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Caen Collection

"Discover the historic charm of Caen, France - a city steeped in rich heritage and captivating landmarks

Background imageCaen Collection: Caen, France - Saint Etienne Church and Abbey

Caen, France - Saint Etienne Church and Abbey (Abbaye aux Hommes), semi-circular apse and high school. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCaen Collection: Caen flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Devizes, Wiltshire

Caen flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Devizes, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCaen Collection: The Cafe Gondree - the first house to be liberated on D Day

The Cafe Gondree - the first house to be liberated on D Day, June 1944. Normandy, France. The cafe sits beside the Pegasus Bridge on the Caen Canal Date: 1992

Background imageCaen Collection: The harbor, Caen, France

The harbor, Caen, France. Date between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900

Background imageCaen Collection: Abbaye aux Hommes and Mairie de Caen, Caen, Normandy, France

Abbaye aux Hommes and Mairie de Caen, Caen, Normandy, France

Background imageCaen Collection: Searching for isolated pockets of resistance and snipers

Searching for isolated pockets of resistance and snipers, Canadians move cautiously through a rubble-strewn street of Caen. July 1944

Background imageCaen Collection: France, Normandy Region, Calvados Department, Caen, Abbaye Aux Hommes abbey and Eglise

France, Normandy Region, Calvados Department, Caen, Abbaye Aux Hommes abbey and Eglise St-Etienne church

Background imageCaen Collection: France Caen Place Saint Gilles pre-1900

France Caen Place Saint Gilles pre-1900

Background imageCaen Collection: Workshop, Caen, France

Workshop, Caen, France

Background imageCaen Collection: France Caen workshop pre-1900

France Caen workshop pre-1900

Background imageCaen Collection: Plas St Giles, Caen, France

Plas St Giles, Caen, France

Background imageCaen Collection: St. Pierre, Caen, 1830 (w/c on paper)

St. Pierre, Caen, 1830 (w/c on paper)
MAN329188 St. Pierre, Caen, 1830 (w/c on paper) by Roberts, David (1796-1864); Manchester Art Gallery, UK; © Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageCaen Collection: Law Courts, Caen, 1787 (engraving)

Law Courts, Caen, 1787 (engraving)
1721361 Law Courts, Caen, 1787 (engraving) by French School, (18th century); (add.info.: Caen, France : law courts, engraving, 1787)

Background imageCaen Collection: Caen: the washerwomen (colour litho)

Caen: the washerwomen (colour litho)
3621995 Caen: the washerwomen (colour litho) by Crane, Thomas (1808-59); Private Collection; (add.info.: Caen: the washerwomen)

Background imageCaen Collection: Caen: the hotel kitchen (colour litho)

Caen: the hotel kitchen (colour litho)
3621992 Caen: the hotel kitchen (colour litho) by Crane, Thomas (1808-59); Private Collection; (add.info.: Caen: the hotel kitchen)

Background imageCaen Collection: Washerwomen of Caen

Washerwomen of Caen
3779479 Washerwomen of Caen by Crane, Thomas (1808-59); (add.info.: Washerwomen of Caen, France in late 19th century. Beating washing with wooden mallets, and scrubbing laundry near river Orne. 1882)

Background imageCaen Collection: Ruins of Caen, Normandy, after Allied artillery and air bombardment before the city was captured

Ruins of Caen, Normandy, after Allied artillery and air bombardment before the city was captured from the Germans
6015148 Ruins of Caen, Normandy, after Allied artillery and air bombardment before the city was captured from the Germans, World War II, July 1944 (photo) by English Photographer

Background imageCaen Collection: Rambling Sketches, Caen (engraving)

Rambling Sketches, Caen (engraving)
1628241 Rambling Sketches, Caen (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Rambling Sketches, Caen. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 15 June 1895)

Background imageCaen Collection: Caen Wood

Caen Wood
A view of Caen Wood in 1875 - the home of Lord Mansfield (1705-1793). Date: 1875

Background imageCaen Collection: Swainston Manor, Isle of Wight, seat of Sir Fitzwilliam

Swainston Manor, Isle of Wight, seat of Sir Fitzwilliam Barrington, 10th baronet. Built in the 18th century. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after an illustration by John Gendall from Rudolph

Background imageCaen Collection: Le Bassin de Caen, 1887 (oil on canvas)

Le Bassin de Caen, 1887 (oil on canvas)
656600 Le Bassin de Caen, 1887 (oil on canvas) by Lepine, Stanislas Victor Edouard (1835-92); 73x92 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Bassin de Caen. Stanislas Lepine (1835-1892). Oil on canvas

Background imageCaen Collection: Arms of the Pastry Guild of Caen (engraving)

Arms of the Pastry Guild of Caen (engraving)
XJF465197 Arms of the Pastry Guild of Caen (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Banniere de la corporation des patissiers de Caen; ); French, out of copyright

Background imageCaen Collection: The Battle near Caen which is conquered by the King of England (engraving)

The Battle near Caen which is conquered by the King of England (engraving)
814436 The Battle near Caen which is conquered by the King of England (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCaen Collection: Liberators Memorial, Escoville, Normandy

Liberators Memorial, Escoville, Normandy
Escoville is inland and east of the River Orne, right in the area allocated to the Special Forces and Commandos, and blocking the route to Caen

Background imageCaen Collection: Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Lebisey, Normandy

Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Lebisey, Normandy
This Memorial to the 2nd Battalion marks the German front line 6 June to 9 July 1944 during the intense fighting for Caen

Background imageCaen Collection: Royal Norfolk Regiment Memorial, Bieville-Berville

Royal Norfolk Regiment Memorial, Bieville-Berville
The Norfolks were part of the 59th (Staffordshire) Division, a follow-up force that landed on 25 June and was heavily involved in the fighting for Caen - it vies with the 3rd Canadian Divison for

Background imageCaen Collection: Walls of the Convent of St. Clare or Minoresses, 1797

Walls of the Convent of St. Clare or Minoresses, 1797
Parts of the north and east walls of the Convent of St. Clare or Minoresses, founded 1293. After the fire of March 23, 1797. Walls of Caen stone and chalk, timber oak and chestnut

Background imageCaen Collection: Caen, Tour des Gens d armes (colour photo)

Caen, Tour des Gens d armes (colour photo)
2803508 Caen, Tour des Gens d armes (colour photo) by French Photographer, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Caen, Tour des Gens d armes)

Background imageCaen Collection: Victorian holidays - hotel at Caen

Victorian holidays - hotel at Caen
3779477 Victorian holidays - hotel at Caen by Crane, Thomas (1808-59); (add.info.: Victorian holidays - English tourist family in 19th century arriving at hotel at Caen, France)

Background imageCaen Collection: Church of St Pierre, at Caen (engraving)

Church of St Pierre, at Caen (engraving)
3649505 Church of St Pierre, at Caen (engraving) by Allom, Thomas (1804-72) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Church of St Pierre, at Caen. Eglishe de Saint-Pierre, a Caen)

Background imageCaen Collection: 59th (Staffordshire) Division Memorial St Contest

59th (Staffordshire) Division Memorial St Contest
The 59th was one of the first formations into Caen on 9 July 1944. It had been the last to arrive at the end of June. It was nickname the Pithead Division after its sign

Background imageCaen Collection: 59th (South Staffs) Division Memorial Galmanche

59th (South Staffs) Division Memorial Galmanche
The Division claims to be the first to enter Caen which it did on 9 July The small granite memorial was erected by the villagers of Sainte-Contest

Background imageCaen Collection: St Etienne, Caen (engraving)

St Etienne, Caen (engraving)
2780693 St Etienne, Caen (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: St Etienne, Caen. Illustration for Pictorial Architecture of France by H H Bishop (SPCK)

Background imageCaen Collection: The Discovery of Gold in Merionethshire, North Wales (engraving)

The Discovery of Gold in Merionethshire, North Wales (engraving)
1591587 The Discovery of Gold in Merionethshire, North Wales (engraving) by Loye, Charles Auguste (Montbard) (1841-1905); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Discovery of Gold in Merionethshire)

Background imageCaen Collection: Quay at Caen; Quai a Caen, (oil on canvas)

Quay at Caen; Quai a Caen, (oil on canvas)
656846 Quay at Caen; Quai a Caen, (oil on canvas) by Lepine, Stanislas Victor Edouard (1835-92); 55x56 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Quay at Caen; Quai a Caen. Stanislas Lepine (1835-1892)

Background imageCaen Collection: Caen: the hotel (colour litho)

Caen: the hotel (colour litho)
3621994 Caen: the hotel (colour litho) by Crane, Thomas (1808-59); Private Collection; (add.info.: Caen: the hotel. Illustration for Abroad by Thomas Crane and Ellen Houghton (Marcus Ward)

Background imageCaen Collection: The Emperor and Empress passing through Caen (engraving)

The Emperor and Empress passing through Caen (engraving)
2771621 The Emperor and Empress passing through Caen (engraving) by Gaildrau, Jules (1816-98) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Emperor and Empress passing through Caen)

Background imageCaen Collection: London to Paris, Notes from an Artists Sketch Book (engraving)

London to Paris, Notes from an Artists Sketch Book (engraving)
1054396 London to Paris, Notes from an Artists Sketch Book (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: London to Paris, Notes from an Artists Sketch Book)

Background imageCaen Collection: View up the canal from the lock gates at Caen, 1980-1900 (chromolitho)

View up the canal from the lock gates at Caen, 1980-1900 (chromolitho)
942785 View up the canal from the lock gates at Caen, 1980-1900 (chromolitho) by French Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; French, out of copyright

Background imageCaen Collection: View of Caen with the Abbey Saint Etienne in the background, 1890-1900 (chromolitho)

View of Caen with the Abbey Saint Etienne in the background, 1890-1900 (chromolitho)
942784 View of Caen with the Abbey Saint Etienne in the background, 1890-1900 (chromolitho) by French Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; French

Background imageCaen Collection: Tour des Gens d Armes, Caen, Calvados (chromolitho)

Tour des Gens d Armes, Caen, Calvados (chromolitho)
974667 Tour des Gens d Armes, Caen, Calvados (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tour des Gens d Armes, Caen, Calvados)

Background imageCaen Collection: Figures on the River Banks at St. Etienne, Caen, (pencil and watercolour)

Figures on the River Banks at St. Etienne, Caen, (pencil and watercolour)
651833 Figures on the River Banks at St. Etienne, Caen, (pencil and watercolour) by Prout, Samuel (1783-1852); 54.3x71.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Figures on the River Banks at St)

Background imageCaen Collection: Ruins of Caen, Normandy, after Allied artillery and air bombardment before the city was captured

Ruins of Caen, Normandy, after Allied artillery and air bombardment before the city was captured from the Germans
6015149 Ruins of Caen, Normandy, after Allied artillery and air bombardment before the city was captured from the Germans, World War II, July 1944 (photo) by English Photographer

Background imageCaen Collection: Queen Matildas Church at Caen, Normandy (engraving)

Queen Matildas Church at Caen, Normandy (engraving)
1609908 Queen Matildas Church at Caen, Normandy (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Queen Matildas Church at Caen, Normandy)

Background imageCaen Collection: Caen (engraving)

Caen (engraving)
1610996 Caen (engraving) by Read, Samuel (1816-83); Private Collection; (add.info.: Caen. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 23 March 1867)

Background imageCaen Collection: A July Holiday in Normandy (litho)

A July Holiday in Normandy (litho)
1592322 A July Holiday in Normandy (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A July Holiday in Normandy. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 15 July 1899)

Background imageCaen Collection: Milking cow for chocolate and milk

Milking cow for chocolate and milk
3779481 Milking cow for chocolate and milk by Crane, Thomas (1808-59); (add.info.: Milking cow for chocolate and milk in late 19th century France. Peasant milking cow, mother with parasol and child)



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"Discover the historic charm of Caen, France - a city steeped in rich heritage and captivating landmarks. Marvel at the magnificent Saint Etienne Church and Abbey, standing as a testament to centuries of architectural brilliance. Take a leisurely stroll along the Caen flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Devizes, Wiltshire, immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of nature. Step back in time at The Cafe Gondree, where history was made as it became the first house to be liberated on D-Day. Feel the weight of significance as you stand by its walls. Explore the picturesque harbor of Caen, France, with its bustling atmosphere and vibrant maritime culture. Uncover more historical treasures at Abbaye aux Hommes, an awe-inspiring abbey that showcases medieval craftsmanship. Transport yourself to pre-1900s through vintage photographs capturing Place Saint Gilles and Workshop scenes in Caen. Immerse yourself further into history with St. Pierre's exquisite 1830 watercolor painting depicting life in Caen during that era. Reflect upon World War II's impact as you witness British snipers vigilantly watching for enemy movement amidst this once war-torn city. Witness bravery firsthand as troops search for isolated pockets of resistance and snipers within Caen's streets during wartime struggles. " Embark on an unforgettable journey through time in Caen – where every corner tells a story waiting to be discovered.