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Noise Collection

From the serene melodies of a wren singing in Cleveland to the deafening blast of a Metropolitan Police air raid siren

Background imageNoise Collection: A Select Committee, 1891, (c1930). Creator: Henry Stacy Marks

A Select Committee, 1891, (c1930). Creator: Henry Stacy Marks
A Select Committee, 1891, (c1930). Anthropomorphic depiction of exotic birds including macaws, parrots, and sulphur-crested cockatoos. Painting in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Background imageNoise Collection: Wren Singing Cleveland, England. UK

Wren Singing Cleveland, England. UK
ROY-45 Wren - Singing Cleveland, England. UK Troglodytes troglodytes Roy Glen Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageNoise Collection: U. S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps performing

U. S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps performing
February 27, 2007 - U.S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps perform during the Marine Corps Battle Color Ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona

Background imageNoise Collection: Metropolitan Police air raid siren

Metropolitan Police air raid siren
A Metropolitan Police air raid siren, as used in wartime

Background imageNoise Collection: Lis / Fat Lady Sings

Lis / Fat Lady Sings
It isn t over.. til the fat lady sings. A female singer sings a song

Background imageNoise Collection: Future New York

Future New York will be pre- eminently the city of skyscrapers - and of noise, what with the elevated railway passing your window and the aircraft flying low overhead

Background imageNoise Collection: Sloppy Joes Bar, Havana, Cuba, 1951

Sloppy Joes Bar, Havana, Cuba, 1951. The world famous Sloppy Joes welcomed tourists for over four decades, and offered over 80 cocktails in addition to the bars own brand of 12 year old rum

Background imageNoise Collection: Louis Wain, Daddy Cat - trumpeter

Louis Wain, Daddy Cat - trumpeter. circa 1910s

Background imageNoise Collection: The headache, from the series L Imagination, c. 1830 (litho) (b / w photo)

The headache, from the series L Imagination, c. 1830 (litho) (b / w photo)
XIR287002 The headache, from the series L Imagination, c.1830 (litho) (b/w photo) by Daumier, Honore (1808-79); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add.info.: Serie L Imagination)

Background imageNoise Collection: Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) growling, Kodiak Island, Alaska

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) growling, Kodiak Island, Alaska

Background imageNoise Collection: Canadian gunners, Battle of Vimy Ridge, France, WW1

Canadian gunners, Battle of Vimy Ridge, France, WW1
Canadian gunners firing a 6 inch Howitzer during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, northern France, during the First World War. Date: April 1917

Background imageNoise Collection: East End Gin Palace (litho)

East End Gin Palace (litho)
582285 East End Gin Palace (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: East End Gin Palace)

Background imageNoise Collection: Bagpiper Craig McIntosh practises playing his bagpipes in a field

Bagpiper Craig McIntosh practises playing his bagpipes in a field, where the only audience is a herd of cattle, pictured 3rd January 1981

Background imageNoise Collection: Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) pricket juvenile stag, listening to roaring stags

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) pricket juvenile stag, listening to roaring stags, silhouetted at sunrise during rutting season, Richmond Park, London, England, October

Background imageNoise Collection: Black-tailed Prairie Dog barking. MI851

Black-tailed Prairie Dog barking. MI851
TOM-1519 Black-tailed Prairie Dog barking. Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park, Montana, USA Cynomys ludovicianus Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageNoise Collection: Cartoon on the Trenches

Cartoon on the Trenches
Well, if you knows of a better ole go to it! A comic glance at the desperate reality of the trenches

Background imageNoise Collection: Noise Pollution

Noise Pollution
A knife-grinder, a milkmaid, dogs, beggars, musicians, a coalman, and a dustman, a postboy with his horn and a child with her rattle - noise pollution in the 18th century

Background imageNoise Collection: Playing in Parts, etched by James Gillray (1757-1815) published by Hannah Humphrey in

Playing in Parts, etched by James Gillray (1757-1815) published by Hannah Humphrey in
NCO191733 Playing in Parts, etched by James Gillray (1757-1815) published by Hannah Humphrey in 1801 (hand-coloured etching) by North

Background imageNoise Collection: Rock'n Roll

Rock'n Roll
Greetje van Son

Background imageNoise Collection: Illustration, stereo system

Illustration, stereo system

Background imageNoise Collection: Norwegian railway

Norwegian railway
When the railway comes over Dovre Mountain, Norway. Caricature by Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914)

Background imageNoise Collection: Metropolitan Police gas mask, bag, rattle and tin helmet

Metropolitan Police gas mask, bag, rattle and tin helmet
A Metropolitan Police gas mask, bag, rattle and tin helmet, as used in wartime

Background imageNoise Collection: Hailing taxis / W H Robinson -test edit

Hailing taxis / W H Robinson -test edit
The fitting of the new Heath Robinson taxi hailer dissolves all difficulties of inadequate whistles (due in some cases to dental work)

Background imageNoise Collection: A Harris Hawk calling

A Harris Hawk calling
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imageNoise Collection: A baker blowing his horn, c.1648. Creator: Adriaen van Ostade

A baker blowing his horn, c.1648. Creator: Adriaen van Ostade
A baker blowing his horn, c.1648.

Background imageNoise Collection: The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: meeting of the Reine Hortense and the Osborne

The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: meeting of the Reine Hortense and the Osborne, 1865. Creator: Smyth
The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: meeting of the Reine Hortense and the Osborne, 1865. 'There are few places in which a naval spectacle can be seen to greater advantage than

Background imageNoise Collection: The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth:...the Solferino saluting the English flag, 1865

The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth:...the Solferino saluting the English flag, 1865. Creator: Smyth
The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: arrival of the French fleet - the Solferino saluting the English flag, 1865

Background imageNoise Collection: The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: Review on Southsea Common, 1865. Creator: Unknown

The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: Review on Southsea Common, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: Review on Southsea Common, 1865. Illustration of a parade of troops. '...the line was formed...in full view of the combined fleets anchored at

Background imageNoise Collection: Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi at the Crystal Palace on Saturday last, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi at the Crystal Palace on Saturday last, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi at the Crystal Palace on Saturday last, 1864. The Italian patriot in a '...box erected at the north-west comer of the great transept

Background imageNoise Collection: Garibaldi's visit to London: arrival at Charing-Cross, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Garibaldi's visit to London: arrival at Charing-Cross, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Garibaldi's visit to London: arrival at Charing-Cross, [London], 1864. View of '...the scene which took place at Charing Cross...when Garibaldi had arrived so far on his way to Stafford

Background imageNoise Collection: Leader of the Band by Muriel Dawson

Leader of the Band by Muriel Dawson
A boisterous child makes a racquet with a pan and lid. Even his toy donkey looks pained by the noise. Date: c.1925-30

Background imageNoise Collection: 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed

2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Goodwood, England. 3rd July 2009. Young Ferrari fans. Atmosphere. World Copyright: Kevin Wood/LAT Photographic Ref: Digital Image IMG_8528a

Background imageNoise Collection: 19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe (engraving)

19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe (engraving)
5306399 19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNoise Collection: On the Beach; Sur la Plage, (oil on canvas)

On the Beach; Sur la Plage, (oil on canvas)
653514 On the Beach; Sur la Plage, (oil on canvas) by Adrion, Lucien (1889-1953); 28x41 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: On the Beach; Sur la Plage. Lucien Adrion (1889-1953). Oil on canvas

Background imageNoise Collection: Floral Whispers

Floral Whispers
Alisa Galitsyna

Background imageNoise Collection: A team of horses from a British battery stampede in fright from bursting German shells during WWI

A team of horses from a British battery stampede in fright from bursting German shells during WWI (litho)
3252877 A team of horses from a British battery stampede in fright from bursting German shells during WWI (litho); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageNoise Collection: A police officer investigating noise

A police officer investigating noise
5616123 A police officer investigating noise; (add.info.: Cartoon depicting a police officer from the Bow Street police station, investigating noise from the Royal Opera House)

Background imageNoise Collection: 19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe

19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe
5306401 19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNoise Collection: 19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe

19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe
5306400 19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNoise Collection: A family beating pans and metal kitchen utensils to encourage a swarm of bees to settle in a tree

A family beating pans and metal kitchen utensils to encourage a swarm of bees to settle in a tree
5310054 A family beating pans and metal kitchen utensils to encourage a swarm of bees to settle in a tree; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a family beating pans)

Background imageNoise Collection: Cartoon depicting a boy scaring birds

Cartoon depicting a boy scaring birds
5309063 Cartoon depicting a boy scaring birds; (add.info.: Cartoon depicting a boy scaring birds. The boy is using a clack, rattle or whizzer, a noisy wooden contraption)

Background imageNoise Collection: Visitor on a rainy day

Visitor on a rainy day
Teruhiko Tsuchida

Background imageNoise Collection: 1861 cartoon illustration showing a road builder ramming paving and kerb blocks into place

1861 cartoon illustration showing a road builder ramming paving and kerb blocks into place
5308719 1861 cartoon illustration showing a road builder ramming paving and kerb blocks into place and frightening a horse with the sudden noise; (add.info)

Background imageNoise Collection: The Quiet Street, a Sketch from a Study Window, 1856. Satirical print showing a noisy London

The Quiet Street, a Sketch from a Study Window, 1856. Satirical print showing a noisy London street: a brassband
FLO4995451 The Quiet Street, a Sketch from a Study Window, 1856. Satirical print showing a noisy London street: a brassband, Masaniello's pipe organ, a hurdy gurdy, blackface musicians

Background imageNoise Collection: 19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe

19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe
5306398 19th century cartoon of a French restaurant or cafe; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNoise Collection: Stephenson's locomotive manufactory at Newcastle-On-Tyne: the steam-hammer, 1864

Stephenson's locomotive manufactory at Newcastle-On-Tyne: the steam-hammer, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson
Stephenson's locomotive manufactory at Newcastle-On-Tyne: the steam-hammer, 1864....night view of that portion of the forging department containing the Nasmyth steam-hammers

Background imageNoise Collection: The War in Schleswig: the Battle of Over-Selk - from a sketch by our special artist, 1864

The War in Schleswig: the Battle of Over-Selk - from a sketch by our special artist, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The War in Schleswig: the Battle of Over-Selk - from a sketch by our special artist, 1864. The Battle of Konigshugel, also known as the Battle of Ober-Selk

Background imageNoise Collection: A stampede of jackals through the environs of Calcutta, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson

A stampede of jackals through the environs of Calcutta, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson
A stampede of jackals through the environs of Calcutta, 1864. A walk through Calcutta about midnight reveals to the European stranger many curious sights



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From the serene melodies of a wren singing in Cleveland to the deafening blast of a Metropolitan Police air raid siren, it has always played a significant role in our lives. In 1891, Henry Stacy Marks captured the essence with his artwork depicting a bustling Select Committee meeting. Fast forward to future New York, where the cacophony of city life reaches new heights. But noise isn't limited to human-made sounds; nature too has its own symphony. The growl of a Brown Bear on Kodiak Island and the majestic roar of Red Deer stags echo through their respective habitats, captivating our senses. In Havana's Sloppy Joes Bar in 1951, laughter and lively conversations mingled with clinking glasses as patrons reveled in the vibrant atmosphere. Meanwhile, Bagpiper Craig McIntosh practiced his craft amidst peaceful fields, filling the air with haunting melodies that transport us to distant lands. Even animals contribute their unique voices to this grand chorus. Louis Wain's whimsical illustration portrays Daddy Cat blowing his trumpet with feline finesse. During times of war, noise takes on an entirely different meaning. Canadian gunners at Vimy Ridge unleashed thunderous artillery fire while U. S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps performed solemn tunes that stirred patriotic emotions. Whether it is harmonious or chaotic, soothing or jarring, noise surrounds us every day – shaping our experiences and evoking powerful emotions within us.