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Welcoming Collection

"Embracing the Return: A Warm Welcome from All Corners of the World" As HMS Invincible Returns from the Falklands in 1982, a nation's heart swells with pride and relief

Background imageWelcoming Collection: The Return of the Prodigal Son, c1668. Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

The Return of the Prodigal Son, c1668. Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
The Return of the Prodigal Son, c1668

Background imageWelcoming Collection: HMS Invincible Returns from the Falklands in 1982

HMS Invincible Returns from the Falklands in 1982
HMS Invincible returns to massive celebrations following the Falklands Conflict in 1982. Lined up on deck are Sea King helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York City, New York, United States of America, North America

Background imageWelcoming Collection: The American Great White Fleet arrives in Australia

The American Great White Fleet arrives in Australia - Uncle Sam meeting a Kangaroo. On 20 August 1908 well over half a million Sydneysiders turned out to watch the arrival of the Fleet

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Two Northern Gannets -Morus bassanus- touching beaks to greet each other, Heligoland

Two Northern Gannets -Morus bassanus- touching beaks to greet each other, Heligoland, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Advertisement for Cadburys Golden Key

Advertisement for Cadburys Golden Key -- male and female models (Barry Trengove and Geraldine Hill) posing. 1959

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Reno Main Street scene, Reno, Nevada, United States of America, North America

Reno Main Street scene, Reno, Nevada, United States of America, North America

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the city

Statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the city, Cuzco, Peru, South America

Background imageWelcoming Collection: The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (chromolitho)

The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (chromolitho)
972104 The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem)

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Welcome signs

Welcome signs, Laem Tong beach, Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium

Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium
Cover illustration for Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium, Cooks World Travel Service. A young woman in a short green dress stands on the beach waving a handkerchief

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Great Expectations: The Dickens Christmas Spirit by Matania

Great Expectations: The Dickens Christmas Spirit by Matania
A Dickensian Christmas as imagined by the Italian-born artist, Fortunino Matania, who in his later career concentrated on historical genre subjects

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday

Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Jesus entering Jerusalem on the back of a donkey on Palm Sunday

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Hands Outstretched

Hands Outstretched

Background imageWelcoming Collection: The Admirals Hard, Stonehouse, Plymouth, 1865 (oil on canvas)

The Admirals Hard, Stonehouse, Plymouth, 1865 (oil on canvas)
CH401349 The Admirals Hard, Stonehouse, Plymouth, 1865 (oil on canvas) by Beechey, Richard Bridges (1808-95); 78.7x111.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Return from China, Arrival of repatriate, Toulon, 1901

Return from China, Arrival of repatriate, Toulon, 1901. Illustration published in, Le Petit Journal, 23rd June 1901

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Poster, Don t be afraid of Soap and Water

Poster, Don t be afraid of Soap and Water. Showing a little boy welcoming a humanised jug and a bar of soap. Issued by the Health and Cleanliness Council. 20th century

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Grandfather welcomes his Granddaughter

Grandfather welcomes his Granddaughter
A Grandfather, fishing in the shade of a tree by a quiet pool, welcomes his Granddaughter with open arms. Watercolour painting by Raymond Sheppard

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Soldiers in Lille 1918

Soldiers in Lille 1918
British soldiers greeted by children in Lille on the Western Front in France during World War I in 1918

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Crowds welcome the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in front of Notre Dame

Crowds welcome the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in front of Notre Dame, Paris, France, Europe

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Lenins arrival in St Petersburg, Russia, 1917 (litho)

Lenins arrival in St Petersburg, Russia, 1917 (litho)
5231613 Lenins arrival in St Petersburg, Russia, 1917 (litho) by Moravov, Alexander Viktorovich (1878-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Lenins arrival in St Petersburg, Russia, 1917)

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Arrival of Major Marchand at Toulon (colour litho)

Arrival of Major Marchand at Toulon (colour litho)
2819051 Arrival of Major Marchand at Toulon (colour litho) by Meyer, Henri (1841-99) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Arrival of Major Marchand at Toulon)

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Return of the Prodigal Son, 1636 (etching)

Return of the Prodigal Son, 1636 (etching)
XJF416570 Return of the Prodigal Son, 1636 (etching) by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-69); Private Collection; Dutch, out of copyright

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Lorenzo de Medici and Apollo welcome the muses and virtues to Florence (fresco)

Lorenzo de Medici and Apollo welcome the muses and virtues to Florence (fresco)
XOT362318 Lorenzo de Medici and Apollo welcome the muses and virtues to Florence (fresco) by Cecco Bravo (Francesco Montelatici) (1607-1661); Palazzo Pitti, Florence

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Men of the Stone Age worshipping the sun

Men of the Stone Age worshipping the sun
Men of the Stone Age (Palaeolithic Era) worshipping the sun as it rises

Background imageWelcoming Collection: The Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple, 1605. Creator: Lodovico Carracci

The Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple, 1605. Creator: Lodovico Carracci
The Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple, 1605

Background imageWelcoming Collection: The Apotheosis of Hercules, 1765. Creator: Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

The Apotheosis of Hercules, 1765. Creator: Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
The Apotheosis of Hercules, 1765. The Apotheosis of Hercules, along with other similar scenes of figures elevated into the heavens, was a commonly depicted subject in Baroque art

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Gen. Virbeck [i.e. Verbeck; Chandler Hale; Adm. Togo; [and] Gen. Grant, 1911

Gen. Virbeck [i.e. Verbeck; Chandler Hale; Adm. Togo; [and] Gen. Grant, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Gen. Virbeck [i.e. Verbeck; Chandler Hale; Adm. Togo; [and] Gen. Grant, 1911. Shows men on the Lusitania welcoming Japanese admiral Togo Heihachiro to New York City

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Gen. F.D. Grant; Sec'y Stimson, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

Gen. F.D. Grant; Sec'y Stimson, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Gen. F.D. Grant; Sec'y Stimson, 1911. Shows General Frederick Dent Grant, commanding officer on Governors Island, greeting Secretary of War Henry I

Background imageWelcoming Collection: J.D. Rockefeller and wife, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

J.D. Rockefeller and wife, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
J.D. Rockefeller and wife, 1911

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Greeting Cardinal Vannutelli, New York, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service

Greeting Cardinal Vannutelli, New York, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
Greeting Cardinal Vannutelli, New York, 1910

Background imageWelcoming Collection: German officers in N.Y. between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

German officers in N.Y. between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
German officers in N.Y. between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWelcoming Collection: German officers in N.Y. between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

German officers in N.Y. between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
German officers in N.Y. between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Gaynor, Sullivan, McDonald & Rose, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Gaynor, Sullivan, McDonald & Rose, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Gaynor, Sullivan, McDonald & Rose, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Gaynor addressing Olympic Athletes, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Gaynor addressing Olympic Athletes, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Gaynor addressing Olympic Athletes, 1912. Showing Mayor William J. Gaynor and others at a parade greeting the U.S. athletes who competed in the 5th Olympic Games, held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1912

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Mayor reviews Olympic Athletes, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Mayor reviews Olympic Athletes, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Mayor reviews Olympic Athletes, 1912. Showing Mayor William J. Gaynor and others at a parade greeting the U.S. athletes who competed in the 5th Olympic Games, held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1912

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Welcome to Lafayette House, between 1918 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

Welcome to Lafayette House, between 1918 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
Welcome to Lafayette House, between 1918 and c1920. Lafayette House, a convalescent home for veteran soldiers and sailors at 112 West 59th Street (Central Park South), New York City

Background imageWelcoming Collection: The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: the British Admiral's flagship...salute... 1865

The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: the British Admiral's flagship...salute... 1865. Creator: Unknown
The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: the British Admiral's flagship returning the salute of the French fleet, 1865

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Garibaldi in England: presentation of the freedom of the City of London...at Guildhall, 1864

Garibaldi in England: presentation of the freedom of the City of London...at Guildhall, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Garibaldi in England: presentation of the freedom of the City of London...at Guildhall, 1864. View of...the interior of the Council Chamber at Guildhall

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi receiving addresses at the Crystal Palace, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi receiving addresses at the Crystal Palace, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi receiving addresses at the Crystal Palace, 1864....we see the dais erected in front of the great orchestra, in the north transept

Background imageWelcoming 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 imageWelcoming 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 House

Background imageWelcoming Collection: The Royal Visit to Cambridge: presentation of the university address to the Prince And... 1864

The Royal Visit to Cambridge: presentation of the university address to the Prince And... 1864. Creator: Unknown
The Royal Visit to Cambridge: presentation of the university address to the Prince and Princess [of Wales] in the quadrangle of Trinity College

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi receiving an address at the Nine Elms railway station, 1864

Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi receiving an address at the Nine Elms railway station, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi receiving an address at the Nine Elms railway station, 1864. View of...the interior of the large goods shed at the Nine Elms station of the London

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Garibaldi in England: the meeting of Garibaldi and Tennyson at Faringford House, Isle of Wight

Garibaldi in England: the meeting of Garibaldi and Tennyson at Faringford House, Isle of Wight, 1864. Italian hero General Garibaldi at Tennyson's house in Freshwater

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi in the balcony of the townhall of Newport, Isle of Wight, 1864

Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi in the balcony of the townhall of Newport, Isle of Wight, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Garibaldi in England: Garibaldi in the balcony of the townhall of Newport, Isle of Wight, 1864. View of...the scene in front of the Townhall at Newport

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Garibaldi in England: arrival of Garibaldi at the townhall, Bargate, Southampton, 1864

Garibaldi in England: arrival of Garibaldi at the townhall, Bargate, Southampton, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Garibaldi in England: arrival of Garibaldi at the townhall, Bargate, Southampton, 1864. View of...the picturesque old Bargate, in Southampton, at eleven o'clock on the Monday

Background imageWelcoming Collection: Garibaldi in England: presentation of address of Southampton Town Council...in the Townhall, 1864

Garibaldi in England: presentation of address of Southampton Town Council...in the Townhall, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Garibaldi in England: presentation of address of Southampton Town Council to Garibaldi, in the Townhall, 1864. A...view of the interior of the Townhall, an apartment over the Bargate



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"Embracing the Return: A Warm Welcome from All Corners of the World" As HMS Invincible Returns from the Falklands in 1982, a nation's heart swells with pride and relief. The sight of this mighty vessel docking brings forth a collective sigh of welcome, as heroes return to their loved ones. In Rembrandt's masterpiece, "The Return of the Prodigal Son, " we witness an emotional reunion that transcends time. The father's outstretched arms symbolize unconditional love and forgiveness, reminding us all of the power back those who have strayed. Standing tall and proud, Lady Liberty extends her torch as a beacon of hope to all who arrive on America's shores. Her message is clear: "Welcome to this land where dreams come true. " Nature itself teaches us about welcoming gestures through two Northern Gannets touching beaks in greeting. Their graceful display on Heligoland island reminds us that warmth can be found even amidst rugged landscapes. Cadbury's Golden Key advertisement invites you into a world filled with chocolatey delights - a sweet invitation that promises joyous moments shared among friends and family. High above overlooking the cityscape stands a statue of Jesus Christ, his open arms embodying acceptance and compassion for all who seek solace or redemption. Reno Main Street scene captures the vibrant energy of Nevada, where locals and visitors alike are greeted by bustling streets lined with shops and casinos. Here, everyone is welcomed to try their luck at fortune or simply enjoy life's pleasures. Summer Holidays in Holland and Belgium beckon travelers with picturesque landscapes dotted with windmills and tulip fields. These destinations offer warm hospitality rooted in centuries-old traditions. Welcome signs dotting highways guide weary travelers towards new adventures while assuring them they have arrived at their desired destination – whether it be home or an exciting new place waiting to be explored. "The Admirals Hard" painting transports us to 1865 Plymouth, where sailors and locals gather at the waterfront.