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Checker Board Collection

"Checkerboard: A Tapestry of History and Art" Step into the world of checkerboards, where patterns and colors intertwine to create a mesmerizing visual experience

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Patriotic Scarf / Belgium

Patriotic Scarf / Belgium
A young, blonde patriotic Belgian girl in tasselled cap & a scarf with a red, yellow & black checker board ground bordered with the Belgian flag & a fringe of tassels

Background imageChecker Board Collection: The Scarlet Pastorale, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley

The Scarlet Pastorale, 1894. Creator: Aubrey Beardsley
The Scarlet Pastorale, 1894. A masked ball, with a man dressed as Harlequin in the foreground, First published in The Sketch for 10 April 1895. From " The Best of Beardsley" edited by R. A

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Fragment of a Checkerboard Patterned Inlay, 1st century BCE-1st century CE

Fragment of a Checkerboard Patterned Inlay, 1st century BCE-1st century CE

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Fragment of a Checkerboard Patterned Inlay, Italy, Ptolemaic Period, (1st century BCE)

Fragment of a Checkerboard Patterned Inlay, Italy, Ptolemaic Period, (1st century BCE)

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Group of Checkerboard Patterned Inlays, Italy, Ptolemaic Period, (1st century BCE)

Group of Checkerboard Patterned Inlays, Italy, Ptolemaic Period, (1st century BCE)

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Linen, 1935 / 1942. Creator: Edna C. Rex

Linen, 1935 / 1942. Creator: Edna C. Rex
Linen, 1935/1942

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Wall Painting and Niche: Restoration Drawing, c. 1939. Creator: George E. Rhone

Wall Painting and Niche: Restoration Drawing, c. 1939. Creator: George E. Rhone
Wall Painting and Niche: Restoration Drawing, c. 1939

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Checker-board Table-tilt Top, c. 1936. Creator: Magnus S. Fossum

Checker-board Table-tilt Top, c. 1936. Creator: Magnus S. Fossum
Checker-board Table-tilt Top, c. 1936

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Glass and Checkerboard, c. 1917. Creator: Juan Gris

Glass and Checkerboard, c. 1917. Creator: Juan Gris
Glass and Checkerboard, c. 1917

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Game of Checkers (La partie de dames), 1897 / 1898 (published 1899)

Game of Checkers (La partie de dames), 1897 / 1898 (published 1899)
Game of Checkers (La partie de dames), 1897/1898 (published 1899)

Background imageChecker Board Collection: George du Maurier cartoon from Punch illustrating Darwinism, 1887. Artist: George du Maurier

George du Maurier cartoon from Punch illustrating Darwinism, 1887. Artist: George du Maurier
Development of Species Under Civilisation, 1887. The old evolutionary argument of Nature or Nurture: it would be a brave person who came to a conclusion on this evidence. Cartoon from Punch

Background imageChecker Board Collection: The Survival of the Fittest; application of Darwinism in the 21st century, 1880

The Survival of the Fittest; application of Darwinism in the 21st century, 1880. Artist: George du Maurier
The Survival of the Fittest ; application of Darwinism in the 21st century, 1880. The term Survival of the fittest was first used by Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) in 1851

Background imageChecker Board Collection: The Great War Game. American board game by Strat, 1915

The Great War Game. American board game by Strat, 1915
WORLD WAR I: BOARD GAME. The Great War Game. American board game by Strat, 1915

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Yucca in front of Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park in Utah

Yucca in front of Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park in Utah

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Italy, Burano. Decorative checkerboard border painted on a house

Italy, Burano. Decorative checkerboard border painted on a house

Background imageChecker Board Collection: 1930s advertising photograph

1930s advertising photograph
HOUSEWIFE, 1930s. 1930s advertising photograph

Background imageChecker Board Collection: NELLIE BLY (1867-1922). Pseudonym of Elizabeth Seaman, n

NELLIE BLY (1867-1922). Pseudonym of Elizabeth Seaman, n

Background imageChecker Board Collection: CHECKERS, 1853. Wood engraving, American, 1853

CHECKERS, 1853. Wood engraving, American, 1853

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Crossword Craze - Distracted housemaid

Crossword Craze - Distracted housemaid
The Crossword Craze What Lizzie was late with the lunch! A housemaid gets totally distracted trying to finish her crossword and completely forgets to do her cleaning or prepare the midday meal

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Leader Restaurant - Marietta, Ohio

Leader Restaurant - Marietta, Ohio
Leader Restaurant and Coffee House - 248 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio Date: circa 1930s

Background imageChecker Board Collection: FASHION: COUPLE, 1922. A fashionably dressed couple (he in a jacket by Larsen)

FASHION: COUPLE, 1922. A fashionably dressed couple (he in a jacket by Larsen)
FASHION: COUPLE, 1922. A fashionably dressed couple (he in a jacket by Larsen, she in a dress by Doeuillet) in an embrace. Fashion plate from the French magazine La Gazette du Bon Ton, 1922

Background imageChecker Board Collection: WOMENs FASHION, 1920s. A woman wearing a yellow and white Vionnet dress with floral design

WOMENs FASHION, 1920s. A woman wearing a yellow and white Vionnet dress with floral design, looking at her reflection in a mirror. French fashion plate, circa 1920s

Background imageChecker Board Collection: AMAZING MAZIE, 1925. American actress Alberta Vaughn in a scene from the film The Adventures of

AMAZING MAZIE, 1925. American actress Alberta Vaughn in a scene from the film The Adventures of Mazie, 1925

Background imageChecker Board Collection: SILENT STILL: CHEWING GUM. Alberta Vaughn in a scene from the film The Adventures of Mazie, 1925

SILENT STILL: CHEWING GUM. Alberta Vaughn in a scene from the film The Adventures of Mazie, 1925

Background imageChecker Board Collection: USA, North America, New Mexico

USA, North America, New Mexico
New Mexico, Albuquerque. The 66 Diner along historic Route 66 Albuquerque, New Mexico

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Checkerboard Scarf 1922

Checkerboard Scarf 1922
Dressmaking patterns: barrel- line dress with a bateau neck, decorative panels at the hips & a low slung belt; short coat with fringed sleeves, checkerboard coat & hat

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Female Type in Wind 1918

Female Type in Wind 1918
An attractive Parisienne battles against a strong wind

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Angra do Heroismo

Angra do Heroismo, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Terceira island, Azores, Portugal, Europe

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Female Type / Parisienne

Female Type / Parisienne
An attractive Parisienne and her admirers

Background imageChecker Board Collection: Bakst Hobble Skirt

Bakst Hobble Skirt
Hobble skirt costume designed & drawn by Bakst & made by Paquin. The skirt is cut-away at the front creating a split to enable the wearer to walk. N.B incongruous ruff


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"Checkerboard: A Tapestry of History and Art" Step into the world of checkerboards, where patterns and colors intertwine to create a mesmerizing visual experience. From patriotic scarves representing national pride to ancient fragments showcasing intricate designs, the checkerboard has captivated artists and craftsmen throughout history. In Aubrey Beardsley's masterpiece "The Scarlet Pastorale, " a delicate checkerboard pattern adorns the background, adding depth and complexity to the scene. This 1894 creation is just one example of how this timeless motif has been incorporated into various art forms. Travel back in time as you explore fragments of checkerboard-patterned inlays from Belgium and Italy dating back centuries. These exquisite pieces reveal the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into creating these stunning works of art during the Ptolemaic period. Edna C. Rex's linen design from 1935/1942 showcases how even everyday items can be transformed by incorporating a checkerboard pattern. The juxtaposition of simplicity with geometric precision creates an eye-catching aesthetic that stands out. George E. Rhone's restoration drawing depicts a wall painting adorned with a niche featuring an intricately designed checkerboard pattern. This c. 1939 artwork highlights how this classic motif was used not only for decorative purposes but also as a symbol of balance and harmony. Magnus S. Fossum's ingenious creation, the "Checker-board Table-tilt Top" from around 1936, combines functionality with artistic flair. This innovative piece allows for both entertainment and practicality while showcasing the beauty of checkered patterns. Juan Gris' glass artwork from c. 1917 takes on another dimension as it incorporates actual checkers within its design—a playful twist on traditional aesthetics that challenges our perception of art itself. Even popular culture couldn't resist embracing this timeless symbol; George du Maurier's cartoon illustrations depict Darwinism through cleverly placed checkered patterns.