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Thistle Collection

Background imageThistle Collection: Flag of the Scottish Covenanters

Flag of the Scottish Covenanters
The Flag of the Scottish Covenanters. They were Presbyterians sworn to defend their religion, part of a Protestant effort to seize power in Scotland against the English

Background imageThistle Collection: Leven Thistle Golf Club and Scoonie Burn, Scotland

Leven Thistle Golf Club and Scoonie Burn, Scotland
The Scoonie Burn, crossing the Leven Thistle Golf Club (founded i 1867), Leven, the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageThistle Collection: Great Orders of Knighthood and other high decorations

Great Orders of Knighthood and other high decorations
Insignia of the chief orders following in importance that of the Garter. The ribbons are represented by the backgrounds, except in the Order of Merit, and that of the Companions of Honour. Date: 1937

Background imageThistle Collection: Partick Thistle FC football team 1934-1935

Partick Thistle FC football team 1934-1935. Back row: Calderwood (Captain), Cummings, Johnstone, Elliot, Sutherland, M Leod. Front row: Regan, M Kennan, Wylie, Hastie, M Lennan. Date: 1934-1935

Background imageThistle Collection: Scottish Toast 1893

Scottish Toast 1893
Scotsmen make a toast with thistle shaped glasses full of John Robertson & Sons whisky Date: 1893

Background imageThistle Collection: Silybum marianum, milk thistle

Silybum marianum, milk thistle
Illustration from the Botany Library Plate Collection held at the Natural History Museum, London. Entitled Chardon Marie

Background imageThistle Collection: Comic postcard, Scotsman with whisky barrel bagpipes

Comic postcard, Scotsman with whisky barrel bagpipes. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageThistle Collection: Thistle flower fairy, Carduus nutans

Thistle flower fairy, Carduus nutans.. Handcolored steel engraving by C. Geoffrois after an illustration by Jean Ignace Isidore Grandville from Les Fleurs Animees, Flower Fairies, Paris

Background imageThistle Collection: Thistle botanical study

Thistle botanical study.. Lithograph with pochoir (stencil) handcoloring from Eugene Grassets Plants and their Application to Ornament, Paris, 1897

Background imageThistle Collection: The Thistle - Yacht of H. I. M. Empress Eugenie

The Thistle - Yacht of H. I. M. Empress Eugenie
The Thistle - Yacht of Her Imperial Majesty Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III Date: circa 1903

Background imageThistle Collection: Spear thistle, Cirsium vulgare

Spear thistle, Cirsium vulgare (Carduus lanceolatus). Handcoloured copperplate engraving after an illustration by James Sowerby from James Smiths English Botany, London, 1793

Background imageThistle Collection: Thistle species

Thistle species
Showy Mexican scarlet thistle, Erythrolaena conspicua, Arabian cotton thistle, Onopordum arabicum, and blue-flowered carthamus, Carthamus caeruleus

Background imageThistle Collection: Music cover with Scottish harpist

Music cover with Scottish harpist
An unidentified music cover depicting a female Scottish harpist wearing a tartan shawl and medieval costume. The emblem at the top contains the Latin words, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

Background imageThistle Collection: Alice & Puppy

Alice & Puppy
Alice (shrunk) with the puppy

Background imageThistle Collection: Madam gorgon, Acicarpha tribuloides

Madam gorgon, Acicarpha tribuloides. Handcoloured copperplate stipple engraving from Jussieus Dizionario delle Scienze Naturali, Dictionary of Natural Science, Florence, Italy, 1837

Background imageThistle Collection: King George V - Oval portrait

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

Background imageThistle Collection: Williams Talc Powder Advertisement

Williams Talc Powder Advertisement
An advertisement illustration for Williams Talc Powder. The fragrance of an old-fashioned garden, promoting a nostalgia, the purity of mountain air and the softness of thistle down

Background imageThistle Collection: Photograph of Rose & Thistle PH, Camberwell, London

Photograph of Rose & Thistle PH, Camberwell, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Corner on view of the pub

Background imageThistle Collection: Photograph of Crown & Thistle PH, Gravesend, Kent

Photograph of Crown & Thistle PH, Gravesend, Kent. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Right face on view of the pub

Background imageThistle Collection: Advert, John Marshall & Sons, Glasgow Tube Works

Advert, John Marshall & Sons, Glasgow Tube Works
Advert for John Marshall & Sons, Glasgow Tube Works, Glasgow, Scotland. 1905

Background imageThistle Collection: Red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius

Red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius (Apis flavicollis) on a thistle. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by James Sowerby from The British Miscellany, or Coloured figures of new, rare

Background imageThistle Collection: Common sow thistle, Sonchus oleraceus

Common sow thistle, Sonchus oleraceus. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a drawing by James Sowerby for James Smiths English Botany, 1801

Background imageThistle Collection: Melancholy thistle, Cirsium heterophyllum

Melancholy thistle, Cirsium heterophyllum (Carduus heterophyllus). Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a drawing by James Sowerby for James Smiths English Botany, 1799

Background imageThistle Collection: Meadow thistle, Cirsium dissectum

Meadow thistle, Cirsium dissectum (Carduus pratensis)

Background imageThistle Collection: Dwarf thistle, Cirsium acaulon

Dwarf thistle, Cirsium acaulon (Carduus acaulis). Handcoloured copperplate engraving by James Sowerby from James Smiths English Botany, London, 1794

Background imageThistle Collection: Decorative plates from Vron, Somme, France

Decorative plates from Vron, Somme, France. Hand-finished chromolithograph by Ris Paquot from his General History of Ancient French and Foreign Glazed Pottery, Chez l Auteur, Paris, 1874

Background imageThistle Collection: Root plants and vegetables

Root plants and vegetables including artichoke, globe thistle, chicory, dandelion, centaury, tansy, passionflower, rafflesia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc

Background imageThistle Collection: Globe artichoke, Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus

Globe artichoke, Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus, and wild thistle, Carduus sylvestris. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal

Background imageThistle Collection: Milk thistle, Silybum marianum, and globe

Milk thistle, Silybum marianum, and globe artichoke, Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal

Background imageThistle Collection: Milk thistle, Silybum marianum, and Scotch

Milk thistle, Silybum marianum, and Scotch thistle, Onopordum acanthium. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal, Frankfurt, 1557

Background imageThistle Collection: Cow parsnip, Heracleum sphondylium, and creeping

Cow parsnip, Heracleum sphondylium, and creeping thistle, Cirsium arvense. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal, Frankfurt, 1557

Background imageThistle Collection: Blessed thistle, Carduus benedictus, and bear s

Blessed thistle, Carduus benedictus, and bear s
Blessed thistle, Carduus benedictus, and bears breeches, Acanthus spinosus. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal, Frankfurt, 1557

Background imageThistle Collection: Stemless carline thistle, Carlina acaulis

Stemless carline thistle, Carlina acaulis, and wild safflower, Carthamus oxyacanthus. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal

Background imageThistle Collection: Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, and pale globe

Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, and pale globe thistle, Echinops sphaerocephalus. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal, Frankfurt, 1557

Background imageThistle Collection: St. Benedicts thistle, Centaurea benedicta

St. Benedicts thistle, Centaurea benedicta (Cnicus benedictus). Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration by Walther Muller from Hermann Adolph Koehlers Medicinal Plants

Background imageThistle Collection: Mexican poppy or flowering thistle, Argemone mexicana

Mexican poppy or flowering thistle, Argemone mexicana, Argemone du Mexique. Handcoloured steel engraving by Alphonse-Leon Noel after a botanical illustration by Edouard Maubert from Pierre Oscar

Background imageThistle Collection: Title page with calligraphic title and floral vignette

Title page with calligraphic title and floral vignette
Title page with calligraphic title Flowers of Shakspeare and vignette of roses, honeysuckle and thistles. Handcoioured botanical illustration drawn

Background imageThistle Collection: Great globe thistle, Echinops sphaerocephalus

Great globe thistle, Echinops sphaerocephalus. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after an illustration by Richard Duppa from his The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany, Longman

Background imageThistle Collection: Common carline, Carlina vulgaris

Common carline, Carlina vulgaris. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after an illustration by Richard Duppa from his The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany, Longman, Hurst, London

Background imageThistle Collection: Globe thistle, Echinops sphaerocephalus

Globe thistle, Echinops sphaerocephalus, Polygamia segregata, flower 1, and single floret 2, 3. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by F

Background imageThistle Collection: Cardoon or artichoke thistle, Cynara cardunculus

Cardoon or artichoke thistle, Cynara cardunculus. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Swan after an illustration by William Jackson Hooker from Samuel Curtis Botanical Magazine, London, 1828

Background imageThistle Collection: Spiniest thistle, Cirsium spinosissimum

Spiniest thistle, Cirsium spinosissimum (Feathery headed cnicus, Cnicus spinosissimus). Handcoloured copperplate engraving by F

Background imageThistle Collection: Knight of the Order of Our Lady of the Thistle

Knight of the Order of Our Lady of the Thistle, chevalier de l Ordre de Notre-Dame du Chardon, created in 1370 by Louis II duc de Bourbon

Background imageThistle Collection: Guelder rose, scabious and thistle protea

Guelder rose, scabious and thistle protea
Guelder-rose, Viburnum opulus 1, red scabious, Scabiosa peregrina 2, mountain scabious, Pterocephalus dumetorum 3, devils bit, Succisa pratensis 4, and thistle protea, Protea scolymocephala 5-7

Background imageThistle Collection: Thistle protea, Protea scolymocephala

Thistle protea, Protea scolymocephala (Scolymocephalus africanus). Handcoloured copperplate engraving after Mario Cammerari from Professor Filippo Arenas La natura e cultura dei fiori fisicamente

Background imageThistle Collection: Emblems of Scotland

Emblems of Scotland. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageThistle Collection: Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar, Scotland

Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar, Scotland, with a background of Scottish thistles and heather, and a MacDonald tartan. Date: circa 1905

Background imageThistle Collection: Comic postcard, Scotchmans coat of arms

Comic postcard, Scotchmans coat of arms, with a humorous verse. Date: circa 1910s



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