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Celts Collection

The Celts, an ancient and enigmatic people, left a lasting mark on the history and culture of Britain

Background imageCelts Collection: Map of Britain in 597 AD

Map of Britain in 597 AD
Map of territory controlled by Celts, Picts, Anglos, Saxons, and other tribes in Britain in 597 AD. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageCelts Collection: East View of Old Sarum

East View of Old Sarum
East view of the ancient city and castle of Old Sarum, above Salisbury Plain. The Celts referred to it as Sorviadum meaning the fortress by the gentle river (the River Avon)

Background imageCelts Collection: Caesar in little treasure island (litho)

Caesar in little treasure island (litho)
976588 Caesar in little treasure island (litho) by Skinner, Edward Frederick (1865-1924); Private Collection; (add.info.: Caesar in little treasure island)

Background imageCelts Collection: Roman invasion of Britain - early 20th century illustration

Roman invasion of Britain - early 20th century illustration
3783258 Roman invasion of Britain - early 20th century illustration; (add.info.: Roman invasion of Britain - early 20th century illustration. Landing on the coast of Kent)

Background imageCelts Collection: Celtic helmet found at Agris, Charante (iron & bronze covered with gold & inlaid with coral)

Celtic helmet found at Agris, Charante (iron & bronze covered with gold & inlaid with coral)
NUL115588 Celtic helmet found at Agris, Charante (iron & bronze covered with gold & inlaid with coral) by Celtic, (4th-3rd century BC); height: 21.4 cm; Musee Archeologique et Historique, Angouleme

Background imageCelts Collection: Initial letters from a Celtic alphabet taken from illuminated ma, 1897 (Chromolithograph)

Initial letters from a Celtic alphabet taken from illuminated ma, 1897 (Chromolithograph)
7233448 Initial letters from a Celtic alphabet taken from illuminated ma, 1897 (Chromolithograph) by Guillot, Ernest (19th century); (add.info)

Background imageCelts Collection: Ancient Celtic warriors dressed for battle, with a shaman, c. 1800-18 (coloured engraving)

Ancient Celtic warriors dressed for battle, with a shaman, c. 1800-18 (coloured engraving)
468771 Ancient Celtic warriors dressed for battle, with a shaman, c.1800-18 (coloured engraving) by Italian School, (19th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; Italian

Background imageCelts Collection: The Battle of Vercellae, 1725-29. Creator: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

The Battle of Vercellae, 1725-29. Creator: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
The Battle of Vercellae, 1725-29

Background imageCelts Collection: A Converted British Family Sheltering a Christian Missionary from the Persecution of the Druids

A Converted British Family Sheltering a Christian Missionary from the Persecution of the Druids, 185 Artist: Hunt
A Converted British Family Sheltering a Christian Missionary from the Persecution of the Druids, 1850. Found in the collection of Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Background imageCelts Collection: Gaul (Galata), roman copy after an Hellenistic original, 1st century (sculpture)

Gaul (Galata), roman copy after an Hellenistic original, 1st century (sculpture)
7129340 Gaul (Galata), roman copy after an Hellenistic original, 1st century (sculpture) by Roman, (1st century AD); Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: Gaul (Galata)

Background imageCelts Collection: Gaul (Galata), roman copy after an Hellenistic original, 1st century AD (marble)

Gaul (Galata), roman copy after an Hellenistic original, 1st century AD (marble)
7062870 Gaul (Galata), roman copy after an Hellenistic original, 1st century AD (marble) by Roman, (1st century AD); Palazzo Corsini, Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini, Rome

Background imageCelts Collection: Gaul in the act of falling, Roman art 2nd century AD (marble)

Gaul in the act of falling, Roman art 2nd century AD (marble)
7292671 Gaul in the act of falling, Roman art 2nd century AD (marble) by Aspetti, Tiziano (16th century); Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Venice

Background imageCelts Collection: Heruli and Briton warriors. 1796 (engraving)

Heruli and Briton warriors. 1796 (engraving)
7233721 Heruli and Briton warriors. 1796 (engraving) by Austrian School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Heruli and Briton warriors)

Background imageCelts Collection: Plunder of Rome by the Gauls under Brennus (390 BC): 'Woe to the defeated!', 1896 (illustration)

Plunder of Rome by the Gauls under Brennus (390 BC): "Woe to the defeated!", 1896 (illustration)
7304533 Plunder of Rome by the Gauls under Brennus (390 BC): "Woe to the defeated!", 1896 (illustration) by Job, pseudonym for Onfray de Breville

Background imageCelts Collection: Julius Caesar during the invasion of Gaul, 1895 (illustration)

Julius Caesar during the invasion of Gaul, 1895 (illustration)
7304345 Julius Caesar during the invasion of Gaul, 1895 (illustration) by Job, pseudonym for Onfray de Breville, Jacques (1858-1931); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCelts Collection: The geese on the Capitol of Toulouse give the alert against a Gallic attack, 1926 (Illustration)

The geese on the Capitol of Toulouse give the alert against a Gallic attack, 1926 (Illustration)
7304411 The geese on the Capitol of Toulouse give the alert against a Gallic attack, 1926 (Illustration) by Rabier, Benjamin (1869-1939); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCelts Collection: Celtic druids, c. 1790 (engraving)

Celtic druids, c. 1790 (engraving)
7293231 Celtic druids, c.1790 (engraving) by Grasset de Saint-Sauveur, Jacques (1757-1810); (add.info.: History. France. Gaul. Celtic druids)

Background imageCelts Collection: Germanic horsemen in the Roman army in the 4th century

Germanic horsemen in the Roman army in the 4th century
7280072 Germanic horsemen in the Roman army in the 4th century by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Germanic horsemen in the Roman army in the 4th century, Historical)

Background imageCelts Collection: A Dying Gaul, digitally enhanced reproduction of an original 19th century print

A Dying Gaul, digitally enhanced reproduction of an original 19th century print
7278191 A Dying Gaul, digitally enhanced reproduction of an original 19th century print by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Dying Gaul)

Background imageCelts Collection: Relief on Trajan's Column shows the Germanic bodyguard of the later Caesars

Relief on Trajan's Column shows the Germanic bodyguard of the later Caesars
7278187 Relief on Trajan's Column shows the Germanic bodyguard of the later Caesars by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCelts Collection: Germanic lance points with runic inscription, found in Brandenburg

Germanic lance points with runic inscription, found in Brandenburg
7277957 Germanic lance points with runic inscription, found in Brandenburg by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Germanic lance points with runic inscription)

Background imageCelts Collection: Bird, Celtic, c. 3rd century BC (limestone)

Bird, Celtic, c. 3rd century BC (limestone)
904689 Bird, Celtic, c.3rd century BC (limestone) by Celtic, (3rd-2nd century BC); Musee de la Vieille Charite, Marseille, France

Background imageCelts Collection: Celtic bronze figures, ca 200 B. C. Historic

Celtic bronze figures, ca 200 B. C. Historic
7280062 Celtic bronze figures, ca 200 B. C. Historic by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Celtic bronze figures, ca 200 B. C)

Background imageCelts Collection: Portico (stone)

Portico (stone)
904690 Portico (stone) by Celtic, (3rd-2nd century BC); Musee de la Vieille Charite, Marseille, France

Background imageCelts Collection: Ancient Celtic warriors on a foray encounter a couple out hunting, c. 1800-18 (coloured engraving)

Ancient Celtic warriors on a foray encounter a couple out hunting, c. 1800-18 (coloured engraving)
468772 Ancient Celtic warriors on a foray encounter a couple out hunting, c.1800-18 (coloured engraving) by Italian School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The topknot hairstyle)

Background imageCelts Collection: Monument sketch, 1810-65 (Pencil)

Monument sketch, 1810-65 (Pencil)
7261638 Monument sketch, 1810-65 (Pencil) by Pretty, Edward (1792-1865); Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, Kent, UK; (add.info.: Monument sketch)

Background imageCelts Collection: The Dying Gaul, ancient Roman marble statue by Epigonus. 1779 (engraving)

The Dying Gaul, ancient Roman marble statue by Epigonus. 1779 (engraving)
7237423 The Dying Gaul, ancient Roman marble statue by Epigonus. 1779 (engraving) by Cannetti, Giovanni Battista (1750-1810); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Dying Gaul)

Background imageCelts Collection: Costume of a pagan Saxon Chief. 1821 (engraving)

Costume of a pagan Saxon Chief. 1821 (engraving)
7234702 Costume of a pagan Saxon Chief. 1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Costume of a pagan Saxon Chief standing on a dead Briton)

Background imageCelts Collection: Costume of the Pagan Irish in the post-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)

Costume of the Pagan Irish in the post-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)
7234695 Costume of the Pagan Irish in the post-Roman era.1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCelts Collection: Roman British Females in gwn (tunic) and pais (petticoat). 1821 (engraving)

Roman British Females in gwn (tunic) and pais (petticoat). 1821 (engraving)
7234692 Roman British Females in gwn (tunic) and pais (petticoat).1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Roman British Females)

Background imageCelts Collection: Maaeata and Caledonian men of the pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)

Maaeata and Caledonian men of the pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)
7234682 Maaeata and Caledonian men of the pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Maaeata and Caledonian men)

Background imageCelts Collection: A Briton from the pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)

A Briton from the pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)
7234680 A Briton from the pre-Roman era.1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Briton of the interior, carrying tarian (shield)

Background imageCelts Collection: Hibernian male and female costume, post-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)

Hibernian male and female costume, post-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)
7234696 Hibernian male and female costume, post-Roman era.1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hibernian male and female costume)

Background imageCelts Collection: A Romanised Briton and a Feryllt. 1821 (engraving)

A Romanised Briton and a Feryllt. 1821 (engraving)
7234691 A Romanised Briton and a Feryllt.1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Romanised Briton and a Feryllt, a blacksmith, metallurgist)

Background imageCelts Collection: British Bard and an Ovate, Druidic priests, of the pre-Roman era, 1821 (engraving)

British Bard and an Ovate, Druidic priests, of the pre-Roman era, 1821 (engraving)
7234685 British Bard and an Ovate, Druidic priests, of the pre-Roman era, 1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: British Bard and an Ovate)

Background imageCelts Collection: Belgic Briton and one of the Cassiterides from the pre-Roman era, 1821 (engraving)

Belgic Briton and one of the Cassiterides from the pre-Roman era, 1821 (engraving)
7234681 Belgic Briton and one of the Cassiterides from the pre-Roman era, 1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCelts Collection: Saint Jestin ab Geraint. 1821 (engraving)

Saint Jestin ab Geraint. 1821 (engraving)
7234698 Saint Jestin ab Geraint.1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: St)

Background imageCelts Collection: Pabo, the Pillar of Britain, son of Arthwys ab Mor, 5th century. 1821 (engraving)

Pabo, the Pillar of Britain, son of Arthwys ab Mor, 5th century. 1821 (engraving)
7234697 Pabo, the Pillar of Britain, son of Arthwys ab Mor, 5th century.1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Pabo, the Pillar of Britain)

Background imageCelts Collection: Boadicea Queen of the Iceni, Roman era. 1821 (engraving)

Boadicea Queen of the Iceni, Roman era. 1821 (engraving)
7234690 Boadicea Queen of the Iceni, Roman era.1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, Roman era)

Background imageCelts Collection: Grand Conventional Festival of the Britons at Stonehenge, pre-Ro, 1821 (engraving)

Grand Conventional Festival of the Britons at Stonehenge, pre-Ro, 1821 (engraving)
7234689 Grand Conventional Festival of the Britons at Stonehenge, pre-Ro, 1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCelts Collection: Druidic Awenydd (Bardic disciple) and novice, from the pre-Roman, 1821 (engraving)

Druidic Awenydd (Bardic disciple) and novice, from the pre-Roman, 1821 (engraving)
7234686 Druidic Awenydd (Bardic disciple) and novice, from the pre-Roman, 1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCelts Collection: Irish Brehons and Filidhs or judges, of the Roman era. 1821 (engraving)

Irish Brehons and Filidhs or judges, of the Roman era. 1821 (engraving)
7234694 Irish Brehons and Filidhs or judges, of the Roman era.1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Irish Brehons and Filidhs or judges)

Background imageCelts Collection: Roman British Priestesses. 1821 (engraving)

Roman British Priestesses. 1821 (engraving)
7234693 Roman British Priestesses. 1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Roman British Priestesses)

Background imageCelts Collection: An Arch Druid in his Judicial Habit, pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)

An Arch Druid in his Judicial Habit, pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)
7234688 An Arch Druid in his Judicial Habit, pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: An Arch Druid in his Judicial Habit)

Background imageCelts Collection: Irish ollamh and an heraldic bard, pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)

Irish ollamh and an heraldic bard, pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving)
7234687 Irish ollamh and an heraldic bard, pre-Roman era. 1821 (engraving) by Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)



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The Celts, an ancient and enigmatic people, left a lasting mark on the history and culture of Britain. In 597 AD, their influence was evident as they inhabited various regions depicted in the Map of Britain. The East View of Old Sarum showcases their architectural prowess, while the Cornish Gorsedd highlights their spiritual rituals. Legends abound surrounding King Arthur and his mighty Sword, which is said to have been wielded in St Just, Cornwall. This land also witnessed the persecution faced by Christian missionaries at the hands of Druids, as portrayed in William Holman Hunt's painting. The Celts' warrior spirit is exemplified through artifacts like the Scythian shield and depictions such as The Battle of Vercellae by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Their bravery is further illustrated in engravings showcasing Heruli and Briton warriors. Despite their fierce reputation, everyday life for the Celts included joyous occasions like the Cornish Gorsedd procession or boys playing football in Belfast. These glimpses into their culture reveal a vibrant society that valued both tradition and recreation. Roman copies of Gaul (Galata) sculptures from different centuries provide insight into how Celtic art influenced subsequent civilizations. From marble statues capturing Gaul falling to Roman art imitating Hellenistic originals - these artworks showcase how Celtic aesthetics endured over time. Intriguing and mysterious, the Celts continue to captivate our imaginations with their rich heritage that shaped British history for centuries to come.