit Veldeman in La Biche au Bois, 1845

Adrien Joly and Petit Veldeman in La Biche au Bois, 1845
Adrien Joly as a demon and Petit Veldeman as Coureur in the Cogniard brothers La Biche au Bois, Theatre de la Porte St. Martin, 1845

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Palazzo Pazzi (Palazzo della Congiura or Palazzo Pazzi-Quaratesi

The Palazzo Pazzi (Palazzo della Congiura or Palazzo Pazzi-Quaratesi) - a Renaissance-style palace in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The British Royal Familys Golden State Coach

The British Royal Familys Golden State Coach, used for royal coronations decorated with paintings by Giovanni Cipriani including the royal arms on the upper back panel

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Spectacle Bridge, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland

The Spectacle Bridge, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland - hand coloured photo - Victorian period

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Baillie Scott, Trecourt

Baillie Scott, Trecourt
An architectural illustration of Trecourt, the title of this house was suggested by the fact that the grouping of it's structure involves the formation of three courts

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Miracle at the Lyceum Theatre

The Miracle at the Lyceum Theatre
Scenes from Max Reinhardt's production of The Miracle at the Lyceum Theatre, a story told entirely in mime. Inset is Lady Diana Duff Cooper (1892-1986) as the Madonna. Date: 1932

Background imageSpectacle Collection: High Diving Horse

High Diving Horse
William Doc Carver (1851-1927) had been mounting a diving horse show since 1894. The rider in this picture is probably his daughter Lorena. Date: circa 1925

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Mlle Ameta Butterfly Dancer

Mlle Ameta Butterfly Dancer
Performance artist Mlle Ameta uses costume, lighting effects and newly-invented machinery to perform her butterfly dance in Vienna. Date: circa 1910

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Photograph of Niagara Falls frozen, with skiers at base. Captioned, The Frost King at Niagara'

Photograph of Niagara Falls frozen, with skiers at base. Captioned, The Frost King at Niagara'. With description, There is no place in the world where the Frost King creates a more beautiful

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Great Blondini - walking the high wire above four lions

The Great Blondini - walking the high wire above four lions
A slightly fanciful illustration of French tightrope walker Charles Blondin (Jean Francois Gravelet) (1824-1897) - walking the high wire above a pit of four large male lions. Date: circa 1850s

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Sultan watching young men battle with tomac

The Sultan watching young men battle with tomac
The Sultan in his Kiosk watching young officers and pages battle with tomak, wool balls on strips of leather. Esercizio del Tomac

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Auditorium of the new London Hippodrome

Auditorium of the new London Hippodrome
The interior of the brand new London Hippodrome at the corner of Charing Cross Road and Cranbourn Street. Built by theatre architect Frank Matcham for Edward Moss of Moss Empires Limited

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Mr Maskelynes New Magical Sketch, Egyptian Hall Mr Maskelynes New Magical Sketch

Mr Maskelynes New Magical Sketch, Egyptian Hall Mr Maskelynes New Magical Sketch
Mr Maskelynes New Magical Sketch, Arcana, Egyptian Hall, London. 1888

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Shirley Kellogg & chorus in Zig-Zag, Hippodrome

Shirley Kellogg & chorus in Zig-Zag, Hippodrome
A zig-zag effect in " Zig-Zag!. Shirley Kellogg, star of the 1917 revue at the London Hippodrome, " Zig-Zag!" seated on a cushion as Shir Lee in the Chinese Lacquer scene

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Treasure Ship in Fairy Seas, London Hippodrome

The Treasure Ship in Fairy Seas, London Hippodrome
The Christmas production at the London Hippodrome, using its famous water tank to enact an underwater wcene about treasure seekers beneath the sea

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Sands of Dee, how the waves are formed at Hippodrome

The Sands of Dee, how the waves are formed at Hippodrome
Page from The Sketch reporting on how the immense waves was created during the London Hippodromes latest dramatic water spectacle, The Sands of Dee

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Poster for The Treasure Ship in Fairy Seas London Hippodrome

Poster for The Treasure Ship in Fairy Seas London Hippodrome
Poster for the latest wonder show at the London Hippodrome, for Christmas 1906. The Treasure Ship in Fairy Seas featured several scenes played under water in the Hippodromes transparent tank

Background imageSpectacle Collection: The Typhoon at the London Hippodrome by Matania

The Typhoon at the London Hippodrome by Matania
The Typhoon, the latest water spectacle at the London Hippodrome, where a storm was created in the theatres state-of-the-art water tank

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Performers emerge from the water tank, London Hippodrome

Performers emerge from the water tank, London Hippodrome
Horses and riders, performing in the water jump hunting scene at the London Hippodrome, emerge from the tank to cheers from the enthusiastic audience. Date: 1901

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Tally ho at the London Hippodrome, through the splash pane

Tally ho at the London Hippodrome, through the splash pane
The grand finale of Tally-ho, the latest water spectacle at the London Hippodrome as viewed by the audience through the splash pane - glass barriers, which rose up to encircle the arena

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Siberia at the London Hippodrome

Siberia at the London Hippodrome
Siberia, the water spectacle at the London Hippodrome showing the final scene in the last act with Mr Henglers wonderful plunging horses. Date: 1900

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Polars bears at the London Hippodrome, January 1910

Polars bears at the London Hippodrome, January 1910
Seventy polar bears, transported there to take part in the theatres Christmas water spectacular, The Arctic. Fifty of them plunged from icebergs into the water while the remaining bears roamed about

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Better Days at the London Hippodrome

Better Days at the London Hippodrome
Page from The Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News showing scenes during the " Beads" number in the Better Days revue at the London Hippodrome in 1925

Background imageSpectacle Collection: Parade in Clinton Square, Syracuse, New York State, USA

Parade in Clinton Square, Syracuse, New York State, USA
Parade of Knights Templar passing the Wieting Opera House in Clinton Square, Syracuse, New York State, USA, with a large crowd of spectators. Date: 1909



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