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Sumptuous Collection

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Calvi Beach, Corsica

Calvi Beach, Corsica
Sumptuous and colourful beach scene advertising the Corsican resort of Calvi, showing a 1920s lady in her bathing suit against beach and town

Background imageSumptuous Collection: The Butterfly by Barribal

The Butterfly by Barribal
Gorgeous and sumptuous illustration by William Barribal featuring a woman dressed as a butterfly. Date: 1914

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The sumptuous lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York Date: 2005

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Cinema, Blackpool

Cinema, Blackpool
Interior view of the sumptuous Picture Palace Pavilion, Blackpool, Lancashire, England - clearly designed to resemble a stage theatre and provide a sense of occasion. Date: 1938

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Cinderella Changes

Cinderella Changes
Her Fairy Godmother turns a pumpkin into a coach, and Cinders kitchen dress into a sumptuous gown

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Social / Palace Ballroom

Social / Palace Ballroom
People dancing in the sumptuous Palace Ballroom, Blackpool

Background imageSumptuous Collection: White Star Line, decorative endpapers, presentation book

White Star Line, decorative endpapers, presentation book
White Star Line, decorative endpapers of presentation book. Extremely rare T.H. Ismay hardbound volume presented to the managers

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Sketch by Soulie of three sumptuous fur coats, Paris, 1926

Sketch by Soulie of three sumptuous fur coats, Paris, 1926 Date: 1926

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Three sumptuous oufits described as Graceful Gestures

Three sumptuous oufits described as Graceful Gestures of the Mode, Paris, 1926 from Doeuillet, Premet and Jenny Date: 1926

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Dresses at Queen Victorias Fifth Drawing Room

Dresses at Queen Victorias Fifth Drawing Room, worn by Miss Campbell, The Marchioness Cassar de Sain and Miss Earl. 1897

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Sumptuous banquet in Abyssinia

Sumptuous banquet in Abyssinia. A man seated on a sofa serves his guests with a curved knife, while servants bring bread and drink

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Girl with a basket of flowers

Girl with a basket of flowers - A young girl in a long dress and broad-brimmed hat standing at her garden gate with a basket of sumptuous ged flowers. From Blackies Childrens Annual. Date: circa 1916

Background imageSumptuous Collection: ITALIAN DINING ROOM

ITALIAN DINING ROOM
Dining Room at Villa Medici at Fiesole redecorated in the 18th century: carved gilt mirrors, lanterns on pedestals, crystal chandelier, & ornately carved furniture. Date: 18th century

Background imageSumptuous Collection: DEPUTATION FROM POPE

DEPUTATION FROM POPE
Pope Gregorius III sends delegations to Charles Martel, ruler of the Merovingian Franks, bearing sumptuous gifts, seeking military aid. But Charles doesnt help. Date: 739 and 740

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Lady wearing a large hat with Ostrich Feathers

Lady wearing a large hat with Ostrich Feathers
Beautiful Lady wearing an extraordinary large hat with Ostrich Feathers (dyed mauve). Date: circa 1910s

Background imageSumptuous Collection: White Star Line - RMS Olympic launch menu

White Star Line - RMS Olympic launch menu
White Star Line - RMS Olympic extremely rare launch menu dated 20 October 1910. The launch luncheon was held at The Grand Central Hotel, Belfast

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Supper Table -- how we entertain our friends

Supper Table -- how we entertain our friends. Accompanying an article entitled How I keep house on 250 per annum. 1885

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Scenes from the French film Casanova, 1927

Scenes from the French film Casanova, 1927, directed by Russian Alexandra Volkoff with a largely German cast. A sumptuous costume drama, filmed partly in Venice, it was dazzlingly ambiguous

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Bolshoi Theatre Interior

Bolshoi Theatre Interior
The sumptuous interior of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, built by Albert Cavos, with grandly dressed people watching the performance from boxes

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Harvest Festival display, France

Harvest Festival display, France
Lumiere autochrome photograph of a sumptuous Harvest Festival display, France. Date: 1911

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Lady Jane Dering

Lady Jane Dering
LADY JANE DERING (nee Edwardes) wife of Sir Edward Dering, in a sumptuous evening gown with sleeves that would be a shoplifters dream ! Date: 1811 - 1897

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Court Lady Ca 1580

Court Lady Ca 1580
A lady of the court in a sumptuous ball gown Date: circa 1580

Background imageSumptuous Collection: 15th Century Lady

15th Century Lady
Though she carries a devotional book, her sumptuous dress - robes et houppelande historiees - suggest a trace of vanity... Date: 15th century

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Four Poster Bed 1930S

Four Poster Bed 1930S
The sumptuous principal bedroom of the Mayfair home of City financier Clarence Hatry, with its wooden panelled walls and four-poster bed. Hatry was jailed for fraud. Date: 1930s

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Lobby, Hotel Alexandria, Los Angeles, California, USA

Lobby, Hotel Alexandria, Los Angeles, California, USA
The sumptuous Lobby of the Hotel Alexandria, Los Angeles, California, USA. Date: circa 1907

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Chocolate box design, two white swans

Chocolate box design, two white swans
Chocolate box design, with two white swans and geometrical shapes in red, black, brown, green and gold. Date: 20th century

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Afternoon Tea aboard a ship of the NYK Line

Afternoon Tea aboard a ship of the NYK Line
Afternoon Tea aboard a ship of the Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line). Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSumptuous Collection: A sumptuous revival of Bret Hartes beautiful story, M liss

A sumptuous revival of Bret Hartes beautiful story, M liss. Date c1900

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Grand Shakespearian festival the greatest works of the maste

Grand Shakespearian festival the greatest works of the master mind presented in a most sumptuous manner : magnificent and realistic stage pictures of the greatest historical tragedies

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Villa Medici, Fiesole

Villa Medici, Fiesole
Designed by Michelozzo for Cosimo Medici in 1458 : Exterior view of the library and the terraced garden. Date: 1930s

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Caroline Bellew

Caroline Bellew
CAROLINE BELLEW, daughter of William Bellew of Crediton; standing on a balcony, wearing a tiara and a sumptuous ball dress of a richness not commonly seen in rural Devon. Date: circa 1840

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Celanese Coronation advertisement, 1953

Celanese Coronation advertisement, 1953
Advertisement for Celanese acetate yarn in the year of Queen Elizabeth IIs Coronation featuring a Coronation robe and Kirtle of velvet made for a Baroness by Ede and Ravenscroft. Date: 1953

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Queen Elizabeth II in Leicester Square, 1957

Queen Elizabeth II in Leicester Square, 1957
Queen Elizabeth II looking sumptuous in a beaded evening gown and fur wrap. The event was the Royal Film Performance at the Odeon Theatre in Leicester Square, London. 1957

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Bathroom in the Ritz

Bathroom in the Ritz
The RITZ HOTEL offers its pampered guests every conceivable luxury, as can be seen in this sumptuous bathroom fitted out with the most up-to-date equipment. Date: 1910

Background imageSumptuous Collection: How and what to Dance

How and what to Dance
W Lambs How and what to dance is an indispensable guide to your conduct on the dance floor, whether it be in a sumptuous ballroom or the intimacy of your own home. Date: 1906

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Mrs Gerald Legge

Mrs Gerald Legge
Tatler front cover showing the Honourable Mrs Gerald Legge in a sumptuous red gown with white pom-poms. Raine McCorquodale, the daughter of Barbara Cartland and stepmother to Diana

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Scene from Shakespeares Henry VIII

Scene from Shakespeares Henry VIII
A scene from Shakespeares play, Henry VIII, in a production by Herbert Beerbohm Tree at His Majestys Theatre, London. The production opened in 1910

Background imageSumptuous Collection: A French kitchen

A French kitchen
A chef and maid prepare a sumptuous meal in a French kitchen. Dough has been rolled out on the side board and the chef decorates a three-tiered cake with flowers

Background imageSumptuous Collection: The Sensitive Plant / Robinson

The Sensitive Plant / Robinson
Illustration by Charles Robinson showing a sumptuous garden overflowing with gorgeous flowering blooms and plants amidst which a romantically clad lady stands

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Barbers Saloon, New York, 1870

Barbers Saloon, New York, 1870
Engraving showing a sumptuous barbers saloon lined with mirrors, New York, 1870

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Brothers and Pet Dog

Brothers and Pet Dog
Two little boys, probably brothers, pose with their pet dog, possibly a Pomeranian. The younger child wears a rather sumptuous lace collar

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Banquet for Two C16

Banquet for Two C16
A couple enjoy a sumptuous banquet for two, eating many different dishes on an outdoor terrace

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Modes d

Modes d
Two models dressed in elegant afternoon gowns, one with a sumptuous cloak or coat and fan

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Dragged to the Wedding

Dragged to the Wedding
A furniture-maker of Paris and his bride are drawn through the streets by several sturdy wedding guests, giving them an appetite for the sumptuous repast to follow

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Theatre Going 1931

Theatre Going 1931
An elegant couple of ladies in a sumptuous Art Nouveau theatre box

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Graphic Jubilee Xmas Number 1919

Graphic Jubilee Xmas Number 1919
Sumptuous front cover illustration featuring Father Christmas for The Graphics Christmas number in the year it celebrated its 50 year anniversary

Background imageSumptuous Collection: Stiebel Dress

Stiebel Dress
A sumptuous gown designed by Victor Stiebel modelled at a show at Claridge Hotel in London, in the presence of HM The Queen in 1952



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