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1889 Collection

In the year 1889, a myriad of remarkable events and creations unfolded, leaving an indelible mark on history

Background image1889 Collection: VAN GOGH: STARRY NIGHT. The Starry Night. Oil on canvas by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

VAN GOGH: STARRY NIGHT. The Starry Night. Oil on canvas by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

Background image1889 Collection: Giovanni Bottesini

Giovanni Bottesini
Italian bass-player

Background image1889 Collection: Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp

Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp
Film actor and director Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), film star and director, seen here in his little tramp costume, probably in a still from his 1925 film, The Gold Rush

Background image1889 Collection: Middlesbrough Town Hall

Middlesbrough Town Hall, a typical Victorian municipal building, with a lofty clock tower, was officially opened by Edward, Prince of Wales later Edward VII), in 1889

Background image1889 Collection: Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)
Highclere Castle (architect Sir Charles Barry). Date: 1889

Background image1889 Collection: Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins English Poet

Background image1889 Collection: VAN GOGH: SUNFLOWERS, 1889. Vase With Twelve Sunflowers. Oil on canvas, Vincent van Gogh

VAN GOGH: SUNFLOWERS, 1889. Vase With Twelve Sunflowers. Oil on canvas, Vincent van Gogh, January 1889

Background image1889 Collection: VAN GOGH: SELF PORTRAIT. Oil on canvas, Vincent van Gogh, 1889

VAN GOGH: SELF PORTRAIT. Oil on canvas, Vincent van Gogh, 1889

Background image1889 Collection: CARTOON: ANTI-TRUST, 1889. The Bosses of the Senate. American anti-trust cartoon, 1889

CARTOON: ANTI-TRUST, 1889. The Bosses of the Senate. American anti-trust cartoon, 1889, by Joseph Keppler

Background image1889 Collection: Brockwell Park

Brockwell Park, Herne Hill : a movement is now on foot to buy this land, and keep it as a public park for the people

Background image1889 Collection: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
CHARLIE CHAPLIN (Sir Charles Spencer) English comedian and actor

Background image1889 Collection: Bonsai dwarf pine, 1889 C013 / 8769

Bonsai dwarf pine, 1889 C013 / 8769
Bonsai dwarf pine, 19th-century artwork. This specimen is from Japan, and is 150 years old. Bonsai is the art of cultivating ornamental artificially-dwarfed varieties of trees

Background image1889 Collection: Brunels SS Great Eastern, Milford Haven, South Wales

Brunels SS Great Eastern, Milford Haven, South Wales
Brunels iron sailing steamship, the SS Great Eastern, berthed at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, during the 1870s. The ship is so large that it runs the length of Hamilton Terrace

Background image1889 Collection: KILRAIN VS. SULLIVAN, 1889. John L. Sullivan knocks out Jake Kilrain in the last round of

KILRAIN VS. SULLIVAN, 1889. John L. Sullivan knocks out Jake Kilrain in the last round of the 75-round contest at Richburg, Mississippi, on 8 July 1889, Sullivans last bare-knuckle fight

Background image1889 Collection: Landore Viaduct construction, near Swansea, South Wales

Landore Viaduct construction, near Swansea, South Wales
View of construction work on the Landore Viaduct, over the Swansea valley and the River Tawe, on the Great Western Railway, Glamorgan, South Wales

Background image1889 Collection: Menelik Ii / Ethiopia

Menelik Ii / Ethiopia
MENELIK II Emperor of Ethiopia (1889-1913)

Background image1889 Collection: PEARS SOAP ADVERTISEMENT. Engraved English advertisement, 1889

PEARS SOAP ADVERTISEMENT. Engraved English advertisement, 1889

Background image1889 Collection: VAN GOGH: PEACH TREE, 1889. Peach Trees in Blossom. Oil on canvas, 1889, by Vincent Van Gogh

VAN GOGH: PEACH TREE, 1889. Peach Trees in Blossom. Oil on canvas, 1889, by Vincent Van Gogh

Background image1889 Collection: Music cover for Two Marionettes Polka

Music cover for Two Marionettes Polka, composed by May Ostlere. Two puppets (without strings!) are depicted dancing on a small stage, framed by red and gold curtains

Background image1889 Collection: Flood at Johnstown / USA

Flood at Johnstown / USA
A mother watches helplessly as her husband and young duaghter are swept away by the raging waters of a flood that hit Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Background image1889 Collection: Empire Theatre / 1889

Empire Theatre / 1889
The cover of a programme for the Empire theatre, London. The bill featured comedians including Dan Leno and Cleopatra, A Grand Ballet Divertissement

Background image1889 Collection: Girls with Blossom 1889

Girls with Blossom 1889
Three little girls on the bank of a stream, surrounded by flowers and blossom

Background image1889 Collection: Paris / Eiffel Tower 1889

Paris / Eiffel Tower 1889
The Tower surrounded by the buildings of the Exposition, seen from the Seine

Background image1889 Collection: Loseley Farm, Surrey

Loseley Farm, Surrey
Loseley Farm, near Ewhurst, Surrey, which will become famous for its dairy produce in days to come

Background image1889 Collection: Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger
MARTIN HEIDEGGER German philosopher who influenced Sartre and the Existentialists

Background image1889 Collection: Manchester Ship Canal

Manchester Ship Canal
Construction scene : the works at Latchford, near Warrington

Background image1889 Collection: Joseph De Veuster Damien

Joseph De Veuster Damien
JOSEPH DE VEUSTER DAMIEN FATHER DAMIEN Belgian missonary who helped lepers

Background image1889 Collection: Olive Orchard mid-June, 1889 (oil on canvas)

Olive Orchard mid-June, 1889 (oil on canvas)
XOS3058138 Olive Orchard mid-June, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Gogh, Vincent van (1853-90); 72x92 cm; Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo

Background image1889 Collection: PRIMITIVE METHODISTS, 1888. Primitive Methodists at Prayer. Wood engraving after William Holt

PRIMITIVE METHODISTS, 1888. Primitive Methodists at Prayer. Wood engraving after William Holt Yates Titcombs painting, c1888, of the Primitive Methodist congregation of Fore Street, St. Ives, England

Background image1889 Collection: Lyttleton V Saunders 89

Lyttleton V Saunders 89
A Lyttleton and C Saunders play real tennis at New Princes Club in Knightsbridge, London, which was recently opened by the Prince of Wales

Background image1889 Collection: Circus Poster / Paris

Circus Poster / Paris
A poster for Cirque d ete (Summer circus) in the Champs Elysees, Paris. Open every evening, there are clowns, lions and horses, to name but a few acts

Background image1889 Collection: Meat Mincer 1889

Meat Mincer 1889
The Enterprise meat chopper, or mincer, is apparently the best in the world

Background image1889 Collection: Cameron Highlanders

Cameron Highlanders
79th Regiment; The Queens Own Cameron Highlanders

Background image1889 Collection: Mer-People / Look-Alikes

Mer-People / Look-Alikes
A mermaid compared with the manatee at the Zoological Gardens, London

Background image1889 Collection: Robert Browning / Quinnell

Robert Browning / Quinnell
ROBERT BROWNING Colour portrait

Background image1889 Collection: Rudolf / Archduke Austria

Rudolf / Archduke Austria
RUDOLF, ARCHDUKE and CROWN PRINCE of AUSTRIA Seen here with his fiancee, Stephanie Clothilde of Belgium

Background image1889 Collection: Circus Acrobats / Garnier

Circus Acrobats / Garnier
A female acrobat balances on her hands and brings her ankles level with her ears

Background image1889 Collection: Gasworkers Meeting

Gasworkers Meeting
Meeting of the GASWORKERS at Peckham Rye, London, in favour of better working conditions

Background image1889 Collection: Smoking the Bees / Stokes

Smoking the Bees / Stokes
Smoking the bees

Background image1889 Collection: Blavatsky 1889

Blavatsky 1889
HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY Russian mystic, writer &c at age 58

Background image1889 Collection: Labour Union Poster - Great London Dock Strike

Labour Union Poster - Great London Dock Strike
Labour Union Poster Commemorating the Great London Dock Strike of 1889. This industrial dispute involving dock workers in the Port of London broke out on 14 August 1889

Background image1889 Collection: Infirmary - Havil Street, Camberwell

Infirmary - Havil Street, Camberwell
Its the circular ward block for the workhouse infirmary, designed in 1889 by architect R.P. Whellock, and opened the following year at Havil Street, Camberwell

Background image1889 Collection: Judaism. Torah scroll case wrapped in black. Libya, 1889

Judaism. Torah scroll case wrapped in black. Libya, 1889. Carved wood and cotton. Case: Gift of the Moshav movement, through Rabbi Menahem Hacohen and Bracha Yaniv, Survey of Synagogues

Background image1889 Collection: Dunkleys Rocking Horse

Dunkleys Rocking Horse
ROCKING HORSE by Dunkleys of Birmingham Date: 1889

Background image1889 Collection: THE UNIVERSAL FAVORITE. Lithograph, 1889

THE UNIVERSAL FAVORITE. Lithograph, 1889

Background image1889 Collection: SULLIVAN VS. KILRAIN, 1889. The open-air championship match between John L. Sullivan

SULLIVAN VS. KILRAIN, 1889. The open-air championship match between John L. Sullivan (The Boston Strong Boy) and Jake Kilrain at Richburg, Mississippi, 8 July 1889

Background image1889 Collection: Fazakerley Cottage Homes Treat

Fazakerley Cottage Homes Treat
A treat - probably in the form of a country picnic - for boys from the Fazakerley Cottage Homes in Liverpool, accompanied by staff and other helpers

Background image1889 Collection: 1889 photograph - RMS Teutonic - from an album of images relating to the launch of

1889 photograph - RMS Teutonic - from an album of images relating to the launch of the vessel, which was built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast



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In the year 1889, a myriad of remarkable events and creations unfolded, leaving an indelible mark on history. Vincent Van Gogh's masterpiece "Starry Night, " painted with meticulous strokes of oil on canvas, captivated the world with its ethereal beauty. Giovanni Bottesini's enchanting melodies resonated through concert halls, stirring emotions within every listener. Middlesbrough Town Hall stood tall as a testament to architectural grandeur, while Brockwell Park offered solace amidst nature's embrace. Highclere Castle, famously known as Downton Abbey, exuded elegance and charm in the English countryside. Gerard Manley Hopkins crafted poetic verses that illuminated the human experience with profound insight and introspection. Joseph Keppler's satirical cartoon "The Bosses of the Senate" shed light on America's anti-trust sentiments during this era. Amidst these artistic triumphs and social commentaries emerged a delicate bonsai dwarf pine in 1889 C013 / 8769—a symbol of patience and resilience nurtured over time. The Landore Viaduct construction near Swansea showcased mankind's engineering prowess while Menelik II ruled Ethiopia with wisdom and strength. Van Gogh once again graced our souls with his vibrant masterpiece "Sunflowers, " where twelve radiant blooms danced upon a canvas filled with life itself. And who could forget Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp—his iconic character brought laughter to hearts worldwide. Thus, in 1889, creativity flourished across various realms—artistic masterpieces mesmerized us; music stirred our souls; architecture left us awestruck; cartoons sparked conversations; nature reminded us of our place in this vast universe; progress pushed boundaries; leaders shaped nations—and all these threads wove together into the rich tapestry that defines this extraordinary year forevermore.