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Dumb Collection

Dumb: A journey through time and cultures, from the wise 3 Wise Monkeys of Japan to a bear waiter serving with grace

Background imageDumb Collection: 3 Wise Monkeys / Japanese

3 Wise Monkeys / Japanese
Hear no evil See no evil Speak no evil

Background imageDumb Collection: Sign language using a single hand, 1800s

Sign language using a single hand, 1800s
Single-handed alphabet in sign language, used in the US, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDumb Collection: Bear Waiter

Bear Waiter
Lord Suffield, having shot this bear in Russia, subjects it to the further indignity of being stuffed by Mr Ward and made to serve as a dumb waiter

Background imageDumb Collection: Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill

Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill
Uniformed boys on the deck of the Training Ship Exmouth perform dumb bell drill. The Exmouth, moored off Grays in Essex, was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a naval training establishment

Background imageDumb Collection: Advert for Terrys exerciser for men 1939

Advert for Terrys exerciser for men 1939
Christmas gift ideas from Herbert Terry exercisers, including steelstrand expander, golfer pocket wrist exerciser, spring grip dumbbells

Background imageDumb Collection: Unloading Ships at London Docks, 1908

Unloading Ships at London Docks, 1908
Illustration showing various cargoes coming ashore at London Docks, in the East End of London, 1908. Elephants tusks, barrels

Background imageDumb Collection: Blue Cross Fund Poster

Blue Cross Fund Poster
Fundraising poster during WWI for the Blue Cross Fund organised by the Dumb Friends League featuring a French horse who is " doing his bit"

Background imageDumb Collection: DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE

DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE
Dumb Friends League Animal Hospital, Pimlico, London. A horse receiving treatment

Background imageDumb Collection: Our Dumb Friends League. A society for the encouragement of

Our Dumb Friends League. A society for the encouragement of kindness to animals. Blue Cross fund for wounded horses at the front. Poster showing a wounded horse on the battlefield. Date 1915

Background imageDumb Collection: Sporting Gal and her horse - Dumb Luck

Sporting Gal and her horse - Dumb Luck
Dumb Luck Sporting Gal and her horse bemoaning the lack of success in the previous race. Dobbin is still the lucky recipient of a chunk of finest Tate & Lyle... Date: circa 1910

Background imageDumb Collection: Strong Man at a Fair

Strong Man at a Fair
A man plays a fanfare on a cornet to herald the great feat of strength being performed by a strong man at a fair, while a few people stand looking on

Background imageDumb Collection: Deaf and Dumb School, Palayamkottai, India

Deaf and Dumb School, Palayamkottai, India
C. E. Z. (Church of England Zenana Missionary Society) Deaf and Dumb School, Palamcottah (now Palayamkottai in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu), India. Deaf and Dumb children learning to talk

Background imageDumb Collection: Engraving depicting a child learning to speak at the Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish children in

Engraving depicting a child learning to speak at the Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish children in Notting Hill, London
5308968 Engraving depicting a child learning to speak at the Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish children in Notting Hill, London

Background imageDumb Collection: An Asylum for the deaf and dumb, 1850

An Asylum for the deaf and dumb, 1850
3478636 An Asylum for the deaf and dumb, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration of an Asylum for the deaf and dumb on the Old Kent Road, London. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDumb Collection: The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850

The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850
3478649 The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the Deaf and Dumb Alphabet. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDumb Collection: An engraving depicting an asylum for the deaf and dumb located on Old Kent Road, London

An engraving depicting an asylum for the deaf and dumb located on Old Kent Road, London, 19th century
5310623 An engraving depicting an asylum for the deaf and dumb located on Old Kent Road, London, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1833); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDumb Collection: The Liverpool Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1850

The Liverpool Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1850
3478646 The Liverpool Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the Liverpool Deaf and Dumb Institute. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDumb Collection: A deaf child learning to speak, 1850

A deaf child learning to speak, 1850
3478640 A deaf child learning to speak, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicts a Jewish deaf child learning to speak at the Notting Hill, Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish Children, London)

Background imageDumb Collection: Mr & Mrs Kinsey, 1850

Mr & Mrs Kinsey, 1850
3478637 Mr & Mrs Kinsey, 1850; (add.info.: Illustrated portraits of Mr & Mrs Kinsey who both worked to help deaf-mutes. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDumb Collection: Photograph of the first school for deaf and dumb in China

Photograph of the first school for deaf and dumb in China
3521100 Photograph of the first school for deaf and dumb in China; (add.info.: Photograph of the first school for deaf and dumb in China. Dated 19th Century); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDumb Collection: The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850

The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850
3478648 The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the Deaf and Dumb Alphabet. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDumb Collection: Children lip-reading during a lesson, 1850

Children lip-reading during a lesson, 1850
3478645 Children lip-reading during a lesson, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting children lip-reading during a lesson at the Notting Hill, Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish Children, London)

Background imageDumb Collection: Madame Celeste as the Arab Boy, in 'The French Spy', at the Standard Theatre, 1858. Creator: Smyth

Madame Celeste as the Arab Boy, in "The French Spy", at the Standard Theatre, 1858. Creator: Smyth
Madame Celeste as the Arab Boy, in "The French Spy", at the Standard Theatre, 1858. London stage production. Celeste, a pantomimist of the highest mark, plays the part of...a dumb girl

Background imageDumb Collection: DEAF & DUMB ALPHABET DEAF & DUMB ALPHABET

DEAF & DUMB ALPHABET DEAF & DUMB ALPHABET
The deaf and dumb sign language alphabet, as defined by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, Britain. Date: 1960s

Background imageDumb Collection: The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife, New York, USA

The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife, New York, USA
The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife, by Anatole France, with Lillah McCarthy and O P Heggie, at Wallacks Theatre, Broadway and 30th Street, New York, USA. circa 1923

Background imageDumb Collection: Bodhgaya. India

Bodhgaya. India

Background imageDumb Collection: Lillah McCarthy

Lillah McCarthy
A portrait painting of English actress and theatrical manager, Lillah Emma McCarthy, 1875-1960, who is seen here, in costume, playing The Dumb Wife, by Anatole France

Background imageDumb Collection: Royal Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, Derby

Royal Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, Derby
Girls play with a ball on the recreation ground at the Royal Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, Derby Date: Date unknown

Background imageDumb Collection: Birmingham Deaf And Dumb Institution Edgbaston

Birmingham Deaf And Dumb Institution Edgbaston
Birmingham, Deaf, and, Dumb, Institution, Edgbaston, circa, 1919, childrens, children, home, welfare, care, accomodation, society, housing, , 13548638

Background imageDumb Collection: These are scenes from the London Orphan Asylum in Watford. 1) boys doing drill 2) the boys band 3

These are scenes from the London Orphan Asylum in Watford. 1) boys doing drill 2) the boys band 3) sewing class 4) the Prince of Wales proposing the toast of the asylum at the Jubilee Dinner at

Background imageDumb Collection: Sequences of a man carrying - first a 20 kg dumb-bell, second a full bucket. Date: 1887

Sequences of a man carrying - first a 20 kg dumb-bell, second a full bucket. Date: 1887

Background imageDumb Collection: Asylum for Deaf and Dumb, Old Kent Road, London. Date: 1822

Asylum for Deaf and Dumb, Old Kent Road, London. Date: 1822

Background imageDumb Collection: Scene from the Drama of 'Don Guzman'(engraving)

Scene from the Drama of "Don Guzman"(engraving)
1059490 Scene from the Drama of " Don Guzman" (engraving) by Durand, Godefroy (1832-1896); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scene from the Drama of " Don Guzman")

Background imageDumb Collection: 'He called the elephant a dumb beast, or something'(colour litho)

"He called the elephant a dumb beast, or something"(colour litho)
3652652 " He called the elephant a dumb beast, or something" (colour litho) by Hassall, John (1868-1948); Private Collection; (add.info.: " He called the elephant a dumb beast)

Background imageDumb Collection: Scene from the drama of Don Guzman (engraving)

Scene from the drama of Don Guzman (engraving)
608293 Scene from the drama of Don Guzman (engraving) by Durand, Godefroy (1832-1896); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scene from the drama of Don Guzman; a sketch at the soiree of the Royal)

Background imageDumb Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Idiot (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Idiot (engraving)
7196388 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Idiot (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Idiot)

Background imageDumb Collection: View of the Institut National des Jeunes Sourds, Paris, c. 1840 (oil on canvas)

View of the Institut National des Jeunes Sourds, Paris, c. 1840 (oil on canvas)
CHT235385 View of the Institut National des Jeunes Sourds, Paris, c.1840 (oil on canvas) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDumb Collection: I: Idiot

I: Idiot
6523677 I: Idiot by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: in " Franco-English Leporello (Zebra - Zebra). Publisher unknown, s. d. (circa 1840)

Background imageDumb Collection: Bandbox Design (Deaf and Dumb Asylum), c. 1939. Creator: Martin Partyka

Bandbox Design (Deaf and Dumb Asylum), c. 1939. Creator: Martin Partyka
Bandbox Design (Deaf and Dumb Asylum), c. 1939

Background imageDumb Collection: Deaf and Dumb Alphabet (engraving)

Deaf and Dumb Alphabet (engraving)
3628618 Deaf and Dumb Alphabet (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Deaf and Dumb Alphabet. Illustration for The Boyss Own Book (Lockwood, 1861)

Background imageDumb Collection: St Saviours Church, Oxford Street, London, for the Deaf and Dumb (engraving)

St Saviours Church, Oxford Street, London, for the Deaf and Dumb (engraving)
5204667 St Saviours Church, Oxford Street, London, for the Deaf and Dumb (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: St Saviours Church, Oxford Street, London)

Background imageDumb Collection: The Art of Talking with the Fingers, pub. C. 1825 (coloured engraving)

The Art of Talking with the Fingers, pub. C. 1825 (coloured engraving)
5902925 The Art of Talking with the Fingers, pub. C. 1825 (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageDumb Collection: Statue of Our Saviour (engraving)

Statue of Our Saviour (engraving)
608295 Statue of Our Saviour (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Statue of Our Saviour, by a deaf and dumb artist; from The Illustrated London News)

Background imageDumb Collection: 'We were struck dumb with the wonderful objects that were revealed to our gaze'(colour litho)

"We were struck dumb with the wonderful objects that were revealed to our gaze"(colour litho)
725627 " We were struck dumb with the wonderful objects that were revealed to our gaze" (colour litho) by Groome

Background imageDumb Collection: London Asylum for the Deaf, Margate Branch

London Asylum for the Deaf, Margate Branch
Two children, identified as Evan Williams (with Indian clubs) and Rhoda Pippeck (with barbells), both inmates of the Margate branch of the London Asylum for the Support and Education of the Deaf

Background imageDumb Collection: The Inconsiderate Waiter, by J M Barrie (engraving)

The Inconsiderate Waiter, by J M Barrie (engraving)
1592249 The Inconsiderate Waiter, by J M Barrie (engraving) by Forestier, Amedee (1854-1930) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Inconsiderate Waiter, by J M Barrie)

Background imageDumb Collection: Dog owners given free licences

Dog owners given free licences
Over 200 free licences were given to dog owners too poor to pay the 7s. 6d. tax. The licences were presented at the Regal Cinema, Marble Arch

Background imageDumb Collection: Visit of President Felix Faure (1841-99) to the Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets

Visit of President Felix Faure (1841-99) to the Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets
CHT234583 Visit of President Felix Faure (1841-99) to the Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets, 1887 (oil on canvas) by Burgers, Hendrieus Jacobus (1834-99); Institut National des Jeunes Sourds



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Dumb: A journey through time and cultures, from the wise 3 Wise Monkeys of Japan to a bear waiter serving with grace. In the 1800s, sign language using a single hand was an art form that spoke volumes. The Training Ship Exmouth taught discipline through the dumb bell drill. Terry's exerciser for men in 1939 promised strength and vitality. Unloading ships at London Docks in 1908 required brute force but no words were needed. The Blue Cross Fund Poster reminded us of our duty towards our dumb friends. Our Dumb Friends League encouraged compassion for all creatures great and small. Dumb Luck smiled upon the sporting gal and her horse as they triumphed against all odds. A strong man at a fair showcased his might without uttering a word, leaving spectators awestruck. Lillah McCarthy captivated audiences with her silent performances, proving that silence can be truly golden.