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Bad News Collection

"Unexpected Visitors: Foxhounds Invade Victorian House, Bringing Bad News" In a quaint Victorian house, chaos ensues as foxhounds break through the doors and windows

Background imageBad News Collection: Foxhounds invading a Victorian house

Foxhounds invading a Victorian house
A member of the local fox hunt has followed the foxhounds into a smart house - thankfully, without his horse - where the behaviour of the hounds is causing considerable uproar

Background imageBad News Collection: Breaking bad news

Breaking bad news
MODEL RELEASED. Breaking bad news. General practitioner breaking bad news to an elderly patient

Background imageBad News Collection: Black and white Border Collie puppy, sitting and looking up

Black and white Border Collie puppy, sitting and looking up

Background imageBad News Collection: King David is inconsolable on receiving the news of the death of his son Absalom

King David is inconsolable on receiving the news of the death of his son Absalom, Illustration from the Dore Bible
3665426 King David is inconsolable on receiving the news of the death of his son Absalom, Illustration from the Dore Bible, 1866 by Dore

Background imageBad News Collection: Bad news from the Front, 1886. Creator: Unknown

Bad news from the Front, 1886. Creator: Unknown
Bad news from the Front, 1886. From " The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33. January to June, 1886"

Background imageBad News Collection: The Fortune Teller (oil on canvas)

The Fortune Teller (oil on canvas)
5055374 The Fortune Teller (oil on canvas) by Halle, Charles Edward (1846-1914); 107x122.5 cm; Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust, UK; Sheffield Museums Trust

Background imageBad News Collection: La Vertu Irresolue, engraved by Louis Dennel (1741-86) (engraving)

La Vertu Irresolue, engraved by Louis Dennel (1741-86) (engraving)
1202216 La Vertu Irresolue, engraved by Louis Dennel (1741-86) (engraving) by Vigee-Lebrun, Elisabeth Louise (1755-1842) (after); 39x26 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christies Images

Background imageBad News Collection: Irresolute Virtue (oil on canvas)

Irresolute Virtue (oil on canvas)
490412 Irresolute Virtue (oil on canvas) by Vigee-Lebrun, Elisabeth Louise (1755-1842); 48.5x39 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: La Vertu Irresolue); Photo © Christies Images

Background imageBad News Collection: Bad News for Egbert. A. D. 835 (colour litho)

Bad News for Egbert. A. D. 835 (colour litho)
670168 Bad News for Egbert. A.D. 835 (colour litho) by Moreland, Arthur (1876-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bad News for Egbert. A.D. 835)

Background imageBad News Collection: The Confidante, 1910 (oil on canvas)

The Confidante, 1910 (oil on canvas)
658439 The Confidante, 1910 (oil on canvas) by Villegas y Cordero, Jose (1844-1921); 150x150 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Confidante. Jose Villegas Cordero (1848-1921). Oil on canvas

Background imageBad News Collection: A Messenger from Flodden bringing the Bad News to Edinburgh (colour litho)

A Messenger from Flodden bringing the Bad News to Edinburgh (colour litho)
3101139 A Messenger from Flodden bringing the Bad News to Edinburgh (colour litho) by Stewart, Allan (1865-1951) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBad News Collection: The death of Cleopatra

The death of Cleopatra
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, on her death bed. Cleopatra VII Philopator was a pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt. She came from a Macedonian Greek family and is known for her beauty and her dramatic death

Background imageBad News Collection: News from Sebastapol, 1875 (oil on canvas)

News from Sebastapol, 1875 (oil on canvas)
CH378427 News from Sebastapol, 1875 (oil on canvas) by Cope, Charles West (1811-90); Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageBad News Collection: Woman learning of a bank failure and the loss of her money (litho)

Woman learning of a bank failure and the loss of her money (litho)
5217619 Woman learning of a bank failure and the loss of her money (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBad News Collection: A Lady in an Interior, in a Yellow Satin Dress, with a Globe on a Table Beside her

A Lady in an Interior, in a Yellow Satin Dress, with a Globe on a Table Beside her
827642 A Lady in an Interior, in a Yellow Satin Dress, with a Globe on a Table Beside her, Mourning the Absence of her Husband, (oil on panel, unframed) by Gorp

Background imageBad News Collection: Louis XVI of France receiving the news of his conviction for treason from his lawyer, Malesherbes

Louis XVI of France receiving the news of his conviction for treason from his lawyer, Malesherbes, 1793 (engraving)
3647581 Louis XVI of France receiving the news of his conviction for treason from his lawyer, Malesherbes, 1793 (engraving) by Lix

Background imageBad News Collection: 'We have suffered defeat', scene from Outwitted (colour litho)

"We have suffered defeat", scene from Outwitted (colour litho)
5996186 " We have suffered defeat", scene from Outwitted (colour litho) by Brock, Charles Edmund (1870-1938); Private Collection; (add.info.: " We have suffered defeat")

Background imageBad News Collection: 'Pray for Me'(colour litho)

"Pray for Me"(colour litho)
978016 " Pray for Me" (colour litho) by Wells, Henry Tanworth (1828-1903); Private Collection; (add.info.: " Pray for Me")

Background imageBad News Collection: Bad News from the Front (engraving)

Bad News from the Front (engraving)
1062150 Bad News from the Front (engraving) by Charlton, John (1849-1917) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bad News from the Front)

Background imageBad News Collection: The Letter, (pastel on paper)

The Letter, (pastel on paper)
658380 The Letter, (pastel on paper) by Enjolras, Delphin (1857-1945); 73x54 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Letter. Delphin Enjolras (1857-1945). Pastel on paper

Background imageBad News Collection: Portrait of a Lady, (oil on board)

Portrait of a Lady, (oil on board)
658902 Portrait of a Lady, (oil on board) by Bianchi, Mose (1836-93); 68.5x50 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Portrait of a Lady. Mose Bianchi (1840-1904). Oil on board

Background imageBad News Collection: The War is Dead; La Guerre est Morte, (pencil and watercolour heightened with white)

The War is Dead; La Guerre est Morte, (pencil and watercolour heightened with white)
658694 The War is Dead; La Guerre est Morte, (pencil and watercolour heightened with white) by Wegener, Gerda Marie Frederike (1885-1940); 26.7x17.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBad News Collection: The Fishermens Return, 1912 (oil on canvas)

The Fishermens Return, 1912 (oil on canvas)
659589 The Fishermens Return, 1912 (oil on canvas) by Zoir, Emil (1861-1936); 116x140 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fishermens Return. Emil Zoir (1860-1920). Oil on canvas. Dated 1912

Background imageBad News Collection: The Letter

The Letter
MHB68209 The Letter by Stone, Marcus (1840-1921); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageBad News Collection: Bad News! (engraving)

Bad News! (engraving)
1592138 Bad News! (engraving) by Moody, Fannie (b.1861-97); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bad News! Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 28 November 1891)

Background imageBad News Collection: The Dauphin receiving news of the death of Charles VI (chromolitho)

The Dauphin receiving news of the death of Charles VI (chromolitho)
979238 The Dauphin receiving news of the death of Charles VI (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBad News Collection: The Letter, 1912 (oil on canvas)

The Letter, 1912 (oil on canvas)
CH378441 The Letter, 1912 (oil on canvas) by Kennington, Thomas Benjamin (1856-1916); Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageBad News Collection: Sir, there is only room for one. Another train departs in three hours (chromolitho)

Sir, there is only room for one. Another train departs in three hours (chromolitho)
2817173 Sir, there is only room for one. Another train departs in three hours (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir, there is only room for one)

Background imageBad News Collection: Telegram, 1894 (oil on canvas)

Telegram, 1894 (oil on canvas)
5614480 Telegram, 1894 (oil on canvas) by Czech School, (19th century); 97x92 cm; Narodni Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic; (add.info.: by Luisa Ehrlerova who married Heinrich Max)

Background imageBad News Collection: The Letter, (oil on canvas)

The Letter, (oil on canvas)
827476 The Letter, (oil on canvas) by Ribot, Auguste Theodule (1823-91); 73.7x59.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Letter. Theodule Ribot (1823-1891). Oil on canvas

Background imageBad News Collection: The effect of the news of Prussias defeat at the Battle of Jena-Auerstadt on the streets of Berlin

The effect of the news of Prussias defeat at the Battle of Jena-Auerstadt on the streets of Berlin (colour litho)
3621041 The effect of the news of Prussias defeat at the Battle of Jena-Auerstadt on the streets of Berlin (colour litho) by Rochling

Background imageBad News Collection: Napoleon receives news of the death of his best friend, Marshal Lannes

Napoleon receives news of the death of his best friend, Marshal Lannes, at the Battle of Aspern-Essling
3100870 Napoleon receives news of the death of his best friend, Marshal Lannes, at the Battle of Aspern-Essling, May 1809 (colour litho) by Job, pseudonym for Onfray de Breville

Background imageBad News Collection: Eva listened aghast, then, sank against the wall sobbing desperately... (oil on panel)

Eva listened aghast, then, sank against the wall sobbing desperately... (oil on panel)
2616350 Eva listened aghast, then, sank against the wall sobbing desperately.... (oil on panel) by Cuneo, Cyrus (1879-1916); 32x21 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: This image)

Background imageBad News Collection: Friday brings alarming news (chromolitho)

Friday brings alarming news (chromolitho)
968969 Friday brings alarming news (chromolitho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Friday brings alarming news. Scene from Robinson Crusoe)

Background imageBad News Collection: William of Orange receiving the news of the birth of the Prince of Wales, 1688 (engraving)

William of Orange receiving the news of the birth of the Prince of Wales, 1688 (engraving)
3647534 William of Orange receiving the news of the birth of the Prince of Wales, 1688 (engraving) by Philippoteaux, Paul Dominique (1846-1923); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBad News Collection: War, 1883 (oil on canvas)

War, 1883 (oil on canvas)
BUR17348 War, 1883 (oil on canvas) by Merritt, Anna Lea (1844-1930); Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK; eBury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre; American, out of copyright

Background imageBad News Collection: The Dream of Lancelot, (coloured chalks on buff paper)

The Dream of Lancelot, (coloured chalks on buff paper)
1199598 The Dream of Lancelot, (coloured chalks on buff paper) by Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833-98); 100.5x124.5 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageBad News Collection: A Passing Cloud (oil on canvas)

A Passing Cloud (oil on canvas)
1772137 A Passing Cloud (oil on canvas) by Hughes, Arthur (1832-1915); 98x62 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Passing Cloud. Arthur Hughes (1830-1915). Oil on canvas

Background imageBad News Collection: David Casting Off His Robes at the News of the Death of His Son, 1540

David Casting Off His Robes at the News of the Death of His Son, 1540

Background imageBad News Collection: Ringo Starr (left) and George Harrison (right) of The Beatles face the press on the news

Ringo Starr (left) and George Harrison (right) of The Beatles face the press on the news that their manager Brian Epstein has died

Background imageBad News Collection: News from the War, published 1862. Creator: Winslow Homer

News from the War, published 1862. Creator: Winslow Homer
News from the War, published 1862

Background imageBad News Collection: Disapproving man discovering another proposing to a lady

Disapproving man discovering another proposing to a lady
A profoundly disapproving man objecting to the intentions of a military officer who is down on one knee proposing to a shocked-looking lady. The gardener in the background looks maliciously amused

Background imageBad News Collection: Outraged

Outraged
It is difficult to know who is the more outraged here - the gentleman with the beard, the servant, or the group of people at this social gathering

Background imageBad News Collection: Bad News Upon Change, December 28, 1794. December 28, 1794. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson

Bad News Upon Change, December 28, 1794. December 28, 1794. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson
Bad News Upon Change, December 28, 1794

Background imageBad News Collection: April - Kate Greenaway, 1884

April - Kate Greenaway, 1884
From the Kate Greenaway Almanack for 1884, an illustration for the month of April. The Almanack for 1884 by Kate Greenaway was published by George Routledge & Sons of London and New York

Background imageBad News Collection: Old man falling into a hedge

Old man falling into a hedge
An old man - probably a gardener - falling backwards into a hedge. From Lob Lie-By-The-Fire, or The Luck of Lingborougha by Juliana Horatia Ewing (184101885)



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"Unexpected Visitors: Foxhounds Invade Victorian House, Bringing Bad News" In a quaint Victorian house, chaos ensues as foxhounds break through the doors and windows. This invasion of unexpected guests brings with it a foreboding sense of bad news. The once serene atmosphere is shattered by the commotion caused by these unruly creatures. Meanwhile, in another corner of this historical era, breaking bad news becomes an art form. Two distinguished gentlemen engage in a heated argument amidst the peacefulness of a park. Their faces etched with concern and distress as they exchange words that carry heavy weight. Amidst all this turmoil, a black and white Border Collie puppy sits innocently, looking up at us with wide eyes filled with curiosity. Unaware of the impending storm or the gravity of what's to come, this adorable creature represents innocence amidst chaos. The scene shifts to biblical times where King David receives devastating news about his beloved son Absalom's death. In an illustration from the Dore Bible dated 1866, we witness King David's inconsolable grief upon hearing this tragic information. His sorrow echoes through time as we empathize with his pain. Fast forward to 1886 when war takes center stage - "Bad News from the Front. " An unknown creator captures soldiers' expressions upon receiving heartbreaking updates from their loved ones far away on battlefields. Faces etched with despair reveal how even brave warriors can be shattered by bad news. Artistic interpretations continue to depict various forms of unsettling tidings throughout history - such as "The Fortune Teller, " revealing secrets that may bring anguish or uncertainty; "La Vertu Irresolue, " engraved by Louis Dennel (1741-86), showcasing virtue wavering in its resolve; and "Irresolute Virtue, " portrayed on canvas where inner conflicts arise due to troubling revelations. Even comedic relief cannot escape misfortune's grasp - depicted in "Bad News for Egbert. A. D.