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Downstairs Collection

"Downstairs: Unveiling the Hidden World of Intrigue and Charm" Step into the enchanting realm of "downstairs, " where tales unfold like whispers in a grand country house

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town, upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown, rapping at the window, crying through the lock, Are the children in their beds...?

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Lesley Anne Down and Jacqueline Tong, British actresses who will be starring in the new

Lesley Anne Down and Jacqueline Tong, British actresses who will be starring in the new series of Upstairs, Downstairs for London Weekend Television, pictured Thursday 20th December 1973

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Girl finds sleeping chick in her dolls house

Girl finds sleeping chick in her dolls house Date: 1925

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Downstairs servants of a country house

Downstairs servants of a country house
Group photo, downstairs servants of a country house. circa 1900

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Taking a tumble has its compensations

Taking a tumble has its compensations
" The New Compensation Act" - " Hooray! I believe I ve broken my arm!" - a hotel chambermaid is not unduly concerned at her fall

Background imageDownstairs Collection: stylish downstairs

stylish downstairs
Roswitha Schleicher-Schwarz

Background imageDownstairs Collection: stylish downstairs

stylish downstairs
Roswitha Schleicher-Schwarz

Background imageDownstairs Collection: stylish downstairs

stylish downstairs
Roswitha Schleicher-Schwarz

Background imageDownstairs Collection: stylish downstairs

stylish downstairs
Roswitha Schleicher-Schwarz

Background imageDownstairs Collection: stylish downstairs

stylish downstairs
Roswitha Schleicher-Schwarz

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Sri Lanka - Galle, Old Fort, UNESCO, World Heritage Site

Sri Lanka - Galle, Old Fort, UNESCO, World Heritage Site

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Upstairs Downstairs, man in evening dress, man with baby

Upstairs Downstairs, man in evening dress, man with baby
Upstairs Downstairs, upper class man in evening dress (L) and man feeding a baby with a bottle (R) Date: circa 1910

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Upstairs Downstairs, maid doing laundry, lady singing

Upstairs Downstairs, maid doing laundry, lady singing
Upstairs Downstairs, maid doing the laundry with tub and washboard (L) and lady singing (R) Date: circa 1910

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Upstairs Downstairs, cook in kitchen, lady at the opera

Upstairs Downstairs, cook in kitchen, lady at the opera
Upstairs Downstairs, cook in the kitchen rolling out pastry (L) and lady at the opera (R) Date: circa 1910

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Sketches at a Temperance Music Hall (engraving)

Sketches at a Temperance Music Hall (engraving)
1054210 Sketches at a Temperance Music Hall (engraving) by Durand, Godefroy (1832-1896); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sketches at a Temperance Music Hall, the Great Central Hall, Bishopsgate)

Background imageDownstairs Collection: stairs

stairs
Markus Auerbach

Background imageDownstairs Collection: The Parlour and the Cellar (engraving)

The Parlour and the Cellar (engraving)
5997828 The Parlour and the Cellar (engraving) by Cruikshank, George (1792-1878); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Parlour and the Cellar)

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Comic postcard, Man disturbed by late night party in hotel Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Man disturbed by late night party in hotel Date: 20th century

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Rustic Hours: Night, engraved by H. Gillbank (engraving) (b&w photo)

Rustic Hours: Night, engraved by H. Gillbank (engraving) (b&w photo)
XJF106607 Rustic Hours: Night, engraved by H. Gillbank (engraving) (b&w photo) by Wheatley, Francis (1747-1801) (after); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Plate 125. Descending Stairs, 1872-85 (collotype on paper)

Plate 125. Descending Stairs, 1872-85 (collotype on paper)
3950010 Plate 125. Descending Stairs, 1872-85 (collotype on paper) by Muybridge, Eadweard (1830-1904); 22.4x34 cm; Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

Background imageDownstairs Collection: 'Exhibition Stare Case', c. 1800 (coloured etching)

"Exhibition Stare Case", c. 1800 (coloured etching)
NP125718 " Exhibition Stare Case", c.1800 (coloured etching) by Rowlandson, Thomas (1756-1827); 44.5x28.6 cm; Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Birth of a Gown feature (2 / 2) showing Dolly Tree design

Birth of a Gown feature (2 / 2) showing Dolly Tree design
Birth of a Gown feature (1/2) showing Dolly Tree designing the wardrobe for Rita Johnson in The Girl Downstairs (1938) Date: 1938

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Rita Johnson in The Girl Downstairs (1939)

Rita Johnson in The Girl Downstairs (1939) wearing a two piece military style suit. Date: 1939

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Servants dinner (colour litho)

Servants dinner (colour litho)
3641542 Servants dinner (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Servants dinner. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageDownstairs Collection: There I met an old man who wouldn t say his prayers

There I met an old man who wouldn t say his prayers
994019 There I met an old man who wouldn t say his prayers, I took him by his left leg and threw him down the stairs (colour litho) by Brooke

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Fair Rosamunds Bower (chromolitho)

Fair Rosamunds Bower (chromolitho)
1051387 Fair Rosamunds Bower (chromolitho) by Gow, Mary L. (1851-1929); Private Collection; (add.info.: Fair Rosamunds Bower)

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Goosey, goosey, gander (engraving)

Goosey, goosey, gander (engraving)
3656005 Goosey, goosey, gander (engraving) by Brooke, Leonard Leslie (1862-1940); Private Collection; (add.info.: Goosey, goosey, gander)

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Home Life: Children in the Downstairs Kitchen, 1881 (chromolithograph)

Home Life: Children in the Downstairs Kitchen, 1881 (chromolithograph)
3034876 Home Life: Children in the Downstairs Kitchen, 1881 (chromolithograph) by Crane, Thomas (1808-59); (add.info.: Victorian illustration of three sisters in the downstairs kitchen of their)

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Maid hiding her soldier boyfriend (colour litho)

Maid hiding her soldier boyfriend (colour litho)
3641834 Maid hiding her soldier boyfriend (colour litho) by Browne, Tom (1872-1910); Private Collection; (add.info.: Maid hiding her soldier boyfriend)

Background imageDownstairs Collection: ALPINE GUARDS PLAY CARDS

ALPINE GUARDS PLAY CARDS
The Alpine Casino in Austria has special security guards who, while the ivory ball rolls round the roulette table downstairs, pass the time with a game of cards upstairs. Date: 1930s

Background imageDownstairs Collection: CHILDRENS XMAS PARTY / 79

CHILDRENS XMAS PARTY / 79
Children going downstairs to a Christmas costume party Date: 1879

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Turkey, Istanbul, Colourful painted steps, Karakoy region

Turkey, Istanbul, Colourful painted steps, Karakoy region

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Turkey, Istanbul, Cat standing on colourful painted steps, Karakoy region

Turkey, Istanbul, Cat standing on colourful painted steps, Karakoy region

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie " Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town, upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown, rapping at the window, crying through the lock

Background imageDownstairs Collection: View Herengracht Leidsestraat Amsterdam Several small boats sail

View Herengracht Leidsestraat Amsterdam Several small boats sail
View of the Herengracht near the Leidsestraat, Amsterdam, View of the Herengracht near the Leidsestraat in Amsterdam. Several small boats sail on the canal. A carriage on the bridge

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Six scenes Old Testament Title page P van Staveren

Six scenes Old Testament Title page P van Staveren
Six scenes from the Old Testament Title page for: P. van Staveren, The house attitude of God in his church, after the flood until the birth of Isaac, 1694, Six scenes from the Old Testament

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Scots Mission Hospital Tiberias Interior dormitory

Scots Mission Hospital Tiberias Interior dormitory
Scots Mission Hospital, Tiberias. Interior of dormitory, downstairs (ground floor). 1940, Israel, Tiberias

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Household servants sharing a laugh, 1900

Household servants sharing a laugh, 1900
Servants imitating the lady of the house, circa 1900. Hand-colored woodcut of a Charles Dana Gibson illustration

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Three dogs on a Christmas postcard

Three dogs on a Christmas postcard
Three dogs coming downstairs on a Christmas postcard. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Illustration, Goosey Goosey Gander

Illustration, Goosey Goosey Gander, whither do you wander? Upstairs and downstairs and in my ladies chamber. Date: 1895

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Section of a London Underground station. England. Colored en

Section of a London Underground station. England. Colored engraving from L Univers Illustre?. Late nineteenth century

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Going Downstairs

Going Downstairs
An Edwardian Ladys Maid rushes downstairs at her mistresss beck and call. Date: early 1900s (re-enactment)

Background imageDownstairs Collection: North Way Rectory

North Way Rectory - Black and white lantern slide. Creeper covered house - downstairs windows boarded up.. Part of Box 399. Boswell Collection. Date: circa 1900

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Fire safety at bedtime

Fire safety at bedtime -- a staged photograph for a Safe at Night fire prevention scheme, 28 February 1969. This family have been woken by a smell of smoke

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Christine

Christine
Chimpanzee dressed in pyjamas making her way downstairs on Christmas morning to be greeted by presents under the Christmas tree

Background imageDownstairs Collection: Section of a London Underground station. England

Section of a London Underground station. England. Colored engraving from L Univers Illustre. Late 19th-century

Background imageDownstairs Collection: The Rebellion in the Sudan, with Baker Pashas Reinforcements: from Suez to Suakim

The Rebellion in the Sudan, with Baker Pashas Reinforcements: from Suez to Suakim
THE REBELLION IN THE SUDAN, WITH BAKER PASHAs REINFORCEMENTS: FROM SUEZ TO SUAKIM BY THE RED SEA, 1883: 1. A Turks Idea of a One-Finger Peg. 2. Our Red Sea Pilot. 3



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"Downstairs: Unveiling the Hidden World of Intrigue and Charm" Step into the enchanting realm of "downstairs, " where tales unfold like whispers in a grand country house. Just as Wee Willie Winkie tiptoes through the night, secrets await discovery in every corner. A young girl's innocent curiosity leads her to stumble upon a slumbering chick nestled within her cherished dollhouse – a delightful surprise that sparks wonder and imagination. Amidst the opulence upstairs, down below lies an intricate web of relationships between servants who tirelessly tend to their duties. Taking a tumble may seem unfortunate, but it reveals unexpected compensations and bonds forged through shared experiences. Intriguing characters emerge from Upstairs Downstairs; a man donning evening dress cradles a precious baby, blurring societal boundaries with love. Meanwhile, a maid diligently tackles laundry while melodies escape from another room where a lady sings her heart out. And amidst culinary creations in the bustling kitchen, anticipation builds for an elegant opera attended by both cook and lady alike. British actresses Lesley Anne Down and Jacqueline Tong grace our screens once more in Ethel Parkinson's new production, breathing life into captivating narratives set against this backdrop of hidden stories waiting to be told. Delve further into history's tapestry at sketches depicting lively scenes at Temperance Music Hall or explore contrasting worlds captured in engravings titled "The Parlour and The Cellar. " A mesmerizing oil painting from 1756 unveils the daily life of an anonymous maid residing deep within the basement walls – reminding us that even those unseen possess their own vibrant existence. So come forth and embrace this captivating journey downstairs; discover untold tales woven with intrigue, charm, laughter, tears - all awaiting your eager exploration.