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"Capturing the Essence of Informality: From Paul McCartney to The Queen and Beyond" Step into a world where formality takes a backseat

Background imageInformal Collection: Paul McCartney (1942-)

Paul McCartney (1942-)
Informal photograph of Paul McCartney with an acoustic guitar, c.1963

Background imageInformal Collection: Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881. Oil on canvas. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881. Oil on canvas. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) French painter. Party eating and drinking under awning in the open air by a riverside

Background imageInformal Collection: The Queen with a Land-Rover at Badminton Horse Trials

The Queen with a Land-Rover at Badminton Horse Trials
The Queen and other members of the Royal Family stand by a Land-Rover, with their host, the Duke of Beautfort, at the Badminton Three-day Horse Trials. Date: 1956

Background imageInformal Collection: Christmas Day 1914

Christmas Day 1914
Fraternisation between German and English soldiers on Christmas Day 1914 on the Western Front in France during World War I

Background imageInformal Collection: The Lost Gardens of Heligan, UK

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, UK
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, UK

Background imageInformal Collection: RAF Belize - No. 1417 Flight RAF July 1990 informal

RAF Belize - No. 1417 Flight RAF July 1990 informal
RAF Belize - No.1417 Flight RAF, July 1990 informal photograph. Taken at Foxy-Golf hide on Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Ladyville, Belize

Background imageInformal Collection: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Tsarevitch, Grand Duchess Tatian

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Tsarevitch, Grand Duchess Tatian
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia pictured with two of his children, the Grand Duchess Tatiana and Alexei, the Tsarevitch, building a fortification from snow in the grounds of the Imperial Palace at

Background imageInformal Collection: Young man in a suit and without shirt lying on a couch

Young man in a suit and without shirt lying on a couch

Background imageInformal Collection: Young man in a suit and without shirt kneeling on a couch

Young man in a suit and without shirt kneeling on a couch

Background imageInformal Collection: Young man in underwear with headphones in colorful light

Young man in underwear with headphones in colorful light

Background imageInformal Collection: Study of the Duke of York, 1923. Artist: John Singer Sargent

Study of the Duke of York, 1923. Artist: John Singer Sargent
Study of the Duke of York, 1923. A gift to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon from the American Ambassador. A print from The Illustrated London News Wedding Number, 28th April 1923

Background imageInformal Collection: Bare-chested man laughing

Bare-chested man laughing

Background imageInformal Collection: Young man wearing an open plaid shirt in a backyard

Young man wearing an open plaid shirt in a backyard

Background imageInformal Collection: Members of St Kilda Parliament, Isle of Harris, Scotland

Members of St Kilda Parliament, Isle of Harris, Scotland
Members of the St Kilda Parliament, Isle of Harris, Scotland. It was an informal, democratic group of men who met on a regular basis in the village street to agree on any work to be done

Background imageInformal Collection: Margaret Rawlings, actress, (1906-1996) theatrical and informal portraits

Margaret Rawlings, actress, (1906-1996) theatrical and informal portraits. Captioned, White in a single night'. With description, A camera-study of Margaret Rowlings

Background imageInformal Collection: Portrait of a young man in sunlight, beauty shot

Portrait of a young man in sunlight, beauty shot

Background imageInformal Collection: Young man wearing bathing trunks, leaning against a concrete wall

Young man wearing bathing trunks, leaning against a concrete wall

Background imageInformal Collection: Bare-chested cowboy leaning on a cow gate

Bare-chested cowboy leaning on a cow gate

Background imageInformal Collection: Geisha / Instruments / C1900

Geisha / Instruments / C1900
Three geisha, in informal kimono: one practises on her shamisen whilst another reads

Background imageInformal Collection: Middlebrough Cricket

Middlebrough Cricket
The Middlesbrough cricket team pose for a photograph on their ground; players wear a variety of check and striped shirts, caps and hats, and carry bats or balls

Background imageInformal Collection: 18th Royal Irish Regiment Camp, Sebastopol, May 1856 (b / w photo)

18th Royal Irish Regiment Camp, Sebastopol, May 1856 (b / w photo)
NAM375345 18th Royal Irish Regiment Camp, Sebastopol, May 1856 (b/w photo) by Robertson, James (1813-88); National Army Museum

Background imageInformal Collection: Madame Escudier, c1883. Creator: John Singer Sargent

Madame Escudier, c1883. Creator: John Singer Sargent
Madame Escudier, c1883. Sargent painted many members of Parisian high society, among them Louise Lefevre Escudier. In this informal portrait, she is shown close-up, her direct gaze, tilted head

Background imageInformal Collection: Book Cafe

Book Cafe
Jukyong Park

Background imageInformal Collection: Book Cafe

Book Cafe
Jukyong Park

Background imageInformal Collection: Pablo Picasso and Moise Kisling, c.1910 (b/w photo)

Pablo Picasso and Moise Kisling, c.1910 (b/w photo)
992143 Pablo Picasso and Moise Kisling, c.1910 (b/w photo); Private Collection; (add.info.: Moise Kisling, born Mojżesz Kisling (Krakow, January 22, 1891 - Sanary-sur-Mer, April 29)

Background imageInformal Collection: Juan Domingo Peron and Eva Duarte de Peron

Juan Domingo Peron and Eva Duarte de Peron
Juan Domingo Peron (1895-1974), Argentinian soldier and politician, with his wife Eva Peron (Evita, 1919-1952), in May 1946, just before he became President. 1946

Background imageInformal Collection: Alice Keppel with her daughter Violet Trefusius, 1905 (b / w photo)

Alice Keppel with her daughter Violet Trefusius, 1905 (b / w photo)
ILN283294 Alice Keppel with her daughter Violet Trefusius, 1905 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); The Illustrated London News Picture Library, London

Background imageInformal Collection: Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Femme de Marchand en Deshabillé d'Esté, 1687

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Femme de Marchand en Deshabillé d'Esté, 1687. Creator: Nicolas Arnoult
Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Femme de Marchand en Deshabille d'Este, 1687

Background imageInformal Collection: Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Fille de Qualité, en d'Eshabillé d'Esté, 1687

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Fille de Qualité, en d'Eshabillé d'Esté, 1687. Creator: Nicolas Arnoult
Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Fille de Qualite, en d'Eshabille d'Este, 1687

Background imageInformal Collection: Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Fille de Qualité, en d'Eshabillé d'Este, 1687

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Fille de Qualité, en d'Eshabillé d'Este, 1687. Creator: Nicolas Arnoult
Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Fille de Qualite, en d'Eshabille d'Este, 1687

Background imageInformal Collection: Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Femme de Qualité, en d'Eshabillé d'Esté, 1687

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Femme de Qualité, en d'Eshabillé d'Esté, 1687. Creator: Nicolas Arnoult
Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Femme de Qualite, en d'Eshabille d'Este, 1687

Background imageInformal Collection: Portrait of Aernout van Beeftingh, his Wife Jacoba Maria Boon and their Children, 1797

Portrait of Aernout van Beeftingh, his Wife Jacoba Maria Boon and their Children, 1797. Creator: Nicolaas Muys
Portrait of Aernout van Beeftingh, his Wife Jacoba Maria Boon and their Children, 1797. Other Title(s): Aernout van Beeftingh (1759-1831) with his first Wife Jacoba Maria Boon (1760-1800)

Background imageInformal Collection: H.R.H. The Prince of Wales in his Study at Marlborough House, 1891. Creator: Unknown

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales in his Study at Marlborough House, 1891. Creator: Unknown
H.R.H. The Prince of Wales in his Study at Marlborough House, 1891. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 44. July to December, 1891

Background imageInformal Collection: La Confidence, c. 1774/1775. Creator: Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet

La Confidence, c. 1774/1775. Creator: Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet
La Confidence, c. 1774/1775

Background imageInformal Collection: Quilting Bee, United States, . Creator: Unknown

Quilting Bee, United States, . Creator: Unknown
Quilting Bee, United States

Background imageInformal Collection: Aunt Hannah's quilting party, United States, 1896. Creator: Unknown

Aunt Hannah's quilting party, United States, 1896. Creator: Unknown
Aunt Hannah's quilting party, United States, 1896

Background imageInformal Collection: Out of Chaos

Out of Chaos
Thoth Adan

Background imageInformal Collection: Prince Philip talking to three members of the Devil

Prince Philip talking to three members of the Devils Club at the Young volunteers Force Foundation at Low Hill, 22nd June 1970

Background imageInformal Collection: Haile Selassie I - Crown Prince and Regent of the Ethiopian Empire (from 1916 to 1928)

Haile Selassie I - Crown Prince and Regent of the Ethiopian Empire (from 1916 to 1928), and then King and Regent (from 1928 to 1930), and finally Emperor (from 1930 to 1974)

Background imageInformal Collection: Self-Portrait, c. 1855-56 (oil on paper, laid down on canvas)

Self-Portrait, c. 1855-56 (oil on paper, laid down on canvas)
3469043 Self-Portrait, c.1855-56 (oil on paper, laid down on canvas) by Degas, Edgar (1834-1917); 40.6x34.3 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; French, out of copyright

Background imageInformal Collection: Her Majesty the Queen with the Royal Princesses, c1950. Creator: Lisa Sheridan

Her Majesty the Queen with the Royal Princesses, c1950. Creator: Lisa Sheridan
Her Majesty the Queen with the Royal Princesses, c1950. The future Queen Elizabeth II (born 1926) with her sister Princess Margaret Rose and their mother. Photographed by Studio Lisa (Lisa Sheridan)

Background imageInformal Collection: Shades DP196491

Shades DP196491
Grafitti depicting a portrait of boys in sunglasses. Hack Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands

Background imageInformal Collection: Mercury rising DP261518

Mercury rising DP261518
Walmer Castle, Deal, Dover, Kent. Looking across Walmer Castles paddock, with a statue of Mercury amongst the wild flowers and grasses

Background imageInformal Collection: Sculpture, Brinsop Court (b/w photo)

Sculpture, Brinsop Court (b/w photo)
CLF294242 Sculpture, Brinsop Court (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); © Country Life

Background imageInformal Collection: Gardens at Brinsop Court (b/w photo)

Gardens at Brinsop Court (b/w photo)
CLF294234 Gardens at Brinsop Court (b/w photo) by Evans, Frederick Henry (1853-1943); © Country Life



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"Capturing the Essence of Informality: From Paul McCartney to The Queen and Beyond" Step into a world where formality takes a backseat, as we delve into the realm moments that have left an indelible mark on history. Paul McCartney (1942-), the legendary musician who enchanted millions with his melodies, effortlessly embodies informality through his music that resonates with people from all walks of life. Even royalty embraces informality, as seen in a candid snapshot of The Queen at Badminton Horse Trials, comfortably seated in her Land-Rover. This glimpse behind the scenes reveals a side rarely witnessed by the public. Traveling back in time to Christmas Day 1914, amidst the chaos of World War I trenches, soldiers laid down their weapons for an impromptu truce. In this extraordinary display of humanity and camaraderie, formalities were set aside for a brief moment of peace. The art world also captures informal beauty; Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" transports us to 1881 France. Brushstrokes depict friends enjoying each other's company without pretense or constraint – an ode to carefree moments shared among kindred spirits. Nature itself offers solace through its hidden gems like The Lost Gardens of Heligan in the UK. Here lies a sanctuary where visitors can wander freely amongst overgrown foliage and forgotten ruins – embracing nature's own informal masterpiece. In more recent times, candid shots from All Academy PhotoShoots on September 22nd capture unguarded moments filled with laughter and genuine connections between individuals brought together by their shared experiences. Venturing further north brings us to St Kilda Parliament on Isle of Harris, Scotland - members gather informally under open skies discussing matters close to their hearts while surrounded by breathtaking landscapes that inspire free thought and open dialogue.