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Symbolic Collection

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Chromolithograph Devotional Card - The Virgin Mary

Chromolithograph Devotional Card - The Virgin Mary 1911

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Great Sacrifice by James Clark, WW1

The Great Sacrifice by James Clark, WW1
The Great Sacrifice by James Clark, originally published in the 1914 Christmas number of The Graphic. Depicting a dead soldier on a battlefield with an ethereal image of Christ on the cross shining

Background imageSymbolic Collection: WWI Poster, The Empire Needs Men

WWI Poster, The Empire Needs Men
WWI Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster, design by Arthur Wardle (1864-1949), The Empire Needs Men! Enlist Now. Depicting a lion and cubs, representing Britain and her Empire. Date: 1915

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Codex Troano - 1

Codex Troano - 1
Part of a Calendar used by Maya priests, depicting gods and symbolic creatures Plate xx

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Phrenological Head

Phrenological Head
A PHRENOLOGICAL HEAD Symbolic representation showing 37 areas such as eventuality, individuality, self-esteem, secretiveness

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Coats of Arms for Colleges of Cambridge University

Coats of Arms for Colleges of Cambridge University. Date: circa 1910

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Coronation Regalia of Britain

The Coronation Regalia of Britain
The various pieces of regalia used during the Coronation ceremonies of British Kings and Queens. 1. St. Edwards Crown, 2. The Imperial State Crown, 3. Prince of Wales coronet, 4

Background imageSymbolic Collection: King George V Silver Jubilee celebrations, ILN cover, 1935

King George V Silver Jubilee celebrations, ILN cover, 1935
Soldiers from across the British Empire gather to adore the crown, resplendent on a garlanded pedestal, on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of King George V.St Pauls Cathedral can be

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Rosicrucian Symbol

Rosicrucian Symbol
SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION OF THE ROSY CROSS Symbol of the Rosicrucians

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Library of Congress - The Mosaic Minerva - Minerva of Peace

Library of Congress - The Mosaic Minerva - Minerva of Peace
Washington DC, USA - Mosaic - The Minerva of Peace by Elihu Vedder (1836-1923). Found in the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Date: 1920

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Yugoslavia - Sokol Rally in Belgrade

Yugoslavia - Sokol Rally in Belgrade
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Coat of Arms for Marylebone, London

Coat of Arms for Marylebone, London, with Virgin and Child at the top, and a Latin motto below (Fiat Secundum Verbum Tuum, let it be done according to your word). Date: early 20th century

Background imageSymbolic Collection: German helmet WWI

German helmet WWI
One of the many steel helmets from World War I which farmers still find when they are ploughing their fields

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Justice as depicted on a Tarot card

Justice as depicted on a Tarot card
Comtesse de Segur, nee Sophie Rostopchine, French writer, born in Russia, best known for Les Malheurs de Sophie, first published 1859

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Maypole dancing in the village of Paul, Cornwall

Maypole dancing in the village of Paul, Cornwall
Adults and children dancing round a maypole in the village of Paul, near Penzance in Cornwall, with the tower of the parish church on the right. A crowd of people stand watching them

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Tarot Card 21 - Le Monde (The World)

Tarot Card 21 - Le Monde (The World). Date: 20th century

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Jesus Crucifixion

Jesus Crucifixion
Allegory of Jesus crucified, surrounded by relics and other symbolic attributes

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Early Christian art. The Good Shepherd. Relief. 4th century

Early Christian art. The Good Shepherd. Relief. 4th century. Bardo National Museum. Tunis. Tunisia

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Zeus Meilichios depicted as a snake and a family of supplica

Zeus Meilichios depicted as a snake and a family of supplica
Relief with Zeus Meilichios depicted as a snake. On the left, a family of supplicants. Dedicated by Aristomene. Found in Pangrati (Athens) and dated between 350-300 BC

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1

Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, WW1
Cartoon, The Dropped Pilot, twenty-four years after Tenniel. In Tenniels Dropping the Pilot cartoon of 1890 Kaiser Wilhelm II watches as Bismarck disembarks from the ship (of state)

Background imageSymbolic Collection: First Balkan War (1912 - 1913) - Hand-to-hand combat

First Balkan War (1912 - 1913) - Hand-to-hand combat
Hand-to-hand combat during the First Balkan War as Greek troops overun a Turkish gun battery. The war lasted from October 1912 to May 1913, pitted the Balkan League (Serbia, Montenegro, Greece)

Background imageSymbolic Collection: WWI - The Lion Roused - British Propaganda postcard

WWI - The Lion Roused - British Propaganda postcard full of strength, defiance and patriotism. The confidence evident in 1914... Date: 1914

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Melancholy and raving madness, Bedlam Hospital

Melancholy and raving madness, Bedlam Hospital
The figures of melancholy and raving madness over the gateway into Bethlehem(Bedlam)Hospital. Statues by the Danish sculptor Caius Gabriel Cibber Date: 1813

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Joan the Maid - Kay Nielsen. The Most Noble Warrior Saint in the Christian Calendar

Joan the Maid - Kay Nielsen. The Most Noble Warrior Saint in the Christian Calendar. Date: 1924

Background imageSymbolic Collection: State regalia kept at the Tower of London including St. Edwards crown

State regalia kept at the Tower of London including St. Edwards crown, the Imperial State Crown, the Sword of State, orb, sceptre, anointing spoon and mace. Date: 1920

Background imageSymbolic Collection: WW2 - USA - Propaganda - We gave for our own, for our allies

WW2 - USA - Propaganda - We gave for our own, for our allies - relating to the Wartime Bond Scheme to contribute to the war effort. Date: circa 1944

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Library of Congress Mural - The Occupation of the Day

Library of Congress Mural - The Occupation of the Day
Washington DC, USA - Mural - The Occupation of the Day by Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914). Found in the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Religion. Worship before an altar of Fire

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Coats of Arms for Schools and Colleges

Coats of Arms for Schools and Colleges, including Oxford and Cambridge, public schools and grammar schools. Date: circa 1910

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Parable of the Seed

The Parable of the Seed - Matthew 15. circa 1688

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Jesus as a boy, carrying a plank of wood

Jesus as a boy, carrying a plank of wood
Jesus as a boy, carrying a wooden plank through the streets of Nazareth

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Patriotic poster, Team Spirit, Buy British

Patriotic poster, Team Spirit, Buy British
Patriotic poster, Buy British campaign -- It is the Team Spirit that gets there. Buy British and pass your wages to another member of the British team

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Queen in the Scottish National Service in St. Giles Cath

The Queen in the Scottish National Service in St. Giles Cath
The newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth II, attends the Scottish National Service of Dedication and Thanksgiving at the High Kirk of Edinburgh (St Giles Cathedral)

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Washington DC, USA - Library of Congress Mural - Orpheus

Washington DC, USA - Library of Congress Mural - Orpheus
Washington DC, USA - Mural Painting - The Greek Heroes by Walter McEwen (1860-1943). Found in the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Orpheus. Slain by the Bacchantes. Date: 1920

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Dangers of Love 16C

Dangers of Love 16C
The dangers of love

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Western Australia - Aborigine Elders ready for a Corroboree

Western Australia - Aborigine Elders ready for a Corroboree
Western Australia, Australia - Five Australian Aborigine Elders ready for a Corroboree (an an Australian Aboriginal dance ceremony which may take the form of a sacred ritual or an informal gathering)

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Cartoon, The Anglers Return (Derby and Disraeli)

Cartoon, The Anglers Return (Derby and Disraeli)
Cartoon, The Anglers Return -- Lord Derby and Benjamin Disraeli portrayed as fishermen, examining the Conservative partys poor returns from the recent General Election -- the Liberal party under Lord

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Cartoon, A Dip in the Free Trade Sea

Cartoon, A Dip in the Free Trade Sea -- satirical comment on the Conservative governments announcement that they did not intend to return to the policy of Protectionism

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Winding Stream of Politics - elections since 1832

The Winding Stream of Politics - elections since 1832
An ingenious drawing showing at a glance the alternating results of General Elections from 1832 to 1924, with the ebb and flow of dominance by the main two political parties usefully illustrated by a

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Alls Well! A British Bulldog

Alls Well! A British Bulldog, dedicated to the officers and men of the Royal Navy. Date: 1914

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Coats of Arms for Colleges of Oxford University

Coats of Arms for Colleges of Oxford University. Date: circa 1910

Background imageSymbolic Collection: King George V - Oval portrait

King George V - Oval portrait
King George V (1865-1936) - Oval portrait. Date: circa 1910

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Umay the goddess of fertility, Kazakhstan

Umay the goddess of fertility, Kazakhstan
Umay is the Mother of Earth, also known as the goddess of fertility in the religion of Tengriism (Tengrism), Kazakhstan. She holds her arms around the yurt to protect the baby

Background imageSymbolic Collection: WW2 Greetings Card, Royal Navy Sailors

WW2 Greetings Card, Royal Navy Sailors
The inside of a WW2 greetings card, the fold out illustration portrays three musical Royal Navy sailors, singing and playing the accordion, a black cat symbolic of good fortune sits beside

Background imageSymbolic Collection: WW2 Greetings Card, Saluting Soldiers

WW2 Greetings Card, Saluting Soldiers
The inside of a WW2 greetings card, the fold out illustration shows two saluting soldiers and a black cat, symbolic of good fortune, standing by their camouflaged military vehicles. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSymbolic Collection: WW2 Christmas Card, Soldiers Of Good Luck

WW2 Christmas Card, Soldiers Of Good Luck
A WW2 Christmas greetings card, the illustration portrays a pair of British soldiers walking with a black cat between them, symbolic of good fortune. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSymbolic Collection: WW2 Birthday Card, A Convoy

WW2 Birthday Card, A Convoy
A WW2 birthday greetings card, the illustration portrays a dog dressed in a Royal Navy sailor uniform, taking a black cat for a walk, symbolic of good fortune. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageSymbolic Collection: WW2 Birthday Card, Blackout The Blues

WW2 Birthday Card, Blackout The Blues
A WW2 birthday greetings card, with imagery symbolic of good fortune including the presence of black cats and a horseshoe

Background imageSymbolic Collection: WW2 Christmas Card, Good Luck

WW2 Christmas Card, Good Luck
A WW2 Christmas greetings card with imagery symbolic of good fortune, the illustration shows some horseshoes nestled amongst some mistletoe and a Union Jack flag. Date: circa 1940s



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