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Supernatural Collection

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Chanctonbury Ring - West Sussex, England

Chanctonbury Ring - West Sussex, England. A notable landmark of West Sussex, surmounted by beech trees, and supposed by lovers of earth mysteries to possess supernatural powers

Background imageSupernatural Collection: The Queens House Ghost on the Tulip Staircase. In 1966

The Queens House Ghost on the Tulip Staircase. In 1966, a retired Canadian Reverend and his wife visited the Queens House, Greenwich, London

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Ghost on the Tulip Staircase of the Queens House

Ghost on the Tulip Staircase of the Queens House
Figure photographed on the Tulip Staircase of the Queens House, though photographer saw nothing; during normal opening hours of the Museum - (a digitally restored version of image 10003710)

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Filling the Air with Fairy Forms

Filling the Air with Fairy Forms -- a little girl blows a dandelion clock and in her imagination it turns into a flight of fairies. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSupernatural Collection: The Temptation Of St. Anthony

The Temptation Of St. Anthony
This painting depicts the temptation of St. Anthony, a subject popularly repeated in art and literature, whereby Saint Anthony the Great was confronted by a supernatural temptation during his sojourn

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Trolls get cold, too -- they are glad to warm themselves at a hunter's fire. Date: 1895

Trolls get cold, too -- they are glad to warm themselves at a hunter's fire. Date: 1895

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Three trolls laughing at a fox dressed up as a priest ! Date: 1887

Three trolls laughing at a fox dressed up as a priest ! Date: 1887

Background imageSupernatural Collection: John o Arnha choking a monster

John o Arnha choking a monster, beating him with a cudgel while other demons fly above and three witches stir a cauldron. The Kelpy tried we John to grapple, But Arn caught him by the thrapple

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Scottish traveller dancing a jig with a violinist

Scottish traveller dancing a jig with a violinist. I ve been throw Hollan, Spain and France, An at Vienna learn d to dance

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Scottish traveller John o Arnha fighting a Kelpy

Scottish traveller John o Arnha fighting a Kelpy or monster with a cudgel. Three witches flying on broomsticks. A stalwart monster, huge in size, Did streight frae out the river rise

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Scottish traveller John o Arnha encounters a witch

Scottish traveller John o Arnha encounters a witch
Scottish traveller John o Arnha with cudgel encounters a witch flying on a broomstick. Sae fently did she wing her flight, In a twinklin she was out o sight

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Street brawl between two men in a 19th century town

Street brawl between two men in a 19th century town
Street brawl between two men boxing, knocking over a woman with wheelbarrow, 19th century. Spar d neither man nor mothers Son - Yea clawed the back o Horner John

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Woman in a garden scared by a bee, 1913

Woman in a garden scared by a bee, 1913
Woman in a garden scared by a bee. She wears a dress by Paul Poiret in blue wool crepe, with white fichu and cuffs. Petite robe de jardin par Poiret en crepe de laine bleu

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Puck on spiders thread

Puck on spiders thread
Puck seated on a spiders thread. Date: 1920

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Robin Goodfellow, a sprite

Robin Goodfellow, a sprite (also known as Puck). Date: 1911

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Illustration to Goblin Market

Illustration to Goblin Market
Goblin Market - illustration to Christina Rossettis poem. Date: 1920

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Papua New Guinea - Elema people - Eharo Masks

Papua New Guinea - Elema people - Eharo Masks
Elema people (of the Papuan Gulf in southeast New Guinea) practicing an elaborate cycle of masked rituals. These monumental Eharo masks were created primarily for amusement

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Two Saints make shoes being tempted by the devil. Engraving

Two Saints make shoes being tempted by the devil. Engraving

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Arthur Conan Doyle with fairies

Arthur Conan Doyle with fairies
Cottingley Fairy Case - William Marriotts fake photo of Arthur Conan Doyle with cut out fairies. Date: 1921

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Wind Elves teasing a child

Wind Elves teasing a child
Wind Elves tease a child by blowing the blackberries out of her reach. Date: 1917

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Ghost of Lord Combermere

Ghost of Lord Combermere
Sybell Corbets photograph of the library at Combermere, taken between 2-3 pm, seeming to show a figure, resembling Lord Combermere, at the time he was being buried Date: 5 December 1891

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Posada, Illustration to a story, La Noche Venturosa

Posada, Illustration to a story, La Noche Venturosa
Illustration to a story, La Noche Venturosa -- The Lucky Night or the Queen of Blas and Bato. Date: circa 1900

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Woman doing automatic writing in a garden

Woman doing automatic writing in a garden -- she is Mrs P Savile of South Norwood, London, who could receive psychic information from an entity called White Cloud

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Flora and Gill pursued by their enemy Luzbel, Mexico

Flora and Gill pursued by their enemy Luzbel, Mexico -- originally an illustration for a magicians programme. circa 1900

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Lyall Watson, South African scientist and author

Lyall Watson, South African scientist and author
Lyall Watson (1939-2008), South African botanist, zoologist, biologist, anthropologist, ethnologist and author. Through his work he attempted to make sense of natural

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Witches riding broomsticks on six Victorian scraps

Witches riding broomsticks on six Victorian scraps. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageSupernatural Collection: James Gardiner

James Gardiner
JAMES GARDINER soldier who lived a licentious life until 1719, when a supernatural vision converted him to behave himself Date: 1688 - 1745

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Within the Magic Circle

Within the Magic Circle -- two little girls encounter some fairies. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Silverwhite and a sea troll

Silverwhite and a sea troll
Silverwhite confronts a sea troll. Date: 1895

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Elves and mice

Elves and mice. Date: 1910

Background imageSupernatural Collection: A magician with witches and wizards

A magician with witches and wizards
A magician conjures up fantasies to entertain a mixed gathering of witches, wizards, demons, and other marginal folk

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Scene at a seance

Scene at a seance, with a woman sitting in a chair on the right, and a man emerging from behind a curtain with a long piece of white muslin in his mouth (presumably meant to be ectoplasm)

Background imageSupernatural Collection: The Fairy Flight

The Fairy Flight -- a little girl in a blue dress encounters a group of fairies in a garden. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSupernatural Collection: A fly caught in a cobweb

A fly caught in a cobweb
Silhouette depicting a fly caught in a cobweb. Two fairies sit, powerless to help, but two elves try to free it. Date: 1927

Background imageSupernatural Collection: A fairy asleep on a cobweb

A fairy asleep on a cobweb
Silhouette depicting a fairy asleep on a cobweb hammock. Date: 1928

Background imageSupernatural Collection: The Fairy in the Blossom

The Fairy in the Blossom -- two children encounter a fairy sitting on a tree branch of pink blossom. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Joining in the Fairy Revel

Joining in the Fairy Revel -- a little girl in her pink nightdress joins hands in a circle with a group of fairies and elves in a garden. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSupernatural Collection: A Fairy Vision

A Fairy Vision -- a little girl lies on the grass, looking up at a vision of fairies mixed in with the soap bubbles she is blowing. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSupernatural Collection: China - Interior of a Joss House

China - Interior of a Joss House
Lantern slide of Interior of a Joss House. A Shenist temple or Chinese folk temple is a place for worshiping the variety of indigenous Chinese shen (deities, saints)

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Saint Bruno

Saint Bruno alias Bruno the Great (925965) - Archbishop of Cologne and Duke of Lorraine. Date: circa 960

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Title page of De motu animalium

Title page of De motu animalium
Engraved title page of De motu animalium. Source: De motu animalium - Joh. Alphonsi Borelli, Neapolitani matheseos professoris, De motu animalium... by Borelli, Giovanni Alfonso, 1608-1679

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Cottingley Fairy Case - Night Light

Cottingley Fairy Case - Night Light
An Advert for the Nighlight supposedly used by the Cottingley Fairy children to forge the photos they produced. Date: December 1921

Background imageSupernatural Collection: Charles Williams

Charles Williams
CHARLES WILLIAMS writer and scholar, author of novels of the supernatural such as War in heaven and The greater trumps. Date: 1886 - 1945

Background imageSupernatural Collection: The Drummer of Tedworth - Glanville

The Drummer of Tedworth - Glanville
The tale of the Drummer of Tedworth (told by Thomas Glanville) recounted that local landowner, John Mompesson of Tedworth (now Tidworth, in Wiltshire)


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