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Armour Collection

"Unyielding, timeless, and steeped in history - the allure transcends time

Background imageArmour Collection: Albrecht Durers Rhinoceros

Albrecht Durers Rhinoceros
An Indian rhinoceros, is the largest of the Asian species, as depicted by Albrecht Durer. It has a thick, dark grey hide, which folds like armour

Background imageArmour Collection: Dover Castle siege J020152

Dover Castle siege J020152
DOVER CASTLE, Kent. The siege of 1216. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn, English Heritage Graphics Team, of the French attack on the collapsed North Gate, East tower

Background imageArmour Collection: A Man in Armour, 1655. Oil on canvas. Rembrandt van Rijn (1606- 1669 ) Dutch painter

A Man in Armour, 1655. Oil on canvas. Rembrandt van Rijn (1606- 1669 ) Dutch painter and etcher. Helmet Cuirass Lance Shield Cloak Red Profile

Background imageArmour Collection: Battle of Hastings IC008_018

Battle of Hastings IC008_018
BATTLE ABBEY, East Sussex. Battle of Hastings 1066. Reconstruction drawing by Jason Askew

Background imageArmour Collection: Scipio Africanus meeting Hannibal at Battle of Zama

Scipio Africanus meeting Hannibal at Battle of Zama
SECOND PUNIC WAR : the Roman general and statesman Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus meets the Carthaginian leader Hannibal before defeating him at the Battle of Zama, near Carthage in North Africa

Background imageArmour Collection: Willys Jeep

Willys Jeep

Background imageArmour Collection: The statue of Robert the Bruce, at the Bruce Monument at Bannockburn

The statue of Robert the Bruce, at the Bruce Monument at Bannockburn. This commemorates his 1314 victory over the English

Background imageArmour Collection: Statue of St. Joan of Arc with coloured light from stained glass, Church of Notre Dame

Statue of St. Joan of Arc with coloured light from stained glass, Church of Notre Dame, Vitre, Brittany, France, Europe

Background imageArmour Collection: Roman infantry practising combat J050053

Roman infantry practising combat J050053
HADRIANs WALL: BIRDOSWALD ROMAN FORT, Cumbria. Reconstruction drawing by Philip Corke of Roman auxiliary infantry practising combat in the Drill Hall. hadrian

Background imageArmour Collection: Ancient Roman costume

Ancient Roman costume from the time of the late Roman Republic -- warriors, legionnaires (infantry soldiers), a cavalryman, a centurion, an emperor in purple (red), an ensign bearer

Background imageArmour Collection: Battle of Agincourt about to begin, 1415

Battle of Agincourt about to begin, 1415
English army on the morning of battle at Agincourt, Hundred Years War, 1415. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageArmour Collection: Roman legionary soldier IC048_145

Roman legionary soldier IC048_145
Reconstruction drawing by Nick Hardcastle depicting a Roman legionary soldier stationed at Hadrians Wall in about 120AD, with a section of the wall being constructed in the background

Background imageArmour Collection: Don Quixote riding with Sancho Panza

Don Quixote riding with Sancho Panza
A scene from Cervantes novel Don Quixote -- the hero of the title rides with his companion Sancho Panza along a mountain pass

Background imageArmour Collection: St. George patron saint of England

St. George patron saint of England
Our Ancient Word of Courage, Fair St. George - The Patron Saint of England. Pictured here by Georges Scott (1873-1943) expertly slaying the dragon, despite looking quite like a girl. Date: 1928

Background imageArmour Collection: In Manus Tuas Domine!, 1879, (1918). Artist: Briton Riviere

In Manus Tuas Domine!, 1879, (1918). Artist: Briton Riviere
In Manus Tuas Domine!, 1879, (1918). Painting held at the Manchester City Galleries, Manchester. From Bibbys Annual 1918, edited by Joseph Bibby. [The Priory Publishing Press, Liverpool, 1917]

Background imageArmour Collection: Death of Henry Percy (Harry Hotspur) at the Battle of Shrewsbury, 21 July 1403, (c1860)

Death of Henry Percy (Harry Hotspur) at the Battle of Shrewsbury, 21 July 1403, (c1860). Together with his uncle, Thomas Percy

Background imageArmour Collection: King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt

King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt, 25 October 1415. 1415

Background imageArmour Collection: Napoleonic Wars. Cuirassier. French Army. Heavy cavalry. Eng

Napoleonic Wars. Cuirassier. French Army. Heavy cavalry. Engraving. 1806

Background imageArmour Collection: Dover Castle siege J020153

Dover Castle siege J020153
Dover Castle, Kent. The siege of 1216, reconstruction artwork by Peter DUNN. The French undermining the Barbican & attacking the breach

Background imageArmour Collection: Knights of medieval Germany

Knights of medieval Germany
German knights in armor from 1300, 1315, and 1360. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageArmour Collection: Roman soldier J870380

Roman soldier J870380
MAIDEN CASTLE, Dorset. Reconstruction drawing of Roman soldier by Paul Birkbeck

Background imageArmour Collection: Dover Castle siege J020154

Dover Castle siege J020154
DOVER CASTLE, Kent. The siege of 1216. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn, English Heritage Graphics Team, of the French attacking the collapsed East Tower & North gate

Background imageArmour Collection: Battle of Hastings J960036

Battle of Hastings J960036
BATTLE ABBEY, East Sussex. Battle of Hastings 1066. Reconstruction drawing of the battle scene with soldiers by Ivan Lapper

Background imageArmour Collection: Battle of Hastings J000010

Battle of Hastings J000010
BATTLE ABBEY, East Sussex. Battle of Hastings reconstruction drawing looking over the heads of the English towards the Norman ranks, by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageArmour Collection: Territorial Army poster - Inter-war period

Territorial Army poster - Inter-war period
For England and Freedom! Join the Territorial Army. Recruitment poster Number 8. Chromolithograph after Lance Cattermole, published by His Majestys Stationery Office, 1938. Date: 1938

Background imageArmour Collection: Medieval knight on horseback

Medieval knight on horseback
Knight on horseback shaking his fist defiantly, England. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century John Gilbert painting

Background imageArmour Collection: Death of Hector by Achilles during the Trojan War

Death of Hector by Achilles during the Trojan War
Greek hero Achilles dragging Hectors body behind his chariot in the Trojan wars. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageArmour Collection: Chukchi Warrior in Armor

Chukchi Warrior in Armor
A Chukchi warrior of north- eastern Siberia, in a remarkable suit of armour apparently made from woven reeds. His wife and child admire him

Background imageArmour Collection: Cynric fighting the Britons at Old Sarum in 552 AD J030101

Cynric fighting the Britons at Old Sarum in 552 AD J030101
OLD SARUM, Wiltshire. Cynric of Wessex fighting the Britons at Searobyrg (Old Sarum) in 552 AD. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn, English Heritage Graphics Team

Background imageArmour Collection: Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell
OLIVER CROMWELL English soldier and statesman

Background imageArmour Collection: Birdoswald Roman Fort J050055

Birdoswald Roman Fort J050055
HADRIANs WALL: BIRDOSWALD ROMAN FORT. Reconstruction drawing of the granaries in the mid 3rd century AD. hadrian

Background imageArmour Collection: Edward refuses succour to his son at Crecy, 1346 (1864). Artist: James William Edmund Doyle

Edward refuses succour to his son at Crecy, 1346 (1864). Artist: James William Edmund Doyle
Edward refuses succour to his son at Crecy, 1864. King Edward III, (1312- 1377) standing on a hillside refusing succour to his son Edward the Black Prince, (1330-1376)) at the at the Battle of Crecy

Background imageArmour Collection: Richard II interrupting a tournament

Richard II interrupting a tournament
Richard II stopping a tournament between Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, and Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford -- a scene which comes at the beginning of Shakespeares play

Background imageArmour Collection: Longbowmen during the Hundred Years War

Longbowmen during the Hundred Years War
French archers from the town of Rheims, 1400s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageArmour Collection: Battle of Flodden Field J970041

Battle of Flodden Field J970041
BATTLE OF FLODDEN FIELD, Northumberland. Reconstruction drawing of the Battle of Flodden, 1513 by Ivan LAPPER

Background imageArmour Collection: Thorny Devil Near Newhaven Station, Nthn Territory, Australia

Thorny Devil Near Newhaven Station, Nthn Territory, Australia
DH-3160 Thorny Devil Near Newhaven Station, Nthn Territory, Australia Moloch horridus Don Hadden Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageArmour Collection: Samurai outfit at Museum of Matsuyama Castle

Samurai outfit at Museum of Matsuyama Castle, Matsuyama, Nagano Prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan, Asia

Background imageArmour Collection: Battle of Hastings J000018

Battle of Hastings J000018
BATTLE ABBEY, East Sussex. Battle of Hastings reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn, English Heritage Graphics Team. William pushes his helmet back to show troops he is alive

Background imageArmour Collection: Bayeux Tapestry 1067: Battle of Hastings, 14 October 1066. The death of Harold II

Bayeux Tapestry 1067: Battle of Hastings, 14 October 1066. The death of Harold II, last Anglo-Saxon king of England. Left, figure pulling arrow from eye and then being cut down by Norman knight

Background imageArmour Collection: Minerva Victorious over ignorance

Minerva Victorious over ignorance
Minervas Victorious over Ignorance. Spranger, Bartholomaeus (1546-1611). Oil on canvas

Background imageArmour Collection: Undersea exploration in 16th-century Europe

Undersea exploration in 16th-century Europe
Underwater diver and man-at-arms, France, 1532. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageArmour Collection: GASI2A-00006

GASI2A-00006
Japanese samurai warriors in full armor. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageArmour Collection: Jousting knights

Jousting knights
Knights competing in a tournament, Middle Ages. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageArmour Collection: Seljuk Turks defeated at Dorylaeum, First Crusade

Seljuk Turks defeated at Dorylaeum, First Crusade
Crusaders under Godfrey of Bouillon, defeating Muslim forces of Sultan Kilij Arslan at Dorylaeum in Asia Minor, 1097. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageArmour Collection: Crusaders Near Jerusalem

Crusaders Near Jerusalem
Crusaders under Richard I gain sight of Jerusalem, though they were unable to seize it from the Saracens

Background imageArmour Collection: House to house fighting in Stalingrad, USSR

House to house fighting in Stalingrad, USSR
House to house fighting during the bitter battle amongst the ruins of the battered city of Stalingrad (Volgograd), USSR

Background imageArmour Collection: Kenilworth Castle M863028

Kenilworth Castle M863028
KENILWORTH CASTLE, Warwickshire. Reconstruction drawing by Ivan Lapper of a knight on horseback at a jousting tournament with the castle in the distance

Background imageArmour Collection: Hundred Years War. 1337 to 1453. Battle. Miniature. 15th c

Hundred Years War. 1337 to 1453. Battle. Miniature. 15th c
Hundred Years War. Conflicts waged from 1337 to 1453, pitted the Kingdom of England against the Valois Capetians for control of the French throne. Battle. Miniature. 15th century



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"Unyielding, timeless, and steeped in history - the allure transcends time. From Albrecht Durer's iconic depiction of a rhinoceros clad in impenetrable plates to Rembrandt van Rijn's mesmerizing portrayal of a man adorned with steel, these masterpieces capture the essence of strength and protection. The Battle of Hastings, immortalized in IC008_018, showcases the pivotal role that armour played in shaping destinies. As knights donned their suits of armor atop majestic horses like the Willys Jeep charging into battle, they became living embodiments of power and resilience. Intricately crafted statues like St. Joan of Arc standing resolute amidst colored light streaming through stained glass windows at Notre Dame Church or Robert the Bruce overseeing Bannockburn from his monument evoke awe-inspiring images that echo through centuries. Armour is not limited to medieval times; it has witnessed countless clashes throughout history. The meeting between Scipio Africanus and Hannibal at the Battle of Zama stands as a testament to its enduring significance. Similarly, Agincourt marks an indelible moment when English archers faced French knights on fields drenched in valor. Roman infantry honed their combat skills relentlessly while wearing meticulously designed attire that epitomized both functionality and grandeur. Napoleonic Wars saw fearless cuirassiers charging fearlessly into battle under heavy cavalry regalia - symbols of invincibility etched into memory forever. From ancient Rome to Dover Castle sieges captured by J020152's lens, it has safeguarded lives while becoming an emblematic representation for courage against all odds. "