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Happiness Collection

Happiness is a timeless masterpiece, painted by the brushstrokes of life itself

Background imageHappiness Collection: Darby and Joan (colour litho)

Darby and Joan (colour litho)
971755 Darby and Joan (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Darby and Joan, a proverbial phrase for a married couple content to share a quiet life of)

Background imageHappiness Collection: Couple on tennis court, woman jumping in foreground

Couple on tennis court, woman jumping in foreground

Background imageHappiness Collection: Benjamin Lay, c. 1750-1758. Creator: William Williams

Benjamin Lay, c. 1750-1758. Creator: William Williams
Benjamin Lay, c. 1750-1758

Background imageHappiness Collection: HRH Queen Elizabeth II

HRH Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022). She is wearing the George IV State Diadem or Diamond Diadem. Date: circa 1954

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Coming of Spring, 1899, (c1930). Creator: Edward Atkinson Hornel

The Coming of Spring, 1899, (c1930). Creator: Edward Atkinson Hornel
The Coming of Spring, 1899, (c1930). A group of girls celebrate the coming of Spring, indicated by the snowdrops in the foreground

Background imageHappiness Collection: Comedian Ken Dodd with his Diddy Man Dicky Mint at Whitley Bay Playhouse on 9th December

Comedian Ken Dodd with his Diddy Man Dicky Mint at Whitley Bay Playhouse on 9th December 1989

Background imageHappiness Collection: Juan les Pins travel posters

Juan les Pins travel posters
Travel poster advertising the fashionable resort of Juan les Pins on the Cote d Azur in the Alpes Maritimes south east region of France

Background imageHappiness Collection: Black man eating a large watermelon (coloured photo)

Black man eating a large watermelon (coloured photo)
6000022 Black man eating a large watermelon (coloured photo) by European Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Black man eating a large watermelon)

Background imageHappiness Collection: Pope Francis leaving on his Popemobile after his weekly general audience in St

Pope Francis leaving on his Popemobile after his weekly general audience in St. Peters Square at the Vatican, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Background imageHappiness Collection: Beer Street, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth

Beer Street, 1751. Artist: William Hogarth
Beer Street, 1751. Working people enjoying a tankard of beer outside the Barley Mow public house. The figures include two women with baskets of fish and a butcher holding a joint of meat

Background imageHappiness Collection: Noli Me Tangere, c1514. Artist: Titian

Noli Me Tangere, c1514. Artist: Titian
Noli Me Tangere, c1514. Saint Mary Magdalene encounters Christ after his resurrection. From the National Gallery, London

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Toast by William Heath Robinson

The Toast by William Heath Robinson
A charming and detailed scene showing a large extended family, or possibly group of villagers drinking a toast around a large table groaning with delicious fruit pies, turkey, jelly, soup

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Kitchen-God, 1922. Creator: Unknown

The Kitchen-God, 1922. Creator: Unknown
The Kitchen-God, 1922. The Kitchen God is the most important of Chinese domestic gods who protect the hearth and family, recognised in Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology, and Taoism

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Kiss, 1907-08 (oil on canvas)

The Kiss, 1907-08 (oil on canvas)
XAM601 The Kiss, 1907-08 (oil on canvas) by Klimt, Gustav (1862-1918); 180x180 cm; Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria; Austrian, out of copyright

Background imageHappiness Collection: Couple jumping on tennis court, smiling

Couple jumping on tennis court, smiling

Background imageHappiness Collection: Jumping for joy at Camber Sands in Sussex. 1934

Jumping for joy at Camber Sands in Sussex. 1934

Background imageHappiness Collection: Tatler front cover 1956

Tatler front cover 1956
Front cover design in a typical 1950s style for The Tatler Early Spring Number. A woman wearing a voluminous checked blouse has a moment to herself while surrounded by lilac blossom

Background imageHappiness Collection: Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, . Morecambe & Wise, Britains top comedians

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, . Morecambe & Wise, Britains top comedians
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, .Morecambe & Wise, Britains top comedians, were the guests of honour at a luncheon to mark the publication of their autobiography Eric and Ernie. 25/09/1973

Background imageHappiness Collection: Public Statue of a Sailor Kissing a Nurse

Public Statue of a Sailor Kissing a Nurse
Public Statue of a sailor kissing a nurse, Sarasota, Florida, black and white

Background imageHappiness Collection: His Masters Vice by George Studdy

His Masters Vice by George Studdy
Bonzo finds that consumption of his masters favourite drink has an unforeseen effect. A small puppy lies in a deliciously drunken stupour after helping himself to perhaps some gin or whiskey from a

Background imageHappiness Collection: Fair Exchange by George Studdy

Fair Exchange by George Studdy
Bonzo and the baby find fair exchange is no robbery. A rather alarming scene where the comic canine creation of George Studdy, Bonzo

Background imageHappiness Collection: Smiley face symbols

Smiley face symbols, computer artwork

Background imageHappiness Collection: Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth II) on her betrothal to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten

Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth II) on her betrothal to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, Buckingham Palace, London
5999700 Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth II) on her betrothal to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, Buckingham Palace, London, 1947 (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageHappiness Collection: Italian Wedding Card

Italian Wedding Card
Dancing cherubs on a good luck card, looking forward to the couples silver, gold and diamond anniversaries!

Background imageHappiness Collection: Rasselas and Imlac digging a tunnel

Rasselas and Imlac digging a tunnel
Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, together with his companion, the wise man Imlac, digging a tunnel in order to escape the Happy Valley and see what life is like beyond it

Background imageHappiness Collection: Australian Kangaroo sleeping with Australian Flag

Australian Kangaroo sleeping with Australian Flag
Kangaroo sleeping with Australian Flag

Background imageHappiness Collection: Ball at La Monnaie, 1912 (oil on canvas)

Ball at La Monnaie, 1912 (oil on canvas)
CUL4929406 Ball at La Monnaie, 1912 (oil on canvas) by Moreau, Henri (1869-1943); Musee des Beaux-Arts, Tournai, Belgium; (add.info.: MOREAU, Henri (1869-1943). Ball at La Monnaie. 1912

Background imageHappiness Collection: Ball at the Moulin de la Galette, 1876 (oil on canvas)

Ball at the Moulin de la Galette, 1876 (oil on canvas)
XIR36481 Ball at the Moulin de la Galette, 1876 (oil on canvas) by Renoir, Pierre Auguste (1841-1919); 131x175 cm; Musee d Orsay, Paris, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageHappiness Collection: A Crowd of people enjoying themselves at the Earlswood Wood Jazz Festival Fulford

A Crowd of people enjoying themselves at the Earlswood Wood Jazz Festival Fulford Hall Birmingham. The star-studded event was at the home of Councillor Rob Pryke

Background imageHappiness Collection: Good Luck Charms of Nenette and Rintintin bring good luck

Good Luck Charms of Nenette and Rintintin bring good luck
WW1 era France - The tiny yarn-doll good luck charms of Nenette and Rintintin bring good luck. Popular during the First World War in Paris and beyond. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageHappiness Collection: Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) growing on fallow fields near Orvieto, Umbria, Italy, June

Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) growing on fallow fields near Orvieto, Umbria, Italy, June. Taken with fisheye lens

Background imageHappiness Collection: Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). Spring, 1873

Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). Spring, 1873
Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). French painter. Spring, 1873. Oil on Canvas. Metropolitan Museum. New York. United States

Background imageHappiness Collection: Baby quokka

Baby quokka
Always happy to see you quokkas of Rottnest Island

Background imageHappiness Collection: 1960s Surfers Running in the Water

1960s Surfers Running in the Water
Group of surfers running in water with surfboards, smiling. Tom Kelley Archive

Background imageHappiness Collection: The Earths Awakening, 1909, (c1930). Creator: Edward Atkinson Hornel

The Earths Awakening, 1909, (c1930). Creator: Edward Atkinson Hornel
The Earths Awakening, 1909, (c1930). A group of girls celebrate the coming of Spring, indicated by the snowdrops in the foreground

Background imageHappiness Collection: Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) cub yawning. Yuan Meng, first giant panda ever born in France

Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) cub yawning. Yuan Meng, first giant panda ever born in France, age 10 months, Captive at Beauval Zoo, Saint Aignan sur Cher, France

Background imageHappiness Collection: Smile gold foil message

Smile gold foil message
Gold foil glitter inspirational quote on a plain white background

Background imageHappiness Collection: Shirley Temple starring in Captain January

Shirley Temple starring in Captain January
Shirley Temple (1926-2014) starring in Captain January (American musical comedy-drama film directed by David Butler), 1936 - 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation Production. Date: 1936

Background imageHappiness Collection: Llandudno, North Wales - two jolly holidaymaking couples

Llandudno, North Wales - two jolly holidaymaking couples walk along the seafront arm in arm. Date: late 1930s

Background imageHappiness Collection: Hamer Woman, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Hamer Woman, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Portrait of Hamer woman, Dimeka, Omo Valley

Background imageHappiness Collection: Young man in white shirt and blue jeans jumping

Young man in white shirt and blue jeans jumping

Background imageHappiness Collection: Man with a naked torso wearing long underwear in a horse barn sitting on bales of hay

Man with a naked torso wearing long underwear in a horse barn sitting on bales of hay

Background imageHappiness Collection: Bare-chested man laughing

Bare-chested man laughing

Background imageHappiness Collection: Bare-chested young man smiling, portrait

Bare-chested young man smiling, portrait

Background imageHappiness Collection: Arrival of troop train by Fortunino Matania

Arrival of troop train by Fortunino Matania
Back for Christmas holidays: arrival of a troop train in London by Fortunino Matania. Scene in Victoria train station a few minutes after the arrival of a troop train bringing back British soldiers

Background imageHappiness Collection: Silhouette swimwear advertisement, 1962

Silhouette swimwear advertisement, 1962
Jolly advertisement for Silhouette swimwear featuring a number of smiling (and, perhaps a little vacuous-looking) women on a beach wearing some brightly printed swimwear

Background imageHappiness Collection: A Quiet Half Hour by Leo Fontan

A Quiet Half Hour by Leo Fontan
A contented looking young woman, wearing a lovely pink, silk dress, matching shoes and lace cap, enjoys some me-time as she reads a book lying flat on her stomach and smokes like a chimney

Background imageHappiness Collection: Thailand farmers

Thailand farmers rice planting and grow rice in the rainy season. Chanwit Whanset



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Happiness is a timeless masterpiece, painted by the brushstrokes of life itself. From Benjamin Lay's revolutionary spirit in the 18th century to HRH Queen Elizabeth II's regal grace, happiness transcends time and space. Just like Edward Atkinson Hornel's vibrant depiction of The Coming of Spring, it blooms in our hearts with every passing season. In the realm of love and joy, we witness a couple on a tennis court, their smiles mirroring the exuberant woman jumping in the foreground. As William Heath Robinson raises his comical toast to happiness, we are reminded that laughter truly is an elixir for our souls. From picturesque Juan les Pins travel posters enticing us with promises of sun-kissed bliss to Titian's Noli Me Tangere captivating us with its profound beauty, happiness takes many forms. It dances through our lives like a couple jumping on a tennis court, their infectious enthusiasm spreading like wildfire. Even amidst challenging times, such as Pope Francis leaving on his Popemobile after his weekly general audience or during moments when uncertainty looms large like The Kitchen-God watching over us silently; happiness finds its way into our hearts if we open ourselves up to its embrace. Just as Gustav Klimt immortalized passion and tenderness in The Kiss or when jumpers leapt for joy at Camber Sands in Sussex back in 1934; these snapshots remind us that true happiness lies within simple pleasures and genuine connections. So let us cherish each moment and celebrate this eternal pursuit called 'happiness. ' For it is not confined to any era or canvas but resides within each one of us waiting to be discovered.