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Childhood Collection

"Childhood: A Journey of Innocence and Wonder" In the timeless tapestry of life, a chapter adorned with precious memories and boundless joy

Background imageChildhood Collection: The Childrens Meal, ca 1665. Creator: Steen, Jan Havicksz (1626-1679)

The Childrens Meal, ca 1665. Creator: Steen, Jan Havicksz (1626-1679)
The Childrens Meal, ca 1665. Found in the Collection of Nivaagaards Malerisamling

Background imageChildhood Collection: Accrington Stanley. No more football inside the ground so three youngsters play outside

Accrington Stanley. No more football inside the ground so three youngsters play outside. 6th March 1962

Background imageChildhood Collection: Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. Artist: Leon-Maxime Faivre

Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. Artist: Leon-Maxime Faivre
Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. From the Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageChildhood Collection: Donkey ride a071928

Donkey ride a071928
Hampstead Heath, Greater London. Two small boys riding donkeys being led across the road in front of Whitestone Pond, with people strolling on the banks of the pond behind

Background imageChildhood Collection: Our Lady of Vladimir. beg. 12th c. Icon moved

Our Lady of Vladimir. beg. 12th c. Icon moved from Constantinople to Kiev in 1136 and Vladimir in 1155. Iconographic type Eleusa or Virgin of Tenderness. Byzantine art. Tempera on wood. RUSSIA

Background imageChildhood Collection: Children?s Games, 1560. Artist: Bruegel (Brueghel), Pieter, the Elder (ca 1525-1569)

Children?s Games, 1560. Artist: Bruegel (Brueghel), Pieter, the Elder (ca 1525-1569)
Children?s Games, 1560. Found in the collection of the Art History Museum, Vienne

Background imageChildhood Collection: Summer holidays Seaton, Devon, England

Summer holidays Seaton, Devon, England
A boy shows his grandmother something he has found in a rock pool on the beach at Seaton, Devon, England. She sits in a folding chair with her feet in the water

Background imageChildhood Collection: Pas Meche (Nothing Doing), 1882. Artist: Bastien-Lepage, Jules (1848-1884)

Pas Meche (Nothing Doing), 1882. Artist: Bastien-Lepage, Jules (1848-1884)
Pas Meche (Nothing Doing), 1882. Found in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Background imageChildhood Collection: Boy with Rabbit, c1814 (1912). Artist: Henry Raeburn

Boy with Rabbit, c1814 (1912). Artist: Henry Raeburn
Boy with Rabbit, c1814 (1912). A print from The Connoisseur, (London, 1912)

Background imageChildhood Collection: Battenberg family, 1906

Battenberg family, 1906
Prince Louis of Battenberg, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven with his wife, Princess Victoria of Hesse, their four children, their son-in-law and two grandchildren

Background imageChildhood Collection: Children playing in the back alleys of a Goven tenement block. September 1956

Children playing in the back alleys of a Goven tenement block. September 1956

Background imageChildhood Collection: Children in a Room, 1909. Artist: Edouard Vuillard

Children in a Room, 1909. Artist: Edouard Vuillard
Children in a Room, 1909. Vuillard, Edouard-Jean (1868-1940). Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageChildhood Collection: Free to Roam. Southbank, Middlesbrough 1970s

Free to Roam. Southbank, Middlesbrough 1970s 1970s

Background imageChildhood Collection: Princess Elizabeth riding her pony in Winsor Great Park, 1930s

Princess Elizabeth riding her pony in Winsor Great Park, 1930s. The future Queen Elizabeth II (b1926) of Great Britain as a child

Background imageChildhood Collection: Girls with their books in Balham, SW London

Girls with their books in Balham, SW London
Four girls with their books and drawings, sitting on a pavement in Balham, SW London. Date: circa 1961

Background imageChildhood Collection: The nursery rhyme Lets go to bed

The nursery rhyme Lets go to bed
Lets go to bed, said sleepyhead. Tarry a while, said slow, Put on the pan, said greedy Nan, Lets sup before we go. Date: c. 1930

Background imageChildhood Collection: Boys outside a sweet shop, Balham, SW London

Boys outside a sweet shop, Balham, SW London
Four boys on the doorstep of a sweet shop in Balham, SW London, with bottled drinks. Date: circa 1961

Background imageChildhood Collection: Three young friends leap over a puddle outside a Govan tenement block in Glasgow

Three young friends leap over a puddle outside a Govan tenement block in Glasgow. September 1956

Background imageChildhood Collection: Childhoods Treasures, 1886, (c1930). Creator: Marianne Stokes

Childhoods Treasures, 1886, (c1930). Creator: Marianne Stokes
Childhoods Treasures, 1886, (c1930). Children with a litter of newborn puppies. Painting in the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham

Background imageChildhood Collection: Children playing in Milton Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Children playing in Milton Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Children playing in Milton Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland -- some are swinging on ropes round a lamppost, while others are riding in a go-cart. Date: 1969

Background imageChildhood Collection: Children doing handstands on a Balham street, SW London

Children doing handstands on a Balham street, SW London
Two children, a boy and a girl, doing handstands against a concrete wall on a Balham street, SW London. A smaller child watches them, backed into a corner. Date: circa 1961

Background imageChildhood Collection: Children with ice lollies on a Balham street, SW London

Children with ice lollies on a Balham street, SW London
Five children eating ice lollies in the doorway of a betting shop on a Balham street, SW London. Date: circa 1961

Background imageChildhood Collection: Mental calculation at primary school, 1895. Artist: Bogdanov-Belsky, Nikolai Petrovich (1868-1945)

Mental calculation at primary school, 1895. Artist: Bogdanov-Belsky, Nikolai Petrovich (1868-1945)
Mental calculation at primary school, 1895. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageChildhood Collection: Children in Varna Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Children in Varna Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
A large group of children on the corner of Varna Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Date: 1969

Background imageChildhood Collection: Girls playing in Milton Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Girls playing in Milton Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Two little girls playing in Milton Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, swinging on ropes round a lamppost. Date: 1969

Background imageChildhood Collection: Little one-yr-old, Georgina Rumph, likes to be in the swim

Little one-yr-old, Georgina Rumph, likes to be in the swim. In fact she just loves a tub with some-water in it. However, a showers another thing

Background imageChildhood Collection: Women wrestlers Sybil Bowker gives her coach Bobby Barron a gripping time as 14 month

Women wrestlers Sybil Bowker gives her coach Bobby Barron a gripping time as 14 month baby Hedi Marie looks on

Background imageChildhood Collection: A little girl kneels to say her prayers - Carlisle Cathedral

A little girl kneels to say her prayers - Carlisle Cathedral
A little girl kneels to say her prayers in Carlisle Cathedral, Cumbria, England. She wears a tiara and holds her hands together 2011

Background imageChildhood Collection: Battenberg family c. 1895

Battenberg family c. 1895
Prince Louis of Battenberg, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven (1854-1921), pictured with his wife, Princess Victoria of Hesse (1863-1950)

Background imageChildhood Collection: Fifteen year old skinhead Chris Harward poses at home with his mother Joan at their flat

Fifteen year old skinhead Chris Harward poses at home with his mother Joan at their flat in Streatham, South London. 10th April 1970

Background imageChildhood Collection: A Sail in the Moon Boat by Florence Mary Anderson

A Sail in the Moon Boat by Florence Mary Anderson
Illustration showing two children and a baby going for a ride on a crescent shaped moon surrounded by pixies and fairies. c.1920

Background imageChildhood Collection: A goat-drawn carriage SAM01 / 02 / 0239

A goat-drawn carriage SAM01 / 02 / 0239
A goat-drawn carriage for children, somewhere in London. We don t know why, when or where the photograph was taken, nor the identities of the man and little girl

Background imageChildhood Collection: Classroom DP217275

Classroom DP217275
Hopton Church of England Primary School, Thelnetham Road, Hopton, Suffolk. East classroom view from north west

Background imageChildhood Collection: Ramsbury Wiltshire BB97_11952

Ramsbury Wiltshire BB97_11952
Ramsbury, Wiltshire. Women and children posing outside a thatched cottage. Photographed by Frederick Ault. Part of the Henry Taunt collection (1860-1922)

Background imageChildhood Collection: Gilrs Blackberrying Victorian period

Gilrs Blackberrying Victorian period

Background imageChildhood Collection: Mobile DP220755

Mobile DP220755
Bunksland Farmhouse, East Anstey, North Devon. Detail of a mobile comprising silhouettes of horses, hanging from the ceiling in the farmhouses ground-floor room

Background imageChildhood Collection: Harrods toy department, rocking horses, 1922

Harrods toy department, rocking horses, 1922
A uniform display of wooden rocking horses and smaller toy horses on wheels in the Harrods toy department, Christmas 1922. Date: 1922

Background imageChildhood Collection: Boro Boys 3 v Coventry Boys 2, English Trophy semi-final, Ayresome Park

Boro Boys 3 v Coventry Boys 2, English Trophy semi-final, Ayresome Park. Trevor Hogg, on the ground, gives Boro Boys the lead with a diving header despite a desperate lunge by Coventry Boys Robert

Background imageChildhood Collection: Inspired by the Wimbledon tennis championships taking place

Inspired by the Wimbledon tennis championships taking place, these children enjoy a game of tennis in the back streets around their home in South East London. 9th July 1961

Background imageChildhood Collection: Kevin Keenoy, the Cardiff 8 year old and his sister Maeve who presented a 1

Kevin Keenoy, the Cardiff 8 year old and his sister Maeve who presented a 1, 151 signature petition opposing the closure of the Globe cinema, celebrate the news that the cinema has been saved

Background imageChildhood Collection: Six year old Colin Richardson seen here with wrestler Reg Trood

Six year old Colin Richardson seen here with wrestler Reg Trood

Background imageChildhood Collection: The three sisters on the beach, 1908. Creator: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)

The three sisters on the beach, 1908. Creator: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)
The three sisters on the beach, 1908. Private Collection

Background imageChildhood Collection: Portrait of Manuela Tellez Giron y Pimentel (1794-1838), Duchess of Abrantes, 1797

Portrait of Manuela Tellez Giron y Pimentel (1794-1838), Duchess of Abrantes, 1797. Found in the collection of Museo del Prado, Madrid

Background imageChildhood Collection: Advert for Wrights coal tar soap, 1914

Advert for Wrights coal tar soap, 1914. A print from the Illustrated London News, 13th June 1914

Background imageChildhood Collection: At the Piano, 1914. Artist: Sergey Vinogradov

At the Piano, 1914. Artist: Sergey Vinogradov
At the Piano, 1914. Found in the collection of the State Art Museum of the Belorussian Republic, Minsk, Belarus

Background imageChildhood Collection: Childhood of Christ, c1620. Artist: Gerrit van Honthorst

Childhood of Christ, c1620. Artist: Gerrit van Honthorst
Childhood of Christ, c1620. Detail. Found in the collection of The Hermitage, St Petersburg

Background imageChildhood Collection: Prince Philip of Greece & Milford Havens at Maidenhead

Prince Philip of Greece & Milford Havens at Maidenhead
Celebrities at the Maidenhead Fishery Club in 1931. From left, the Marchioness of Milford Haven, formerly Countess Nada Torby, daughter of Grand Duke Michael of Russia, her daughter



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"Childhood: A Journey of Innocence and Wonder" In the timeless tapestry of life, a chapter adorned with precious memories and boundless joy. It begins with simple pleasures like a donkey ride on a sunny day, where laughter echoes through the air, painting smiles on young faces. The canvas expands further as children immerse themselves in age-old games, their imaginations soaring high like kites against an azure sky. Through the strokes of Pieter Bruegel's brush in "Children's Games, " we witness the universality of play across generations. From leapfrog to marbles, these cherished pastimes transcend time itself, connecting us to our ancestors who once reveled in similar merriment. Henry Raeburn's "Boy with Rabbit" captures a tender moment frozen in time – an innocent bond between child and pet that speaks volumes about love and companionship. Leon-Maxime Faivre's "Two Mothers" reminds us that childhood is nurtured by not only one mother but also by kindred spirits who embrace little ones as their own. The Battenberg family portrait from 1906 serves as a sepia-toned window into days gone by – siblings intertwined with laughter and secrets shared amidst sprawling gardens. Our Lady of Vladimir icon whispers tales of devotion passed down through centuries, reminding us that faith can be woven seamlessly into the fabric of childhood. As we journey through history, nostalgia takes hold when glimpsing at Southbank Middlesbrough in the 1970s; carefree souls roam freely along streets filled with dreams yet to unfold. Bastien-Lepage's "Nothing Doing" portrays mischief brewing within youthful hearts while Princess Elizabeth gallops through Winsor Great Park atop her pony – an emblematic image symbolizing both royalty and innocence entwined. Marianne Stokes' masterpiece titled "Childhood Treasures" encapsulates moments treasured forever - dolls cradled, books cherished, and dreams nurtured.