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Background imageWatching Collection: Springtime tableau

Springtime tableau - Young childrenin fresh bright dresses out in the Spring sunshine, picking Spring flowers, watching young creatures, birds nesting in fresh young birch trees, prancing lambs

Background imageWatching Collection: The Tennis Championships at Wimbledon

The Tennis Championships at Wimbledon
The Tennis fortnight at Wimbledon is for many the most thrilling period of the summer season. All roads to Wimbledon are literally crowded with tennis enthusiasts moving towards the great concrete

Background imageWatching Collection: Manchesters last tram

Manchesters last tram on its farewell journey, heading for the Depot. A group of people wave from the pavement. Date: 1949

Background imageWatching Collection: Boys Watching Brass Band

Boys Watching Brass Band
Three little boys stand behind a picket gate and watch a brass band playing in a bandstand

Background imageWatching Collection: Irish Dancers

Irish Dancers
A crowd watching girls performing traditional Irish dancing at Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland

Background imageWatching Collection: 1950s Cinema - Childrens Saturday Matinee

1950s Cinema - Childrens Saturday Matinee. Boys and girls looking up at the screen and laughing. Two of the boys are wearing ABC badges -- the name of the cinema. Date: 1954

Background imageWatching Collection: Association Cricket Ground, Perth, Western Australia

Association Cricket Ground, Perth, Western Australia, with a crowd of spectators watching a match. Date: circa 1909

Background imageWatching Collection: On the rails at Goodwood by Howard K Elcock

On the rails at Goodwood by Howard K Elcock
An illustration showing how the Goodwood meeting at the end of the Season was as much a picnic party as a race meeting, with smart spectators enjoying a picnic lunch

Background imageWatching Collection: Playtime at Wimbledon. by William Heath Robinson

Playtime at Wimbledon. by William Heath Robinson
The new craze of Jazz Tennis caught in full swing by our extra special artist. A humorous illustration of tennis players dancing the foxtrot on a tennis court

Background imageWatching Collection: The Monseigneur - Londons latest chic restaurant

The Monseigneur - Londons latest chic restaurant
Evening at The Monseigneur, a fashionable London restaurant, with diners watching a cabaret performance. The Monseigneur Restaurant was one of three main hot spots for dance music in the 1930s

Background imageWatching Collection: Birstall, W Yorkshire - Unveiling statue of Joseph Priestly

Birstall, W Yorkshire - Unveiling statue of Joseph Priestly
Birstall, W Yorkshire - Unveiling the statue of Joseph Priestly on 12th October 1912 - at this point the unveiling party had adjourned to the Temperance Hall

Background imageWatching Collection: Men playing billiards in a club

Men playing billiards in a club. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageWatching Collection: Boxing - Fives Court with Randall & Turner sparring

Boxing - Fives Court with Randall & Turner sparring
The interior of Fives Court in Little St. Martins Lane, a popular venue for the Fancy in the heyday of the prize ring, showing Jack Randall and Ned Turner sparring

Background imageWatching Collection: Gentleman with shire horse, Mid Wales

Gentleman with shire horse, Mid Wales
A gentleman holding the reins of a shire horse in front of a house, probably somewhere in Mid Wales. A little girl watches from a distance

Background imageWatching Collection: Christmas card, Shakespearean jesters

Christmas card, Shakespearean jesters
Christmas Card - May you be merry and lack nothing (based on a quotation from Shakespeares Henry IV Part 2) - two medieval jesters dancing. circa 1935

Background imageWatching Collection: Children doing handstands on a Balham street, SW London

Children doing handstands on a Balham street, SW London
Two children, a boy and a girl, doing handstands against a concrete wall on a Balham street, SW London. A smaller child watches them, backed into a corner. Date: circa 1961

Background imageWatching Collection: Bystander front cover - Summer Number 1933

Bystander front cover - Summer Number 1933
Striking front cover of The Bystander magazine for 7 June 1933, with a design by Leon Benigni featuring fashionable spectators at the racing, probably Ascot. Date: 1933

Background imageWatching Collection: Eve Before The Fall. By A. E. Bestall

Eve Before The Fall. By A. E. Bestall
A scene beside a waterfall of four girls in their bathing costumes. The girls are watching the waterfall, prehaps resting after swimming

Background imageWatching Collection: Cockfighting / Hogarth / Col

Cockfighting / Hogarth / Col
A group of men watching a cockfight in a ring

Background imageWatching 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 imageWatching Collection: HMS Royal Sovereign, British battleship

HMS Royal Sovereign, British battleship
HMS Royal Sovereign, British Revenge class battleship, launched 1915, served in the First World War and part of the Second World War

Background imageWatching Collection: Zeppelin over Cologne

Zeppelin over Cologne
Excited spectators watching a Zeppelin Z111 fly over Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Background imageWatching Collection: Camille Bos, ballet dancer, rehearsing La Grisi

Camille Bos, ballet dancer, rehearsing La Grisi
Mademoiselle Camille Bos, ballet dancer at the French Academie de Musique et de Danse, rehearsing La Grisi

Background imageWatching Collection: Holidaymakers watching the Brixham Regatta, 1936

Holidaymakers watching the Brixham Regatta, 1936
Photograph showing a group of holidaymakers watching the Brixham Regatta, from a vantage point on a West Country cliff, 1936

Background imageWatching Collection: Playing billiards

Playing billiards
Mrs. Frances Hoppe & Her Son Willie. Mrs. Frances Hoppe playing billiards with her son Willie (William F. Hoppe) in a billiard room with seated spectators watching

Background imageWatching Collection: Woman police officer in self-defence exercise

Woman police officer in self-defence exercise
Woman police officer (Moya Wood-Heath) taking part in a self-defence demonstration exercise at an outdoor event, watched by spectators. Date: circa early 1970s

Background imageWatching Collection: Poster, Humber, the Aristocrat of all Bicycles

Poster, Humber, the Aristocrat of all Bicycles. A product of Raleigh Industries, Nottingham. Showing a couple watching sailing boats. Date: circa 1950

Background imageWatching 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 imageWatching Collection: Buffalo Bill Cody racing in Munich, Germany

Buffalo Bill Cody racing in Munich, Germany
William Frederick Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917), American soldier, bison hunter and Wild West showman, seen here at Munich, Germany, racing on horseback against the cyclist Fischer

Background imageWatching Collection: Emperor Nero watches Rome burn, whilst playing his Lyre

Emperor Nero watches Rome burn, whilst playing his Lyre
Roman Emperor Nero watches Rome burn from the Tower of Maecenas on the Esquiline Hill, whilst singing and playing the lyre. Painting by Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916). Polish Artist Date: 64 AD

Background imageWatching Collection: Children doing handstands on a Balham street, SW London

Children doing handstands on a Balham street, SW London
Two children, a boy and a girl, doing handstands against a concrete wall on a Balham street, SW London. A smaller child watches them, backed into a corner. Date: circa 1961

Background imageWatching Collection: RMS Olympic, White Star Line cruise ship, Southampton

RMS Olympic, White Star Line cruise ship, Southampton
RMS Olympic, White Star Line cruise ship, leaving Southampton, with people watching from the quay. early 20th century

Background imageWatching Collection: LCC-LFB Major fire at Prudential Insurance Building

LCC-LFB Major fire at Prudential Insurance Building
Massive crowds gather to watch the London Fire Brigade fight the fire in the Prudential Assurance Company building located in High Holborn WC1, 16 June 1932

Background imageWatching Collection: 1st International Aircraft Exhibition Poster

1st International Aircraft Exhibition Poster, 12-28th October 1935 Milan Sample Fair. Showing a group of eagles watching a plane speeding past. 1935

Background imageWatching Collection: In Possession. By A. E. Bestall

In Possession. By A. E. Bestall
Three girls sat on a bank by a stream watching a crab under the water. Alfred Bestall (1892-1986) is best-known as the artist who drew Rupert Bear for thirty years

Background imageWatching Collection: Two Cats and a butterfly

Two Cats and a butterfly
Two siamese cats watch a tortoiseshell butterfly. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageWatching Collection: Royal wedding at Balcombe, Sussex

Royal wedding at Balcombe, Sussex
The general interest in the wedding of Lady May Cambridge and Captain Henry Abel Smith, Royal Horse Guards, in the little village church of Balcombe

Background imageWatching Collection: Kids & Cat on a Wall

Kids & Cat on a Wall
A row of children sitting on a wall, watching a cat!

Background imageWatching Collection: Bobby Jones, golfer, in action at Lytham St Annes

Bobby Jones, golfer, in action at Lytham St Annes, watched by a large group of spectators. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageWatching Collection: Punch and Judy show on the beach, Cornwall

Punch and Judy show on the beach, Cornwall
Children watching a Punch and Judy show on the beach, Cornwall. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageWatching Collection: Firefighters outside a canteen van, Battersea, London

Firefighters outside a canteen van, Battersea, London
Firefighters in traditional brass helmets enjoying some refreshments outside a canteen van in Battersea Park, London, watched by a boy on roller skates. Date: 1937

Background imageWatching Collection: Scene of an accident in an Islington street, London

Scene of an accident in an Islington street, London
Scene of an accident in an Islington street, North London, with a trolley bus passing by

Background imageWatching Collection: Burberrys Coronation advertisement, 1953

Burberrys Coronation advertisement, 1953
Advertisement for Burberrys raincoats featuring a practically and stylishly clad couple all prepared for watching the procession at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Date: 1953

Background imageWatching Collection: Boys Watching Ship

Boys Watching Ship
A group of boys lean against the dock railings and watch a steamship being built

Background imageWatching Collection: Young lady watching the couples dancing at a Grand Ball

Young lady watching the couples dancing at a Grand Ball
Young lady smiles as she watches couples dancing at a Grand Ball from behind a large fan. Date: 1923

Background imageWatching Collection: Susi - with girl, mixing bowl and kitten

Susi - with girl, mixing bowl and kitten. 1950s

Background imageWatching Collection: Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Jack and Jill

Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Jack and Jill, showing Jill the cat in the window, watching the rest of the family drive off without her. Date: 1914

Background imageWatching Collection: The Queen wearing the imperial crown

The Queen wearing the imperial crown, members of the royal family, and maids of honour, on the balcony at the palace for the fly-past of the RAF following her Coronation on 2nd June 1953. 1953



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