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Spectacles Collection

"Spectacles: A Glimpse into the World of Art, Music

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope
ANTHONY TROLLOPE English novelist in old age Date: 1815 - 1882

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Barrister in Full Swing

Barrister in Full Swing
An advocate in full swing in the courtroom. He gets so carried away that his spectacles fall off

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Pat Martino, 2009. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Pat Martino, 2009. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Pat Martino, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 2009

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Austria, Vienna, Photographic portrait of Gustav Mahler

Austria, Vienna, Photographic portrait of Gustav Mahler
Austria - 20th century. Gustav Mahler (Kalischt, 1860 - Vienna, 1911), Austrian composer and conductor of Bohemian origin. Photographic portrait

Background imageSpectacles Collection: A Sporting Lawyer, form Vanity Fair, 17th March 1898 (colour litho)

A Sporting Lawyer, form Vanity Fair, 17th March 1898 (colour litho)
XCF276416 A Sporting Lawyer, form Vanity Fair, 17th March 1898 (colour litho) by Ward, Leslie Matthew (Spy) (1851-1922); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageSpectacles Collection: NADIA-JULIETTE BOULANGER, French music teacher

NADIA-JULIETTE BOULANGER, French music teacher
NADIA-JULIETTE BOULANGER (1887-1979), French music teacher and conductor. Her students included Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, Lennox Berkeley, Virgil Thomson and Leonard Bernstein. Date: early 1960s

Background imageSpectacles 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 imageSpectacles Collection: Tennyson / Ape / Vanity Fair

Tennyson / Ape / Vanity Fair
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON English poet Cartoon

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Anthony Trollope / Century

Anthony Trollope / Century
ANTHONY TROLLOPE English novelist

Background imageSpectacles Collection: A Radical Lawyer, 1902. Artist: Spy

A Radical Lawyer, 1902. Artist: Spy
A Radical Lawyer, 1902. John Lawson Walton KC MP, British barrister and politician. Walton served as Attorney General from 1905-1908. Cartoon from Vanity Fair, 6th March 1902

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Sunset at Almyros Beach, near Acharavi, north coast, Corfu Island, Ionian Islands, Greece

Sunset at Almyros Beach, near Acharavi, north coast, Corfu Island, Ionian Islands, Greece, Southern Europe, Europe

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Blackpool Entertainment

Blackpool Entertainment
The front cover of a souvenir programme for the Blackpool Tower & Winter Gardens, including the Tower circus and ballroom

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Sacha Guitry / Jeidels

Sacha Guitry / Jeidels
SACHA GUITRY French actor and playwright, lighting a cigarette

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Statue of Imre Nagy, hero of the 1956 Revolution, Budapest Hungary, Europe

Statue of Imre Nagy, hero of the 1956 Revolution, Budapest Hungary, Europe

Background imageSpectacles Collection: STALIN, LENIN & KALININ, 1919. Communist leaders Joseph Stalin

STALIN, LENIN & KALININ, 1919. Communist leaders Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Mikhail Ivanovich Kalininy
STALIN, LENIN & TROTSKY. Communist leaders Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, photographed at the 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party, 18-23 March 1919

Background imageSpectacles Collection: A Picture WITH Words by Chloe Preston

A Picture WITH Words by Chloe Preston
A studious looking little girl with spectacles balanced on her nose, sits among dictionaries as she works on countless crosswords

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Victorian Shoemaker

Victorian Shoemaker
A Victorian shoemaker in his workshop

Background imageSpectacles Collection: A Cognocenti Contemplating Ye Beauties of Ye Antique, published by Hannah Humphrey

A Cognocenti Contemplating Ye Beauties of Ye Antique, published by Hannah Humphrey
XCF306001 A Cognocenti Contemplating Ye Beauties of Ye Antique, published by Hannah Humphrey, 1801 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Jackie McLean, Jazz Cafe, London, April 1991. Artist: Brian O Connor

Jackie McLean, Jazz Cafe, London, April 1991. Artist: Brian O Connor
Jackie McLean, Jazz Cafe, London, April 1991

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Dyslexia treatment

Dyslexia treatment
MODEL RELEASED. Dyslexia treatment. Dyslexic girl wearing yellow glasses while reading. These filters improve the function of the brain cells concerned with visual perception

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Italo Calvino / Morgan

Italo Calvino / Morgan
ITALO CALVINO Italian writer

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Ernst Werner Von Siemens

Ernst Werner Von Siemens
ERNST WERNER VON SIEMENS German engineer

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Lombroso / Cesare / Postcard

Lombroso / Cesare / Postcard
CESARE LOMBROSO Italian physician and criminologist

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Yeats / Graphic 1923

Yeats / Graphic 1923
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS Irish poet and senator, shown here attending the first meeting of the new Dail Eireann in Dublin

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Mahatma Gandhi sailing from Boulogne to Folkestone

Mahatma Gandhi sailing from Boulogne to Folkestone
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian nationalist and spiritual leader, sailing from Boulogne to Folkestone on 12 September 1931

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Sir Frederick Bridge

Sir Frederick Bridge
Sir John Frederick Bridge Musician

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Anthony Trollope / Photo

Anthony Trollope / Photo
ANTHONY TROLLOPE English novelist

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Portrait of Gustav Mahler, 1907 (b / w photo)

Portrait of Gustav Mahler, 1907 (b / w photo)
XJF275615 Portrait of Gustav Mahler, 1907 (b/w photo) by Austrian Photographer (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Lytton Strachey, (1880-1932) 1916 (oil on canvas)

Lytton Strachey, (1880-1932) 1916 (oil on canvas)
BAL10491 Lytton Strachey, (1880-1932) 1916 (oil on canvas) by Carrington, Dora (1893-1932); 68.6x73.6 cm; Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Elderly woman making lace in an open doorway

Elderly woman making lace in an open doorway
An elderly woman making lace in the open doorway of her home, with a large number of bobbins on display. Date: 20th century

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Tommy Dorsey / Postcard

Tommy Dorsey / Postcard
TOMMY DORSEY Jazz musician

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Old Maid card - Old Maid

Old Maid card - Old Maid. circa 1940s

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Mr Pastry, aka Richard Hearne, with lion

Mr Pastry, aka Richard Hearne, with lion
Mr Pastry, aka the comic actor Richard Hearne (1908-1979), with a lion. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageSpectacles Collection: The poet and novelist Katharine Tynan (1861 - 1931), pictured at home with her husband

The poet and novelist Katharine Tynan (1861 - 1931), pictured at home with her husband, the writer and barrister, Henry Hinkson, her three children and dog

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Advertisement for Vermont Manufacturing Co. Butterine, c. 1880 (colour litho)

Advertisement for Vermont Manufacturing Co. Butterine, c. 1880 (colour litho)
HGL396864 Advertisement for Vermont Manufacturing Co. Butterine, c.1880 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Hagley Museum & Library, Wilmington, Delaware

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Picture No. 12020840

Picture No. 12020840
Meerkat at swimming pool with unicorn inflatable and cool glasses. Digital manipulation Date:

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz musician, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1978. Artist: Brian O Connor

Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz musician, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1978. Artist: Brian O Connor
Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz musician, Ronnie Scott s, London, 1978. He is known for his guitar and harmonica playing, as well as his whistling skills

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Producer

Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Producer. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Portrait of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) engraved by H. Roemer (engraving) (b / w photo)

Portrait of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) engraved by H. Roemer (engraving) (b / w photo)
XIR194126 Portrait of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) engraved by H. Roemer (engraving) (b/w photo) by Jaeger, Carl (1833-87) (after); Private Collection; German, out of copyright

Background imageSpectacles Collection: James Clark, Kilmarnock, Scotland. Around 1920

James Clark, Kilmarnock, Scotland. Around 1920
Portrait photograph of Dr James Clark (1861-1935), Principal of Central Technical Schools for Cornwall from 1899 to 1908. The photograph was taken while he was Rector at Kilmarnock Academy, Ayrshire

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Miles Davis and his Fusion Group, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, 1991. Creator: Brian Foskett

Miles Davis and his Fusion Group, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, 1991. Creator: Brian Foskett
Miles Davis and his Fusion Group, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, 1991

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Four cats drinking tea on a Christmas card

Four cats drinking tea on a Christmas card
Four cats drinking tea and chatting on a Christmas card. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Picture No. 10901724

Picture No. 10901724
DOG - Pug wearing Happy Birthday glasses with streamers & balloons Date:

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Reginald Malby, photographer

Reginald Malby, photographer
Reginald Malby (1882-1924), official photographer to the Royal Horticultural Society. Seen here in a head and shoulders portrait with a pipe in his mouth

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Josef Scheffel / Postcard

Josef Scheffel / Postcard
JOSEF VICTOR VON SCHEFFEL German poet and novelist

Background imageSpectacles Collection: The Parable of the Rich Fool, 1627. Creator: Rembrandt van Rhijn (1606-1669)

The Parable of the Rich Fool, 1627. Creator: Rembrandt van Rhijn (1606-1669)
The Parable of the Rich Fool, 1627. Found in the Collection of Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Background imageSpectacles Collection: Picture No. 12020812

Picture No. 12020812
Dog, English Bulldog - adult and puppies wearing Christmas hats and sunglasses. Digital manipulation Date:



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"Spectacles: A Glimpse into the World of Art, Music, and Literature" Step into a world where spectacles transcend their mere function as eyewear and become portals to creativity, intellect, and beauty. From the vibrant strokes of Pat Martino's guitar in 2009 to Alan John Ainsworth's mesmerizing artwork capturing this musical genius, these spectacles offer a glimpse into the soul-stirring power of art. In Margaret Olley and William Dobell's masterpiece "Painting People" from 1965, we witness how these spectacles allow us to see beyond the surface and delve deep into human emotions. The barrister in full swing reminds us that even within the confines of law they can provide clarity and insight. Nadia-Juliette Boulanger, the French music teacher whose talent shaped countless musicians' lives, dons her own pair as she imparts knowledge with passion. These lenses symbolize not only her expertise but also her unwavering dedication to nurturing artistic brilliance. Tennyson gazes through his iconic round frames captured by Vanity Fair's Ape—a reminder that even literary giants seek inspiration through their spectacled lens. Gustav Mahler's photographic portrait showcases Vienna's cultural heritage while highlighting how these simple accessories bridge gaps between time periods. A sporting lawyer featured in Vanity Fair brings a touch of humor to our exploration—his colorful spectacle frames mirroring his vibrant personality. As sunset paints Almyros Beach on Corfu Island with breathtaking hues, we realize that nature itself wears its own majestic pair for all who care to observe. Blackpool Entertainment comes alive under neon lights reflected in mirrored sunglasses—an emblematic representation of joyous moments shared amongst friends or strangers alike. Anthony Trollope peers through his glasses as he pens tales that have stood the test of time—a testament to how these small objects can shape literary legacies.