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1820s Collection

Step back in time to the 1820s, a decade filled with captivating moments and remarkable achievements

Background image1820s Collection: Davy experimenting at Vesuvius, 1819

Davy experimenting at Vesuvius, 1819
Davy experimenting at Vesuvius. 19th-century artwork of British chemist Humphrey Davy (1778-1829) in 1819 carrying out experiments on the slopes of the volcano Mount Vesuvius, near Naples, Italy

Background image1820s Collection: American Flamingo, by John James Audubon

American Flamingo, by John James Audubon
American Flamingo, Phoenicopterus Ruber, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1820s Collection: Louisiana Heron, by John James Audubon

Louisiana Heron, by John James Audubon
Louisiana Heron, Ardea Ludoviciana, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1820s Collection: GOYA: SATURN, 1819-23. Saturn Devouring a Son. Oil by Francisco Goy, 1819-23

GOYA: SATURN, 1819-23. Saturn Devouring a Son. Oil by Francisco Goy, 1819-23

Background image1820s Collection: Man riding on a steam rocket

Man riding on a steam rocket
The Flight of Intellect. A comic image of a thin man riding on a steam rocket, with his top hat flying off behind him. Portrait of Mr Golightly experimenting on Mess Quick & Speeds new patent high

Background image1820s Collection: French uniforms during the Napoleonic Wars

French uniforms during the Napoleonic Wars
French army uniforms: infantry 1814-1825, grenadier 1812-1815, and cavalry 1805-1812. Antique hand-colored print

Background image1820s Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stockport

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stockport
Charles Green ballooning poster advertising his 75th ascent, from Stockport, under the patronage of Henry Hodgkinson, the Mayor, with a second ascent from Castle Yard, a band of music in attendance

Background image1820s Collection: BABBAGEs ENGINE (1)

BABBAGEs ENGINE (1)
Babbages Difference Engine - he was continually modifying the design, as with modern computers, so it is not possible to date this precisely

Background image1820s Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 304

Curtis British Entomology Plate 304
Lepidoptera: Paucalia woodiella = Euclemensia woodiella (Manchester Tinea) [Plant: Cephalanthera damosonium (Epipactis grandiflora L. or E. pallens Swartz, White Epipactis)] Date: 1824-39

Background image1820s Collection: Snowy Owl, by John James Audubon

Snowy Owl, by John James Audubon
Snowy Owl, Strix Nyctea, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1820s Collection: Coffee plant, 19th century C016 / 5141

Coffee plant, 19th century C016 / 5141
Coffee plant, 19th-century artwork. The illustration is captioned in French as Cafier d arabic. This artwork is from Phytographie Medicale (Paris, 1821-4) by French botanist Joseph R

Background image1820s Collection: London going out of town -- the expansion of London

London going out of town -- the expansion of London
London going out of town, or, The March of Bricks & Mortar -- Cruikshanks cartoon comment on the expansion of London

Background image1820s Collection: Blue Jay, by John James Audubon

Blue Jay, by John James Audubon
Blue Jay, Corvus Cristatus, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1820s Collection: Balloon ascent from Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent

Balloon ascent from Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent
Preparing a balloon for ascent from the Village of Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent, during which Mr P Cornillot achieved horizontal steering at different heights. 23 August 1825

Background image1820s Collection: Cades Cove log cabin, Tennessee

Cades Cove log cabin, Tennessee
Log cabin of John Oliver, built in the 1820s, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Photograph

Background image1820s Collection: Fox Hunting / Accident

Fox Hunting / Accident
A hunting accident - " A squire-trap, by jove", cries Mytton, " a little more and I should have done it" ! English eccentric John Mytton (1796-1834) takes a tumble

Background image1820s Collection: Shavington Day / Hunting

Shavington Day / Hunting
SHAVINGTON DAY A trial between rival packs and horsemen. Participating is the eccentric Shropshire Squire of Halston John Mytton (1796-1834)

Background image1820s Collection: The Cellar Quartetto

The Cellar Quartetto: Dr Syntax and companions in the wine cellar

Background image1820s Collection: George Stephensons locomotive, the Rocket

George Stephensons locomotive, the Rocket, which won a prize given by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company

Background image1820s Collection: Princess Nahienaena of Hawaii

Princess Nahienaena of Hawaii (1815-1836). 1825

Background image1820s Collection: Urania speciosa; Palm

Urania speciosa; Palm
Watercolour from the John Reeves Collection; c.1820s Date: 1820

Background image1820s Collection: Tropic Bird, by John James Audubon

Tropic Bird, by John James Audubon
Tropic Bird, Phaeton Aethereus, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1820s Collection: Eton College courtyard

Eton College courtyard
Scene with teachers and pupils in the courtyard of Eton College

Background image1820s Collection: A Jewish Man and An Armenian Man

A Jewish Man and An Armenian Man Date: 1821

Background image1820s Collection: Human vegetable figure

Human vegetable figure. circa 1825

Background image1820s Collection: Royal George, first locomotive with six coupled wheels

Royal George, first locomotive with six coupled wheels, used on the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Date: circa 1820s

Background image1820s Collection: Group of revellers at the Princess Mary Hospital Ball. This group were all dressed as figures

Group of revellers at the Princess Mary Hospital Ball. This group were all dressed as figures from 1820 with the ball organiser, Lady Terrington (centre), dressed as Princess Charlotte. Date: 1922

Background image1820s Collection: Orange Fruit, Citrus Aurantium, Fructus, 1828 (hand-coloured lithograph)

Orange Fruit, Citrus Aurantium, Fructus, 1828 (hand-coloured lithograph)
986327 Orange Fruit, Citrus Aurantium, Fructus, 1828 (hand-coloured lithograph) by Strenzl, Ignaz (fl.1828) (after); 45.8x31 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Orange Fruit; Citrus Aurantium)

Background image1820s Collection: Mr Grahams balloon ascent, Kew Bridge

Mr Grahams balloon ascent, Kew Bridge
Poster advertising Aerostation. Mr Grahams Sixteenth Ascent from the gardens of the Star & Garter Tavern, Kew Bridge, London. Date: 4 April 1825

Background image1820s Collection: White-Winged Silvery Gull, by John James Audubon

White-Winged Silvery Gull, by John James Audubon
White-Winged Silvery Gull, Larus Leucopterus, by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A colour plate in The Birds of America: From Original Drawings. Date: 1827-1838

Background image1820s Collection: PHILADELPHIA: GRAYs FERRY. Grays Ferry on the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA: GRAYs FERRY. Grays Ferry on the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wood engraving, American, c1830

Background image1820s Collection: William Lillywhite

William Lillywhite
WILLIAM LILLYWHITE The Father of Modern Cricket A right-handed bowler, who played for Sussex in the 1820s. Date: early 19th century

Background image1820s Collection: Workhouse Apprentices Handbill, Kendal, Westmorland

Workhouse Apprentices Handbill, Kendal, Westmorland
Copy of a handbill, thought to date from the 1820s, advertising the availability of boys and girls at the Kirkby, Kendal workhouse for being put out as parish apprentices

Background image1820s Collection: Outside Cafe Tortoni

Outside Cafe Tortoni
The fashionable Cafe Tortoni, in the rue Taitbout, where carriages stop for ladies to consume ice cream, while others enjoy theirs on the terrace

Background image1820s Collection: Havelock conducting divine worship in a Burmese pagoda

Havelock conducting divine worship in a Burmese pagoda
Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857) during the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826), concerned about the spiritual welfare of his men, conducting divine worship in a Burmese pagoda. Date: circa 1820s

Background image1820s Collection: The Greek Wedding

The Greek Wedding. circa 1820

Background image1820s Collection: Hutchinson Alderson, Bellman of Durham

Hutchinson Alderson, Bellman of Durham. 1827

Background image1820s Collection: Syntax Star-Gazing

Syntax Star-Gazing
Dr Syntax shows a lady the stars through a telescope, while the butler trips over a dog on the stairs and drops his tray of crockery

Background image1820s Collection: Easter Morning, 1828. Creator: Caspar David Friedrich

Easter Morning, 1828. Creator: Caspar David Friedrich
Easter Morning, 1828

Background image1820s Collection: Portrait of David Lyon, 1825. Creator: Thomas Lawrence

Portrait of David Lyon, 1825. Creator: Thomas Lawrence
Portrait of David Lyon, 1825

Background image1820s Collection: Portrait of Mrs W. Collins, 1826. Creator: Margaret Carpenter

Portrait of Mrs W. Collins, 1826. Creator: Margaret Carpenter
Portrait of Mrs W. Collins, 1826. The artist's sister Harriet's mother-in-law. Margaret Collins was a formidable woman who had opposed Harriet's marriage to her son

Background image1820s Collection: Croix de Moulin des Planches, 1827. Creator: Richard Parkes Bonington

Croix de Moulin des Planches, 1827. Creator: Richard Parkes Bonington
Croix de Moulin des Planches, 1827

Background image1820s Collection: Le maréchal anglais (The English blacksmith). From Études de chevaux, Grands chevaux'... 1822

Le maréchal anglais (The English blacksmith). From Études de chevaux, Grands chevaux'... 1822
Le marechal anglais (The English blacksmith). From Etudes de chevaux, Grands chevaux (Studies of horses. Large horses'. 1822)

Background image1820s Collection: Woman in front of the Tagawaya Teahouse, 1815-1842. Creator: Ikeda Eisen

Woman in front of the Tagawaya Teahouse, 1815-1842. Creator: Ikeda Eisen
Woman in front of the Tagawaya Teahouse, 1815-1842. The winter setting for the image of a woman walking alone in front of a teahouse (the sign at upper left reads Kaiseki Tagawaya)

Background image1820s Collection: Harbour at sunset, 1820s. Creator: Richard Parkes Bonington

Harbour at sunset, 1820s. Creator: Richard Parkes Bonington
Harbour at sunset, 1820s. Showing numerous boats on calm waters bathed in the golden light of the setting sun. In the background is a cityscape with two prominent church buildings which recall his

Background image1820s Collection: Salisbury Cathedral From The River Nadder, c1829. Creator: John Constable

Salisbury Cathedral From The River Nadder, c1829. Creator: John Constable
Salisbury Cathedral From The River Nadder, c1829

Background image1820s Collection: Harnham Ridge, Salisbury, c1829. Creator: John Constable

Harnham Ridge, Salisbury, c1829. Creator: John Constable
Harnham Ridge, Salisbury, c1829

Background image1820s Collection: Yarmouth Jetty, c1822-23. Creator: John Constable

Yarmouth Jetty, c1822-23. Creator: John Constable
Yarmouth Jetty, c1822-23



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Step back in time to the 1820s, a decade filled with captivating moments and remarkable achievements. Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of art, nature, and innovation as we explore this fascinating era. Let's begin our journey by delving into the mesmerizing world of John James Audubon. His masterpieces like "American Flamingo" and "Louisiana Heron" transport us to lush landscapes teeming with exotic birds. Audubon's intricate illustrations capture the beauty of these creatures, allowing us to marvel at their vivid colors and graceful movements. But it wasn't just Audubon who captivated imaginations during this period. Picture a man riding on a steam rocket, defying gravity itself. This daring feat symbolizes humanity's unyielding quest for progress and exploration. Meanwhile, Charles Green's balloon event in Stockport showcases mankind's fascination with flight as people gathered to witness awe-inspiring ascents into the sky. As we delve deeper into history, let us not forget the Napoleonic Wars that shaped Europe during this time. The French uniforms worn by soldiers evoke images of valorous battles fought across vast landscapes. These uniforms serve as reminders of an era defined by conflict but also marked by resilience and heroism. Innovation was also thriving during this decade; enter BABBAGEs ENGINE (1), an early mechanical computer designed by Charles Babbage himself. This groundbreaking invention laid the foundation for modern computing systems that have revolutionized our lives today. Artistic genius Francisco Goya takes center stage with his haunting masterpiece "Saturn Devouring a Son. " Painted between 1819-23, Goya captures raw human emotions through his striking brushstrokes – reminding us that even amidst great accomplishments, darkness can still linger within society. Nature continues to enchant us through John James Audubon's Snowy Owl illustration—an ethereal creature soaring against a wintry backdrop.