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"Plume: A Symbol of Elegance and Prestige Across Time" From the regal King Charles Spaniels, with their luscious plumed tails

Background imagePlume Collection: King Charles Spaniels (The Cavaliers Pets), 1845, (c1915). Artist: Edwin Henry Landseer

King Charles Spaniels (The Cavaliers Pets), 1845, (c1915). Artist: Edwin Henry Landseer
King Charles Spaniels (The Cavaliers Pets), 1845, (c1915). The painting is held by the Tate Gallery, London. From International Art: Past and Present by Alfred Yockney

Background imagePlume Collection: Jupiter and Io, New Horizons image

Jupiter and Io, New Horizons image
Jupiter and Io. Montage of images of Jupiter (left) and its moon Io (right), obtained by the New Horizons spacecraft in February and March 2007 as it passed Jupiter on its way to Pluto

Background imagePlume Collection: Calyptorhynchus funereus, yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus, yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Watercolour 137 by Thomas Watling from the Watling Collection titled Banksian Cockatoo, native name Kar ratt

Background imagePlume Collection: Bronze head with beaded crown and plume. 12th-14th

Bronze head with beaded crown and plume. 12th-14th c. King of Oni, king of Ife. Yoruba art. Sculpture on bronze. UNITED KINGDOM. London. The British Museum. Proc: NIGERIA. Ife

Background imagePlume Collection: Nymphicus hollandicus, cockatiel

Nymphicus hollandicus, cockatiel
Plate 27 from Edward Lears Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae or Parrots (1832). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imagePlume Collection: Pelecanus erythrorynchos, American white pelican

Pelecanus erythrorynchos, American white pelican
Plate 311 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1835-38), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imagePlume Collection: Field Officer of the 12th Royal Lancers

Field Officer of the 12th Royal Lancers
Field Officer (any officer from the rank of Lieutenant Colonel upwards) from the 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales). Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imagePlume Collection: The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1803

The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1803
NCO190175 The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1803 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imagePlume Collection: KNIGHTS IN TOURNAMENT. Knights on horseback in a ring at a medieval tournament

KNIGHTS IN TOURNAMENT. Knights on horseback in a ring at a medieval tournament, one of whom (left) is being presented with a trophy. French manuscript illumination, 15th century

Background imagePlume Collection: Callipepla californica, Californian quail

Callipepla californica, Californian quail
Plate 413 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1835-38), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imagePlume Collection: Lieutenant of the Royal Horse Artillery

Lieutenant of the Royal Horse Artillery in Full Dress. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imagePlume Collection: Soldier from the First City Troop, Philadelphia, in uniform

Soldier from the First City Troop, Philadelphia, in uniform and helmet with a plume, standing on a bluff over looking a river, perhaps the Schuylkill or the Delaware. Date 1839

Background imagePlume Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Guerrier du Senegal, c1797. Creators

Costumes de Différents Pays, Guerrier du Senegal, c1797. Creators: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur, LF Labrousse
Costumes de Differents Pays, Guerrier du Senegal, c1797

Background imagePlume Collection: Indian peafowl, artwork C016 / 5610

Indian peafowl, artwork C016 / 5610
Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus). Painting by Pieter Cornelius de Bevere, from the Loten Collection of coloured drawings of Birds, Mammals, Insects and Plants (1754-1757)

Background imagePlume Collection: Ardea herodias, great blue heron

Ardea herodias, great blue heron
Plate 211 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1834-35), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imagePlume Collection: Atomic bomb explosion

Atomic bomb explosion

Background imagePlume Collection: AMERICAN CIRCUS, c1874. The Grand Layout. Circus parade around tents with a crowd watching

AMERICAN CIRCUS, c1874. The Grand Layout. Circus parade around tents with a crowd watching alongside a railroad train. American lithograph, c1874

Background imagePlume Collection: Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, 1920. Artist: Philip A de Laszlo

Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, 1920. Artist: Philip A de Laszlo
Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, 1920. Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (1845-1927)

Background imagePlume Collection: Portrait of a young woman dressed as an Indian dancer, postcard

Portrait of a young woman dressed as an Indian dancer, postcard Italy. Date of Photograph:1910-1920

Background imagePlume Collection: Court gowns by Reville

Court gowns by Reville
Court gowns approved by King George V and Queen Mary for presentation at court in the year 1926. Designed by Reville of Hanover Square. Date: 1926

Background imagePlume Collection: Cacatua moluccensis, salmon-crested cockatoo

Cacatua moluccensis, salmon-crested cockatoo
Plate 2 from Edward Lears Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae or Parrots (1832). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imagePlume Collection: MIDDLE AGES: KNIGHTHOOD. A knight arrayed for a tournament. Line engraving, 19th century

MIDDLE AGES: KNIGHTHOOD. A knight arrayed for a tournament. Line engraving, 19th century

Background imagePlume Collection: MARIE ANTOINETTE (1755-1793). Queen of France, 1774-1792. Copper engraving, 1814

MARIE ANTOINETTE (1755-1793). Queen of France, 1774-1792. Copper engraving, 1814, after a painting, 1785, by Joseph Boze

Background imagePlume Collection: Bacup Coconut Dancers

Bacup Coconut Dancers
NUTTERS DANCE:(Lancashire) Britannia Bacup Coconut dancers, York Summer Festival. In order that their spell may be more effective they black their faces in disguise

Background imagePlume Collection: Frock, Fur & Feather Fan

Frock, Fur & Feather Fan
Narrow tubular shaped dress in an ornate fabric by Worth with a plunging back, beaded straps, fur trimmed hem & a long train attached at the lower back. She holds a large feather fan

Background imagePlume Collection: Race Going Couple

Race Going Couple
A bright orange tunic dress with a narrow hobble skirt, sleeves with volans, a V neck bodice & pannier or polonaise over-skirt & a soft brimless hat with a plume

Background imagePlume Collection: Two Ladies Walking 1853

Two Ladies Walking 1853
Brown dress: Greek key design border, blue waistcoat, tie & black hat with plumes; black dress: skirt en tablier, caraco body, scallop shaped cuffs & basques & a paisley shawl. Date: 1853

Background imagePlume Collection: Henry VIII, King of England (1491-1547) 1525, from Ancient Armour

Henry VIII, King of England (1491-1547) 1525, from Ancient Armour
STC136925 Henry VIII, King of England (1491-1547) 1525, from Ancient Armour by Samuel Rush Meyrick, 1824 (colour litho) by English School

Background imagePlume Collection: The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, pub. 1803 (hand coloured engraving)

The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, pub. 1803 (hand coloured engraving)
3025917 The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, pub. 1803 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePlume Collection: The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver (Plate 2d) published by Hannah Humphrey in 1804

The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver (Plate 2d) published by Hannah Humphrey in 1804
NCO190174 The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver (Plate 2d) published by Hannah Humphrey in 1804 (etching with engraving & w/c on paper) by Gillray

Background imagePlume Collection: View of the island of Stromboli taken by Monsieur Fabris, 1776

View of the island of Stromboli taken by Monsieur Fabris, 1776
View of the island of Stromboli taken by Monsieur Fabris, Plate XXXVII, from Campi Phlegraei: Observations on the Volcanoes of the Two Sicilies, by Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803)

Background imagePlume Collection: View of Mount Etna from Catania, 1776

View of Mount Etna from Catania, 1776
View of Mount Etna from Catania, Plate XXXVI, from Campi Phlegraei: Observations on the Volcanoes of the Two Sicilies, by Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), published 1776 (hand coloured engraving)

Background imagePlume Collection: Stromboli Volcano erupting - Italy

Stromboli Volcano erupting - Italy. Date: circa 1910s

Background imagePlume Collection: Illustration of male and female Gambels Quail (Callipepla gambellii) pecking on desert floor

Illustration of male and female Gambels Quail (Callipepla gambellii) pecking on desert floor, showing black plumes on top of heads

Background imagePlume Collection: Berets by Rose Valois

Berets by Rose Valois
Two hats by Rose Valois described as berets. Both are close-fitting and brimless

Background imagePlume Collection: Cooling towers, thermogram

Cooling towers, thermogram
Cooling towers. Thermogram of water vapour rising out of cooling towers at a power station. Thermography records surface temperatures by detecting the long-wavelength radiation emitted by an object

Background imagePlume Collection: Lava meeting the ocean

Lava meeting the ocean. Lava from the Kilauea volcano exploding and producing a plume of steam, smoke and gases where it meets the Pacific Ocean

Background imagePlume Collection: Steam plume from rising dome within crater, Mount St. Helens, Washington state

Steam plume from rising dome within crater, Mount St. Helens, Washington state, United States of America, North America

Background imagePlume Collection: Portrait of Robert de la Marck, 4th Duke of Bouillon, 1550. Creator: Corneille de Lyon

Portrait of Robert de la Marck, 4th Duke of Bouillon, 1550. Creator: Corneille de Lyon
Portrait of Robert de la Marck, 4th Duke of Bouillon, 1550

Background imagePlume Collection: Mrs. A. Crocker Gourand [i.e. Gouraud], 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

Mrs. A. Crocker Gourand [i.e. Gouraud], 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Mrs. A. Crocker Gourand [i.e. Gouraud], 1911. American heiress Aimee Crocker (1863-1941) whose third husband was musical author Jackson Gouraud

Background imagePlume Collection: Miss Irene Sherman, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service

Miss Irene Sherman, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
Miss Irene Sherman, 1910

Background imagePlume Collection: Ida Conquest, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service

Ida Conquest, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
Ida Conquest, 1910

Background imagePlume Collection: Portrait Of A Gentleman, c1530. Creator: Jan Gossaert

Portrait Of A Gentleman, c1530. Creator: Jan Gossaert
Portrait Of A Gentleman, c1530. Despite his distinctive facial features, this sitter's identity is unknown. His extravagant costume, fine gloves

Background imagePlume Collection: Self-portrait with Saskia, 1636. Creator: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

Self-portrait with Saskia, 1636. Creator: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
Self-portrait with Saskia, 1636. The artist and his wife are shown wearing historical clothing. Rembrandt wears a fanciful 16th-century style plumed beret tilted at a jaunty angle

Background imagePlume Collection: Trumpeter Of The Hussars, c1815-20. Creator: Theodore Gericault

Trumpeter Of The Hussars, c1815-20. Creator: Theodore Gericault
Trumpeter Of The Hussars, c1815-20. This figure's uniform identifies him as a member of the hussars--notoriously fearless cavalry--in the French army

Background imagePlume Collection: Officers of the 1st Surrey Volunteer Rifle Corps. 1864. Creator: W Thomas

Officers of the 1st Surrey Volunteer Rifle Corps. 1864. Creator: W Thomas
Officers of the 1st Surrey Volunteer Rifle Corps. 1864. Portrait of British soldiers...in full uniform. This is one of the oldest of the metropolitan [ie London] corps

Background imagePlume Collection: Jesus Christ crowned with thorns. Fresco by Romanino located along the right nave of the Cathedral

Jesus Christ crowned with thorns. Fresco by Romanino located along the right nave of the Cathedral of Cremona
3559310 Jesus Christ crowned with thorns. Fresco by Romanino located along the right nave of the Cathedral of Cremona.; (add.info.: Artist: Romanino, Girolamo Romani)

Background imagePlume Collection: gut9860

gut9860
PCT5618317 gut9860; (add.info.: Portrait de Jean Baptiste Poquelin, dit Moliere (1622-1673) plume a la main, en train d'ecrire une de ses pieces de theatre - Gravure extraite de l'Histoire de



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"Plume: A Symbol of Elegance and Prestige Across Time" From the regal King Charles Spaniels, with their luscious plumed tails, to the captivating artwork of Edwin Henry Landseer capturing their beauty in 1845, plumes have long been associated with grace and charm. Intriguingly, even ancient mythology embraced the allure of plumes. Take for instance Jupiter and Io, as seen in a mesmerizing New Horizons image. The majestic bird-like feathers adorning Jupiter's head symbolize power and divinity, while Io gazes upon him in awe. Traveling back further in time to 1803, we encounter "The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver, " depicted by Hannah Humphrey. Here we witness a fascinating juxtaposition between size and status; the towering king adorned with an elaborate plumed crown commands attention alongside Gulliver. Nature too showcases its own feathered wonders. The yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) flaunts its vibrant plumage against Australia's vast landscapes. Equally enchanting is the cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), charming us with its playful crest that resembles a delicate plume. Delving into history reveals how cultures across centuries cherished plumes as symbols of prestige. A bronze head from the 12th-14th century boasts intricate beaded crowns accompanied by resplendent plumage - an emblematic fusion of artistry and grandeur. Even knights engaged in medieval tournaments recognized the significance of plumes. French manuscript illuminations from the 15th century depict knights on horseback competing within a ring; one knight proudly receives a trophy while his helmet dons an extravagant plume signifying victory. Venturing beyond Europe's borders brings us face-to-face with diverse avian marvels like Californian quails (Callipepla californica).