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Burden Collection

In the realm of human existence, burden is an ever-present companion

Background imageBurden Collection: sisyphus

sisyphus
Jeffrey Hummel

Background imageBurden Collection: The barge haulers, the volga boatmen, or, in russian, burlaki

The barge haulers, the volga boatmen, or, in russian, burlaki, a painting by ilya repin from the early 1870s

Background imageBurden Collection: A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony, c. 1766 (colour etching)

A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony, c. 1766 (colour etching)
XCF290992 A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony, c.1766 (colour etching) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: subtitled A Monkey, A Magpie and Wife)

Background imageBurden Collection: Guiltcross Union Workhouse, Kenninghall, Norfolk

Guiltcross Union Workhouse, Kenninghall, Norfolk
The Guiltcross Union Workhouse, designed by William Thorold, was erected in 1836-7 at Kenninghall, Norfolk. After its closure in 1902 the site was acquired by the Rev Harold Burden

Background imageBurden Collection: Jane Morris, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865 (albumen print)

Jane Morris, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865 (albumen print)
XJF438485 Jane Morris, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865 (albumen print) by Parsons, John R. (fl.1860s); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurden Collection: Jane Morris, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865 (albumen print)

Jane Morris, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865 (albumen print)
XJF438480 Jane Morris, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865 (albumen print) by Parsons, John R. (fl.1860s); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurden Collection: Jane Morris, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865 (albumen print)

Jane Morris, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865 (albumen print)
XJF438486 Jane Morris, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865 (albumen print) by Parsons, John R. (fl.1860s); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurden Collection: Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry his Cross (colour litho)

Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry his Cross (colour litho)
5226673 Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry his Cross (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info.: Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry his Cross)

Background imageBurden Collection: The Pillar of the State, or John Bull Overloaded, after Cruikshank in 1819

The Pillar of the State, or John Bull Overloaded, after Cruikshank in 1819
BAL75679 " The Pillar of the State, or John Bull Overloaded", after Cruikshank in 1819, 1827 (engraving) (see 22565) by Heath, Henry (fl.1824-35); Private Collection; English

Background imageBurden Collection: Cross-Section of the Emigrant Ship Bourneuf, 1852

Cross-Section of the Emigrant Ship Bourneuf, 1852
Cross-section of the emigrant ship Bourneuf of Liverpool, showing the layout of the passengers quarters, 1852. This ship, of 1495 Tons burden was used for the transport of government passengers to

Background imageBurden Collection: Turriff-Burden advertisement - Iraq oil pipelines

Turriff-Burden advertisement - Iraq oil pipelines
Advertisement for Turriff-Burden Ltd of Brentford, UK, who supplied 315 miles of pipeline for the Iraq Petroleum Company in the 1960s. Date: 1961

Background imageBurden Collection: Banana seller, Village of Masango, Cibitoke Province, Burundi, Africa

Banana seller, Village of Masango, Cibitoke Province, Burundi, Africa

Background imageBurden Collection: Christian Loses His Burden, c1916. Artist: William Strang

Christian Loses His Burden, c1916. Artist: William Strang
Christian Loses His Burden, c1916. An illustration from John Bunyans The Pilgrims Progress. An English nonconformist preacher and writer

Background imageBurden Collection: British soldier bears to the firing line WWI

British soldier bears to the firing line WWI
Double page showing a British private soldier, commonly know as a Tommy, showing a diagram of tools and equipment that he would have carried when marching to the trenches in World War One. 1915

Background imageBurden Collection: Woodcote Park Golf Club 1935

Woodcote Park Golf Club 1935
Three members of the Woodcote Park Golf Club, Coulsdon, Surrey. From left to right, E.A.R. Burden (secretary and ex-captain), Graham Carr (captain) and Richard Gibson (ex-captain) Date: 1935

Background imageBurden Collection: Lonely woman

Lonely woman

Background imageBurden Collection: Diani Beach, near Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa, Africa

Diani Beach, near Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa, Africa

Background imageBurden Collection: A burden woman in Hanoi street, Vietnam

A burden woman in Hanoi street, Vietnam

Background imageBurden Collection: Peat cutting, Connemara, County Galway, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Peat cutting, Connemara, County Galway, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Background imageBurden Collection: Messina - Italy - A Donkey carrying turnips

Messina - Italy - A Donkey carrying turnips
The quayside at Messina - Italy - A Donkey carrying turnips in side pannier bags Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBurden Collection: The Barge Haulers, The Volga Boatmen, Or, in Russian, Burlaki

The Barge Haulers, The Volga Boatmen, Or, in Russian, Burlaki, a Painting by Ilya Repin from the Early 1870s
3907017 The Barge Haulers, The Volga Boatmen, Or, in Russian, Burlaki, a Painting by Ilya Repin from the Early 1870s. by.; (add.info.: The Barge Haulers, The Volga Boatmen, Or, in Russian, Burlaki)

Background imageBurden Collection: Christ bearing the Cross (verso), 1420. Creator: Anon

Christ bearing the Cross (verso), 1420. Creator: Anon
Christ bearing the Cross (verso), 1420. This panel, which is painted on both sides, may be the wing of a diptych or a triptych

Background imageBurden Collection: Lioness moving her cub

Lioness moving her cub
Xavier Ortega

Background imageBurden Collection: Duet

Duet
Rob Li

Background imageBurden Collection: Duet-3

Duet-3
Rob Li

Background imageBurden Collection: 1840, Illustration depicting the ascent by a horse and cart of a steep Scottish highland road

1840, Illustration depicting the ascent by a horse and cart of a steep Scottish highland road
5311458 1840, Illustration depicting the ascent by a horse and cart of a steep Scottish highland road; (add.info.: Date: 1840); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurden Collection: Dromedary camel Camelus dromedarius

Dromedary camel Camelus dromedarius
5856429 Dromedary camel Camelus dromedarius; (add.info.: Dromedary camel Camelus dromedarius Hand-colored copperplate engraving from a drawing by Johann Ihle from Ebenezer Sibly's "Universal)

Background imageBurden Collection: Christian relieved of his burden. From The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. 19th century print

Christian relieved of his burden. From The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. 19th century print
2603526 Christian relieved of his burden. From The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. 19th century print.; (add.info)

Background imageBurden Collection: Clerk, Bookkeeper or accountant struggling with accounts ledgers, 1878

Clerk, Bookkeeper or accountant struggling with accounts ledgers, 1878
3478920 Clerk, Bookkeeper or accountant struggling with accounts ledgers, 1878; (add.info.: Clerk, Bookkeeper or accountant struggling with accounts ledgers, 1878.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurden Collection: Scottish woman coal bearer carrying coal to the surface, 1848

Scottish woman coal bearer carrying coal to the surface, 1848
3478855 Scottish woman coal bearer carrying coal to the surface, 1848; (add.info.: Scottish woman coal bearer carrying coal to the surface, 1848.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurden Collection: Clerk at his desk in an office in Victorian London, 1884

Clerk at his desk in an office in Victorian London, 1884
3478924 Clerk at his desk in an office in Victorian London, 1884; (add.info.: Clerk at his desk in an office in Victorian London, 1884.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurden Collection: Jesus meets his mother, Mary, while carrying his Cross (colour litho)

Jesus meets his mother, Mary, while carrying his Cross (colour litho)
5226675 Jesus meets his mother, Mary, while carrying his Cross (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jesus meets his mother, Mary, while carrying his Cross)

Background imageBurden Collection: Jesus falls for the second time while carrying his Cross (colour litho)

Jesus falls for the second time while carrying his Cross (colour litho)
5226672 Jesus falls for the second time while carrying his Cross (colour litho) by Fugel, Gebhard (1863-1939); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBurden Collection: British soldier in uniform, 1915, WW1

British soldier in uniform, 1915, WW1
A British private soldier, commonly known as a Tommy with annotations showing the tools and equipment that made up his kit when marching to the trenches during the First World War

Background imageBurden Collection: Cartoon of the treacherous Lord Bute receiving a reward while the old patriot Englishman is taxed

Cartoon of the treacherous Lord Bute receiving a reward while the old patriot Englishman is taxed until he is bent
FLO4717869 Cartoon of the treacherous Lord Bute receiving a reward while the old patriot Englishman is taxed until he is bent double

Background imageBurden Collection: Clearing House at the Bank of England, 1881

Clearing House at the Bank of England, 1881
3478921 Clearing House at the Bank of England, 1881; (add.info.: Clearing House at the Bank of England, London 1881.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurden Collection: Native bearers carry equipment across central Africa for Colonel Jean-Baptiste Marchand, 1900

Native bearers carry equipment across central Africa for Colonel Jean-Baptiste Marchand, 1900
3480875 Native bearers carry equipment across central Africa for Colonel Jean-Baptiste Marchand, 1900; (add.info.: Native bearers carry equipment across central Africa for Colonel Jean-Baptiste)

Background imageBurden Collection: Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic

Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic
6266148 Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic; (add.info.: Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic c.400 BC -323 BC, about to throw away his cup which he considered merely an encumbrance after seeing a)

Background imageBurden Collection: Street trader, 1885

Street trader, 1885
3478818 Street trader, 1885; (add.info.: Street trader (basket seller), Copenhagen, Denmark, 1885.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBurden Collection: Clerk at his desk in an office in Victorian London, 1876

Clerk at his desk in an office in Victorian London, 1876
3478926 Clerk at his desk in an office in Victorian London, 1876; (add.info.: Clerk at his desk in an office in Victorian London, watching as two managers converse)

Background imageBurden Collection: Clerk in Victorian London, passing a message to a messenger, 1884

Clerk in Victorian London, passing a message to a messenger, 1884
3478925 Clerk in Victorian London, passing a message to a messenger, 1884; (add.info.: Clerk at his desk in an office in Victorian London, passing a message to a messenger)

Background imageBurden Collection: Unloading coal

Unloading coal
Mostafijur Rahman Nasim

Background imageBurden Collection: going back

going back
dodyherawan

Background imageBurden Collection: The Waiter

The Waiter
Izidor Gasperlin

Background imageBurden Collection: water

water
Pavol Stranak

Background imageBurden Collection: Coal unloading

Coal unloading
Marcel Rebro

Background imageBurden Collection: Reinventing myself

Reinventing myself
Trevor Cole

Background imageBurden Collection: Wadi Musa

Wadi Musa
Evelin Dobrev



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In the realm of human existence, burden is an ever-present companion. Like Sisyphus endlessly pushing his boulder up a hill, we find ourselves weighed down by the weight of our responsibilities and troubles, and is as if we are A Man Loaded with Mischief or Matrimony, carrying the consequences of our actions on our shoulders. Guiltcross Union Workhouse in Kenninghall, Norfolk stands as a haunting reminder of the burdens society places upon its most vulnerable members. Within those walls, lives were marked by hardship and struggle, their burdens too heavy to bear alone. Jane Morris, portrayed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1865 albumen prints, captures a woman burdened not only by her physical presence but also by the expectations placed upon her. Her beauty becomes both a blessing and a curse as she carries the weight of societal ideals. From far-off lands like Burundi in Africa comes another image that speaks volumes about burden - a Banana seller from the Village of Masango. In poverty-stricken regions such as this one, individuals carry not only their own struggles but also those imposed upon them by circumstances beyond their control. Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to carry his Cross serves as an iconic representation of bearing another's burden. This act reminds us that sometimes it is through shared strength and compassion that we can alleviate each other's suffering. The horrors witnessed during World War I saw British soldiers bravely shouldering immense burdens as they marched towards the firing line. Their sacrifice exemplifies how duty can become an overwhelming weight on one's soul. Even everyday scenes like Messina - Italy - A Donkey carrying turnips or Woodcote Park Golf Club in 1935 show us that even mundane tasks can be seen as burdensome when repeated day after day without respite. And let us not forget those who embarked on treacherous journeys seeking new beginnings aboard ships like Cross-Section of the Emigrant Ship Bourneuf in 1852.