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Laughing Collection

From royalty to comedians, laughter transcends time and culture

Background imageLaughing Collection: The Cossacks Reply to the Sultan (Zaporozhtsy), c1890, (1939). Creator: Il ya Repin

The Cossacks Reply to the Sultan (Zaporozhtsy), c1890, (1939). Creator: Il ya Repin
The Cossacks Reply to the Sultan (Zaporozhtsy), c1890, (1939). Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of Turkey, also known as Cossacks of Saporog Are Drafting a Manifesto

Background imageLaughing Collection: American singing group The Mamas and the Papas seen here in London, l-r, Cass Elliott

American singing group The Mamas and the Papas seen here in London, l-r, Cass Elliott, Michelle Gilliam, John Philips and Denny Doherty

Background imageLaughing Collection: A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, 1670-80 (oil on canvas)

A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, 1670-80 (oil on canvas)
BAL99453 A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, 1670-80 (oil on canvas) by Murillo, Bartolome Esteban (1618-82); 52x38.5 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageLaughing Collection: The Admission by H. M. Bateman

The Admission by H. M. Bateman
A courtroom erupts into laughter as a defendant in a witness box admits the truth. Date: 1931

Background imageLaughing 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 imageLaughing 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 imageLaughing Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY, 1928. Stan Laurel, left, and Oliver Hardy with a police officer in the silent

LAUREL AND HARDY, 1928. Stan Laurel, left, and Oliver Hardy with a police officer in the silent film Leave Them Laughing, 1928

Background imageLaughing Collection: Donkey - Braying

Donkey - Braying
WAT-8519 Donkey - braying Rhone, France M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageLaughing Collection: Laughing Buddha, Tanzhe Temple, Beijing, China, Asia

Laughing Buddha, Tanzhe Temple, Beijing, China, Asia

Background imageLaughing Collection: The Laughing Cavalier, 1624, (1943). Creator: Frans Hals

The Laughing Cavalier, 1624, (1943). Creator: Frans Hals
The Laughing Cavalier, 1624, (1943). Painting in the Wallace Collection, London. From " The Studio", Volume 125. [The Offices of the Studio, London & New York, 1943]

Background imageLaughing Collection: 1950s Cinema - Childrens Saturday Matinee

1950s Cinema - Childrens Saturday Matinee. Boys and girls looking up at the screen and laughing. Two of the boys are wearing ABC badges -- the name of the cinema. Date: 1954

Background imageLaughing Collection: Playboy bunny girls, West Indies, February 1965

Playboy bunny girls, West Indies, February 1965

Background imageLaughing Collection: Films Carry On Camping Barbara Windsor covers her breasts with her hands after

Films Carry On Camping Barbara Windsor covers her breasts with her hands after losing her bikini top during morning PT lesson as Kenneth Williams looks on open mouthed and in shock

Background imageLaughing Collection: CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977). Charles Spencer Chaplin. English film actor and comedian

CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977). Charles Spencer Chaplin. English film actor and comedian. Photograph, early 20th century

Background imageLaughing Collection: Suzie the Chimp dressed up as Santa Claus Father Christmas Monkey Chimpanzee

Suzie the Chimp dressed up as Santa Claus Father Christmas Monkey Chimpanzee

Background imageLaughing Collection: The Laughing Cavalier, 1624, (c1915). Artist: Frans Hals

The Laughing Cavalier, 1624, (c1915). Artist: Frans Hals
The Laughing Cavalier, 1624, (c1915). The painting is part of the Wallace Collection, London. From International Art: Past and Present by Alfred Yockney. [Virtue & Company, London, c1915]

Background imageLaughing Collection: Fat Geese! by Lawson Wood

Fat Geese! by Lawson Wood
A cheeky young lad chuckles to himself after placing a sign for fattened geese on the posterior of a rather plump lady who is herself choosing which goose to buy for her Christmas dinner. Date: 1909

Background imageLaughing Collection: A Little Impression by H. M. Bateman

A Little Impression by H. M. Bateman
Someone elses table - a little impression, by H. M. Bateman. A game of billiards descends into raucous laughter as one player accidentally rips a hole in the green baize. Date: 1918

Background imageLaughing Collection: Nun Swivels Hula Hoop On Hips

Nun Swivels Hula Hoop On Hips
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: October 18, 1958. Benedictine Sisters at the Christ King Convent in Oklahoma City try their hand at the hula hoop craze that is sweeping the country

Background imageLaughing Collection: The Right Spirit by William Heath Robinson

The Right Spirit by William Heath Robinson
Christmas is sure to be a success if one keeps smiling on all occasions. The right and seasonable way of behaving in an unexpected encounter

Background imageLaughing Collection: Punch and Judy Man (The) (1963)

Punch and Judy Man (The) (1963)
A laughing Tony Hancock and Sylvia Syms in a scene from The Punch and Judy Man directed in 1963 by Jeremy Summers

Background imageLaughing Collection: Marilyn Monroe Football Kick, 1957

Marilyn Monroe Football Kick, 1957
American actress Marilyn Monroe kicks a football during the match Israels Hapoel club against the All-Stars US team at the Ebbets Field stadium of Brooklyn, 16 May 1957, in New-York

Background imageLaughing Collection: The Modern Witch

The Modern Witch
A reckless looking witch in a 1920s flapper dress cackles to herself as she rides her broomstick. Date: 1920s

Background imageLaughing Collection: MARILYN MONROE (1926-1962). American cinema actress. Marilyn

MARILYN MONROE (1926-1962). American cinema actress. Marilyn. 100 pinup photographs of Marilyn Monroe selected by Sydney Skolsky, c1954

Background imageLaughing Collection: Bottlenose Dolphin STA 13 Two, one on top of the other tursiops truncatus © Augusto Leandro

Bottlenose Dolphin STA 13 Two, one on top of the other tursiops truncatus © Augusto Leandro Stanzani / ARDEA
STA-13 Bottlenose DOLPHIN - two, facing, one on top of the other tursiops truncatus Distribution: Worldwide except polar regionsBottlenose Dolphin STA 13 Two

Background imageLaughing Collection: Bottlenose dolphin - blowing air bubbles underwater with mouth open

Bottlenose dolphin - blowing air bubbles underwater with mouth open
STA-75 Bottlenose dolphin - blowing air bubbles underwater with mouth open Distribution: Worldwide except polar regions Tursiops truncatus Complex play / creative behaviour

Background imageLaughing Collection: Hogarth / Audience Laughs

Hogarth / Audience Laughs
The Laughing Audience

Background imageLaughing Collection: Twelfth Night Revels in the Great Hall, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire

Twelfth Night Revels in the Great Hall, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire
STC87430 Twelfth Night Revels in the Great Hall, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, from Architecture of the Middle Ages, 1838 (litho) by Nash

Background imageLaughing Collection: HARPO MARX (1888-1964). American comedian. Photograph, early 20th century

HARPO MARX (1888-1964). American comedian. Photograph, early 20th century

Background imageLaughing Collection: Bottlenose Dolphin Two together

Bottlenose Dolphin Two together
STA-12-m Bottlenose DOLPHIN - two facing camera Tursiops truncatus Augusto Leandro Stanzani Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageLaughing Collection: Dalmatian Dog

Dalmatian Dog
JD-15310-M Dalmatian Dog Close up Head - Laughing John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageLaughing Collection: Icelandic Horse - yawning

Icelandic Horse - yawning
JD-14944 ICELANDIC HORSE - yawning John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageLaughing Collection: Soho, London - rear entrance of NCP, Peter Street W1

Soho, London - rear entrance of NCP, Peter Street W1
Soho, London - two people relaxing outside the rear entrance of the NCP car park, Peter Street W1. 1973

Background imageLaughing Collection: ELLA FITZGERALD (1917-1996). American singer. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1940

ELLA FITZGERALD (1917-1996). American singer. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1940

Background imageLaughing Collection: Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS American playwright, hugging a bulldog

Background imageLaughing Collection: (1858-1919). 26th President of the United States. Photographed at Oyster Bay in 1912 shortly after

(1858-1919). 26th President of the United States. Photographed at Oyster Bay in 1912 shortly after his nomination by
THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919). 26th President of the United States. Photographed at Oyster Bay in 1912 shortly after his nomination by the new Progressive party

Background imageLaughing Collection: Recruitment poster for the British Army

Recruitment poster for the British Army, showing four laughing and smiling soldiers marching along in their kilts, with rifles over their shoulders. Line up, boys! Enlist today

Background imageLaughing Collection: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
Pioneer film comedian Charlie Chaplin

Background imageLaughing Collection: Grey Seal, Halichoerus grypus, adult male lying on beach yawning. Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, UK. (RR)

Grey Seal, Halichoerus grypus, adult male lying on beach yawning. Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, UK. (RR)
Michael Hutchinson / SplashdownDirect

Background imageLaughing Collection: Bottlenose Dolphin - x2

Bottlenose Dolphin - x2
STA-27 Bottlenose DOLPHIN - x2, head close-up, facing camera, smiling Tursiops truncatus Augusto Leandro Stanzani Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageLaughing Collection: A golden Buddha statue at Shaolin Temple, birthplace of Kung Fu martial arts

A golden Buddha statue at Shaolin Temple, birthplace of Kung Fu martial arts, Shaolin, Henan Province, China, Asia

Background imageLaughing Collection: Barry White American soul singer arriving at Heathrow Airport with his wife Glodean White

Barry White American soul singer arriving at Heathrow Airport with his wife Glodean White and sister Linda James

Background imageLaughing Collection: Robert Lindsay and Cheryl Hall laughing during TV press call - September 1974

Robert Lindsay and Cheryl Hall laughing during TV press call - September 1974 - 20/09/1974

Background imageLaughing Collection: We ve heard about our soccer superstars being pampered, but this is ridiculous

We ve heard about our soccer superstars being pampered, but this is ridiculous! Colin Stein is the Rangers joker here as he shields John Greig from the rain with an umbrella

Background imageLaughing Collection: Famous racehorse Aldaniti with Bob Champion who together were the memorable 1981 Grand

Famous racehorse Aldaniti with Bob Champion who together were the memorable 1981 Grand National Winners. They are pictured in London celebrating three years of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust Research

Background imageLaughing Collection: Actress Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan and Paul Darrow as Avon share a joke during filming

Actress Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan and Paul Darrow as Avon share a joke during filming of cult series Blakes 7 in 1979

Background imageLaughing Collection: Picture No. 12479607

Picture No. 12479607
Chicken, Chick wearing sunglasses and easter Date:

Background imageLaughing Collection: Teddy bear playing tennis

Teddy bear playing tennis. Date: circa 1900s



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From royalty to comedians, laughter transcends time and culture. HRH Queen Elizabeth II, known for her grace and poise, shows us that even the most regal of individuals can't resist a good laugh. Laurel and Hardy, in their iconic silent film 'Leave Them Laughing, ' brought joy to audiences with their slapstick humor. The Cossacks Reply to the Sultan (Zaporozhtsy), captured by Il ya Repin in 1890, reminds us that laughter has been a universal language throughout history. Even animals join in on the laughter; just listen to the braying of a donkey. Charlie Chaplin, an English film actor and comedian who stole hearts with his timeless performances, proved that laughter knows no boundaries. In Beijing's Tanzhe Temple stands the Laughing Buddha statue, symbolizing happiness and contentment. Frans Hals' masterpiece 'The Laughing Cavalier' immortalizes infectious mirth from centuries ago. Fat Geese. By Lawson Wood captures the whimsy geese bringing smiles to our faces. Playboy bunny girls spreading joy in West Indies during February 1965 remind us that laughter is also about embracing fun and freedom. And finally, H. M Bateman's artwork titled 'A Little Impression' showcases how mischievousness can lead to uncontrollable giggles. Whether it's through art or real-life moments, let's cherish those precious instances when we find ourselves caught up in fits of genuine laughter.