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Feather Collection

"Feathers: A Symbol of Majesty, Power, and Beauty" Feathers have long held a significant place in history and culture

Background imageFeather Collection: Jurisprudence by H. M. Bateman

Jurisprudence by H. M. Bateman is an humorous illustration of a Judge sitting in the courtroom balancing a feather or quill on his nose

Background imageFeather Collection: Miss Lily Brayton in Hajj. Lily Brayton (1876-1953) was an English actress and singer

Miss Lily Brayton in Hajj. Lily Brayton (1876-1953) was an English actress and singer. Date: early 20th century

Background imageFeather Collection: Mary, Queen of Scots in a red costume

Mary, Queen of Scots in a red costume
Mary, Queen of Scotland, in a striking red costume

Background imageFeather Collection: Haile Selassie

Haile Selassie
HAILE SELASSIE (1892 - 1975) Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74)

Background imageFeather Collection: Scottish Types - Archery, Clan Murray

Scottish Types - Archery, Clan Murray. 19th century

Background imageFeather Collection: Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071

Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071
Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen. Cast of the Archaeopteryx specimen held at the Berlin Natural History Museum. This cast shows the spread-out wings and long, clawed fingers

Background imageFeather Collection: Cockatiel Birds - Two perched on branch

Cockatiel Birds - Two perched on branch
JD-15465 Cockatiel Birds - Two perched on branch Nymphicus hollandicus John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageFeather Collection: Blue Dress / Beer 1922

Blue Dress / Beer 1922
Blue dress by Beer: low neckline, open to the hips at the side & worn over a grey slip. Bodice & low waistband decorated in a feather motif plus a bandeau & earrings

Background imageFeather Collection: Pharomachrus moccino, resplendent quetzal

Pharomachrus moccino, resplendent quetzal
Plate from John Goulds The Birds of New Guinea, (1875-1888). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageFeather Collection: Picture No. 10859244

Picture No. 10859244
Barred OWL - in flight, wings spread, chasing for prey (Strix varia) Date:

Background imageFeather Collection: Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Creator: John Gould

Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Creator: John Gould
Goldfinches, 1863, (1942). Male and female of the finch family, from " Birds of Britain" by John Gould. Published in " The Birds of Britain, by James Fisher. [Collins, London, 1942]

Background imageFeather Collection: RF- Tawny owl with moon behind (Strix aluco), UK

RF- Tawny owl with moon behind (Strix aluco), UK

Background imageFeather Collection: Red kite (Milvus milvus), two birds perching on a branch, one perching on top end of branch

Red kite (Milvus milvus), two birds perching on a branch, one perching on top end of branch, the other looking over shoulder

Background imageFeather Collection: Statue of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Statue of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America, North America

Background imageFeather Collection: Tecumseh, Native American chief of the Shawnee tribe

Tecumseh, Native American chief of the Shawnee tribe
Tecumseh (Tecumtha, Tekamthi, 1768-1813), Native American Indian chief of the Shawnee tribe. He became the chief spokesman for the Indians of the Ohio Valley

Background imageFeather Collection: Threes pelicans Australia

Threes pelicans Australia
Pelicans wading in shallow water Eyre Peninsula South Australia

Background imageFeather Collection: Jay (Garrulus glandarius), two fighting in mid-air with another observing. Norway. October

Jay (Garrulus glandarius), two fighting in mid-air with another observing. Norway. October

Background imageFeather Collection: Dipper bird engraving 1896

Dipper bird engraving 1896
A handbook to the birds of Great Britain by R. Bowdler Sharpe

Background imageFeather Collection: Curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), two birds wading through water, pecking, side view

Curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), two birds wading through water, pecking, side view

Background imageFeather Collection: PETALESHARO II (1823-1874). Also known as Man Chief. Chaui or Grand Pawnee Native American chief

PETALESHARO II (1823-1874). Also known as Man Chief. Chaui or Grand Pawnee Native American chief. Photographed at the James E. McClees studio in Washington, D.C. 1858

Background imageFeather Collection: Portrait Of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull

Portrait Of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Portrait shows the chief of the Sioux tribe Sitting Bull (1831 - 1890), known as Tatanka Iyotake to his people, as he sits in Bismarck, North Dakota, 1881

Background imageFeather Collection: The Cherokee chief Kanagagota (Standing Turkey) painted, 1762, in London by Francis Parsons

The Cherokee chief Kanagagota (Standing Turkey) painted, 1762, in London by Francis Parsons
PARSONS: CHEROKEE, 1762. The Cherokee chief Kanagagota (Standing Turkey) painted, 1762, in London by Francis Parsons

Background imageFeather Collection: Dunnock - perched on a bramble

Dunnock - perched on a bramble
DAC-10 Dunnock - perched on a bramble Prunella modularis David Chapman Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageFeather Collection: Pierrot and Columbine -- Smile, Please

Pierrot and Columbine -- Smile, Please
Columbine tickles a gloomy Pierrot with a peacock feather and asks him to Smile, Please!

Background imageFeather Collection: White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with backlit wings, and water spray, Norway

White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with backlit wings, and water spray, Norway, October

Background imageFeather Collection: Malay Peacock Pheasant Wing & Tail Feather Design

Malay Peacock Pheasant Wing & Tail Feather Design
Feather, Pattern, Design, Colorful, Structure, , Modern Bird Feather Designs, 535159939

Background imageFeather Collection: Minoan art. Crete. Prince of the Lilies

Minoan art. Crete. Prince of the Lilies. Dated circa 1550 BC. Brings the Minoan belt and headdress made A?a?A?a?of lilies and peacock feathers. Fresco from the palace of Knossos

Background imageFeather Collection: Lily Langtry (Lady de Bathe), WW1

Lily Langtry (Lady de Bathe), WW1
Lily Langtry (1863-1929), English actress pictured during the First World War when she was working for the Red Cross in America. Date: 1917

Background imageFeather Collection: Couple Puffin on cliff in summer

Couple Puffin on cliff in summer

Background imageFeather Collection: Feathered Gown

Feathered Gown
A Norman Hartnell evening gown. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

Background imageFeather Collection: Calyptorhynchus funereus, yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus, yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Watercolour 137 by Thomas Watling from the Watling Collection titled Banksian Cockatoo, native name Kar ratt

Background imageFeather Collection: The Dolly Sisters, Paris

The Dolly Sisters, Paris
The Dolly Sisters wearing creations by Jean Patou in La Valse Lumineuse, Paris En Fleurs, Casino de Paris, Paris, 1925 1925

Background imageFeather Collection: Quaker / Monk Parakeet - Preening South America

Quaker / Monk Parakeet - Preening South America
CLA-440 Monk Parakeet / Quaker Parrot - preening Myiopsitta monachus Mary Clay Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageFeather Collection: Judy Garland, American actress, singer and dancer, in concert at The Talk of the Town

Judy Garland, American actress, singer and dancer, in concert at The Talk of the Town nightclub in London, where she has a five week residency, pictured Thursday 16th January 1969

Background imageFeather Collection: Sitting Bear - Arikara, 1908. Artist: John Andrew & Son

Sitting Bear - Arikara, 1908. Artist: John Andrew & Son
Sitting Bear - Arikara, 1908. The Arikara are a semi-nomadic Native American tribe who lived on the plains of South Dakota. Their population was decimated by smallpox in the 1830s

Background imageFeather Collection: Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick under the wing of protective parent

Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) chick under the wing of protective parent, breeding colony, Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Background imageFeather Collection: Thomas Tallis, (c1505-1585), English organist and composer, 1700. Artist: Niccolo Francesco Haym

Thomas Tallis, (c1505-1585), English organist and composer, 1700. Artist: Niccolo Francesco Haym
Thomas Tallis, (c1505-1585), English organist and composer, 1700. Portrait made in 1700 of the 16th century musician, from English Music, (1941)

Background imageFeather Collection: Parrots Chromolithograph 1896

Parrots Chromolithograph 1896
Parrots Chromolithograph

Background imageFeather Collection: Pheasant illustration 1900

Pheasant illustration 1900
The Game Birds and Wild Fowl of the British Islands By Dixon, Charles - London, Chapman and Hall, 1900

Background imageFeather Collection: Malurus splendens, Splendid Fairy Wren perched on a tree branch

Malurus splendens, Splendid Fairy Wren perched on a tree branch

Background imageFeather Collection: Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), illustration of pigeon like bird

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), illustration of pigeon like bird, buffy-pink plumage and black neck collar, back view

Background imageFeather Collection: Mauritian Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), compact bird with curved, brown bill and brown feet, side view

Mauritian Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), compact bird with curved, brown bill and brown feet, side view

Background imageFeather Collection: Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

Background imageFeather Collection: Ruddy Turnstone -Arenaria interpres- in breeding plumage standing on a moss-covered stone

Ruddy Turnstone -Arenaria interpres- in breeding plumage standing on a moss-covered stone on the beach, Neuwerk Island near Cuxhaven, Hamburg Wadden Sea, Germany, Europe

Background imageFeather Collection: Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx had the same number and arrangement of primary and secondary flight feathers as modern birds. Watercolour on paper by John Doncaster

Background imageFeather Collection: Bubo coromandus, dusky eagle owl

Bubo coromandus, dusky eagle owl
A watercolour of the dusky eagle owl (Bubo coromandus) by an unknown artist, (c. 1840), part of the Lord Ashton Collection held in the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageFeather Collection: TECUMSEH (1768-1813). Native American chief of the Shawnee tribe

TECUMSEH (1768-1813). Native American chief of the Shawnee tribe. Wood engraving, American, 19th century

Background imageFeather Collection: Red Kite - in flight - Wales - UK

Red Kite - in flight - Wales - UK
DAC-340 Red Kite - in flight Wales - UK Milvus milvus David Chapman Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way



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"Feathers: A Symbol of Majesty, Power, and Beauty" Feathers have long held a significant place in history and culture. Just like the majestic Haile Selassie, who adorned his regal attire with plumes symbolizing power and authority. Similarly, Mary, Queen of Scots captivated all in her vibrant red costume embellished with feathers that exuded elegance. In Native American traditions, feathers were revered as sacred objects. The portrait of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull showcases his profound connection to nature's wisdom and strength embodied by the feather he wears proudly on his head. Nature itself presents us with breathtaking scenes; imagine two Curlew sandpipers gracefully wading through water while pecking for sustenance - a mesmerizing sight captured in Picture No. 10859244. Birds too find solace in their plumage. Cockatiel birds perched on a branch exhibit their colorful feathers as if they were wearing an artist's palette upon themselves. The Great crested grebe at Valkenhorst nature reserve demonstrates parental care by feeding one of its chicks a precious feather - an act recognized by Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 under the highly commended category for bird behavior. Even amidst avian rivalries, such as those witnessed between Jays fighting mid-air while another observes from afar in Norway or Tawny owl silhouetted against the moonlit sky in the UK – feathers remain central to these captivating moments frozen forever through photography. Delving into history reveals exquisite engravings like that of Dipper bird from 1896 or Red kites perching on branches together - one looking over its shoulder - showcasing how these magnificent creatures have fascinated artists across time. Feathers hold stories untold; they embody gracefulness, resilience, and freedom, and are not just mere adornments but symbols connecting us to our past and reminding us of nature's wonders that surround us every day.