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Illustrations have the power to transport us to different worlds, capturing our imagination and bringing stories to life. In "The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI

Background imageIllustrations Collection: WW2 poster, How to tackle a fire bomb

WW2 poster, How to tackle a fire bomb, indoors and outdoors, with explanatory illustrations, by the Ministry of Home Security. Date: early 1940s

Background imageIllustrations Collection: The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI. Sports Without Broad Acres by

The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI. Sports Without Broad Acres by
The difficult problem of how to enjoy games and field sports when you live in a block of flats has triumphantly solved. The sixth in the series of Ideal Home designs by W. Heath Robinson

Background imageIllustrations Collection: An Ideal Home No. I by William Heath Robinson

An Ideal Home No. I by William Heath Robinson
The first in the series of the Ideal Home designs by W. Heath Robinson. The illustrations from The Sketch depict ingenious space creating ideas for the spatially challenged home

Background imageIllustrations Collection: L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery

L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. How our gunners won the VC and silenced the fire of the German guns in face of overwhelming odds Retreat from Mons, 1st September 1914

Background imageIllustrations Collection: The Last Caravan by A. E. Bestall

The Last Caravan by A. E. Bestall
A colour illustration by Alfred Bestall showing a fantasy scene where a group of travellers are being spied on from woodland by a centaur and female imps

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Viking ship, sunset, silhouette, 3D graphics

Viking ship, sunset, silhouette, 3D graphics

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon

Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon
Chris Reynolds was a fireman at Paddington fire station and a talented cartoon artist. He produced a series of LFB/MFB cartoons of which this is one

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Plan of ship SS Great Britain

Plan of ship SS Great Britain
Illustrations showing a side cutaway view and an overhead view of Brunel's steamship SS Great Britain, launched in 1843. Date: 1845

Background imageIllustrations Collection: The Unknown Warrior - scene at Westminster Abbey

The Unknown Warrior - scene at Westminster Abbey, 11th November 1920. Fortunino Matania, Ri (1881-1963). One of the most accomplished realistic illustrators and artists of his time

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Pansies, Pensees, or Hearts Ease, Thoughts

Pansies, Pensees, or Hearts Ease, Thoughts
Pansies, Pensees, or Hearts Ease, Viola tricolor, Thoughts: You occupy my thoughts or Pensez a Moi. Handcoloured lithograph by Dean

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061

Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061
Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 19th-century diagram. This geocentric (Earth-centred) model shows the orbits of Mercury and Venus as a series of epicycles (loops)

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Scotland vs. England Football Match, 1872

Scotland vs. England Football Match, 1872
Illustrations from the Scotland vs. England Friendly of 30th November 1872, played at West of Scotland Cricket Club Ground, Partick, near Glasgow

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Illustrations of a Sealyham terrier puppy by Cecil Aldin

Illustrations of a Sealyham terrier puppy by Cecil Aldin
Illustrations of a Sealyham terrier called Bunch, by Cecil Aldin. Seen here running away from his owners (left) and winding his lead round his masters legs (right). Date: 1932

Background imageIllustrations Collection: More Golfing Notes, by William Heath Robinson

More Golfing Notes, by William Heath Robinson
Some suggestions for the novice. Illustrations showing various devices to assist golfing skills. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Dresden Codex

Dresden Codex
Part of the Mayan manuscript known as the Dresden Codex : the illustrations appear to show gods and demons

Background imageIllustrations Collection: 1920s France La Vie Parisienne Magazine Cover

1920s France La Vie Parisienne Magazine Cover

Background imageIllustrations Collection: This cost a pretty figure by Merlin Enabnit

This cost a pretty figure by Merlin Enabnit
Pin up girl by Merlin Enabnit (1903-1979) posed provocatively in her underwear while examining a string of pearls. Enabnit was born in Des Moines, Iowa and was a successful commercial artist

Background imageIllustrations Collection: The Flower Market Of The Madeleine by Blampied

The Flower Market Of The Madeleine by Blampied
An illustration by Edmund Blampied of a bustling flower market at the Place de la Madeleine in Paris. Blampied (1886-1966) drew countless illustrations for the ILN magazines

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Giant Squid VT 7670 Illustration In profile Architeuthis © Valerie Taylor / ARDEA LONDON

Giant Squid VT 7670 Illustration In profile Architeuthis © Valerie Taylor / ARDEA LONDON
VT-7670 Giant Squid Illustration Architeuthis Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Eve Before The Fall. By A. E. Bestall

Eve Before The Fall. By A. E. Bestall
A scene beside a waterfall of four girls in their bathing costumes. The girls are watching the waterfall, prehaps resting after swimming

Background imageIllustrations Collection: A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring

A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring, drawn and engraved by John Emslie and published by James Reynolds in 1849

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Scenes of peasant working life, Ireland

Scenes of peasant working life, Ireland
These illustrations show women and men engaged in activities such as carding wool, spinning, sowing, threshing, minnowing and scutching

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Moa bird painting - extinct

Moa bird painting - extinct
PM-9041 Moa bird painting - extinct Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageIllustrations Collection: No Coupons by David Wright

No Coupons by David Wright
A lady, half naked and wearing stockings, placing a hat on her head. Wright produced a series of over 160 illustrations or pin-ups for The Sketch during the 1940 s

Background imageIllustrations Collection: A British Charge at Hooge

A British Charge at Hooge
Illustrations showing a charge by soldiers of the Liverpool and Scottish regiments to recapture a trench taken by the Germans who took it by using flame-projectors to spray fire

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Illustration: Brown Kiwi- from Buller 1873

Illustration: Brown Kiwi- from Buller 1873
PM-9672 Illustration: Brown Kiwi- from Buller 1873 New Zealand Apteryx australis Flightless birds Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Dickens / Pickwick Papers

Dickens / Pickwick Papers
Front cover of the first issue with illustrations by Seymour, edited by Boz

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Black & White Illustration: Crab zoea larvae. Pagurus etc

Black & White Illustration: Crab zoea larvae. Pagurus etc
PM-9700 Black & White Illustration: Crab zoea larvae. Pagurus etc Marine plankton Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageIllustrations Collection: The Strongest by Fortunino Matania

The Strongest by Fortunino Matania
The Strongest, by Fortunino Matania, RI (1881-1963). One of the most accomplished realistic illustrators and artists of his time

Background imageIllustrations Collection: The Lady of Shalott setting out on her boat for Camelot

The Lady of Shalott setting out on her boat for Camelot
Colour illustration of the Lady of Shalott setting out on her boat for Camelot

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Repeating Pattern - Heath Robinson Motorcars

Repeating Pattern - Heath Robinson Motorcars
Repeating Pattern - Wiliam Heath Robinson illustrations from How to be a Motorist - pale yellow background. *PLEASE NOTE that the magifying glass is solely to show the detail of the repeating pattern

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Gordon Highlander interrogated by German Officers

Gordon Highlander interrogated by German Officers
I won t - After a raid on the British lines in Northern France, a Gordon Highlander is being interrogated by German Officers.. Fortunino Matania, Ri (1881-1963)

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Modern pottery and flower

Modern pottery and flower
Miho Art Studio

Background imageIllustrations Collection: The Linesman Who Snored at Wimbledon

The Linesman Who Snored at Wimbledon
A linesman disrupts play at Wimbledon by letting out a loud snore mid-point. 1928

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Wrapper design, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Wrapper design, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Wrapper design, first monthly instalment of the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, with illustrations by George Cruikshank, dated January 1846. 1846

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Forty Fine Ladies

Illustration by Cecil Aldin, Forty Fine Ladies, with text by Patrick R Chalmers. The Huntsmans Story -- huntsmen, horses and hounds on a country road and crossing a field. Date: 1933

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Sheffield - I have just arrived here

Sheffield - I have just arrived here
Sheffield City Archives co Media Storehouse Miscellaneous

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Repeating Pattern - Art Deco Woman

Repeating Pattern - Art Deco Woman - black background. *PLEASE NOTE that the magifying glass is solely to show the detail of the repeating pattern and will not feature on the final file.*

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Repeating Pattern - Art Deco Women

Repeating Pattern - Art Deco Women - dark blue background. *PLEASE NOTE that the magifying glass is solely to show the detail of the repeating pattern and will not feature on the final file.*

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Repeating Pattern - Tea Cups

Repeating Pattern - Tea Cups. *PLEASE NOTE that the magnifying glass is solely to show the detail of the repeating pattern and will not feature on the final file.*

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Papaver (Poppy), two varieties

Papaver (Poppy), two varieties
Two varieties of Papaver (Poppy) -- Papaver flore pleno rubrum (Double Red) and Papaver Eraticum rubrum (Wild Red), drawn by Basilius Besler (1561-1629)

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Repulsing the famous Prussian guard at Ypres

Repulsing the famous Prussian guard at Ypres. With the British Army on the Western Front - published in 1916 for Tatler and Sphere, though the illustration was first done in 1914

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Illustrations of the Apocalypse from a Low German Luther Bib

Illustrations of the Apocalypse from a Low German Luther Bible. From: Biblia Dat ys: De gantze Hillige Schrifft Ddesch. D. M. Luther.. Date: 1578

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Rainy Day, 1950s, UK

Rainy Day, 1950s, UK

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Black-out by Merlin Enabnit

Black-out by Merlin Enabnit
Black-haired pin up girl by Merlin Enabnit (1903-1979) dressed in a black swimsuit and striking a classic pin up girl pose

Background imageIllustrations Collection: In Possession. By A. E. Bestall

In Possession. By A. E. Bestall
Three girls sat on a bank by a stream watching a crab under the water. Alfred Bestall (1892-1986) is best-known as the artist who drew Rupert Bear for thirty years

Background imageIllustrations Collection: Illustration: Angler fish- from Couch 1877

Illustration: Angler fish- from Couch 1877
PM-9717 Illustration: Anglerfish / Sea Monkfish - from Couch 1877 Lophius piscatorius Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway



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Illustrations have the power to transport us to different worlds, capturing our imagination and bringing stories to life. In "The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI. Sports Without Broad Acres by William Heath Robinson, " we witness a whimsical depiction of sports taking place in unconventional settings, showcasing the artist's creativity and humor. Meanwhile, "An Ideal Home No. I" presents an idyllic vision of domestic bliss through intricate illustrations that invite us into a world of comfort and beauty. In "L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, " we are taken back in time as we marvel at the detailed illustration of soldiers on horseback, ready for battle. The vibrant colors of hortensia and lilac flowers add a touch of elegance to this scene. "The Last Caravan" by A. E. Bestall evokes a sense of adventure with its stunning portrayal of a Viking ship sailing into the sunset, its silhouette standing boldly against the sky. The use of 3D graphics adds depth and realism to this captivating image. Plate 113 introduces us to Strawberry Wilmots Superb - a luscious fruit that looks almost too good to eat. This illustration entices our taste buds while celebrating nature's bounty. Turning our attention towards history, the plan of ship SS Great Britain takes center stage in all its grandeur and complexity. This meticulous illustration showcases both engineering prowess and artistic skill. Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon brings laughter as it captures the chaos surrounding firefighting efforts during that era with wit and charm. With Plate 32, we delve into an enchanting world where mythical creatures come alive through breathtaking illustrations that ignite our imagination. From humorous cartoons to historical depictions or fantastical realms – illustrations hold endless possibilities for storytelling and visual delight.