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Eating Collection

"Eating: A Journey Through Art, Literature, and History" Step into the world of gastronomy as we explore the diverse realms of eating

Background imageEating Collection: In a Roman Osteria, 1866 (oil on canvas)

In a Roman Osteria, 1866 (oil on canvas)
XOS1273911 In a Roman Osteria, 1866 (oil on canvas) by Bloch, Carl (1834-90); 148.5x177.5 cm; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark; Danish, out of copyright

Background imageEating Collection: A Pair of nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea

A Pair of nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea
A pair of nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea

Background imageEating Collection: Nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea

Nudibranch feeding on algae, Papua New Guinea

Background imageEating Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
King Arthur welcomes the Green Knight into the Banqueting Hall and invites him to dismount and eat with the company. Everyone is amazed to see the unexpected visitor

Background imageEating Collection: Pea Apparatus by William Heath Robinson

Pea Apparatus by William Heath Robinson
An interesting and elegant apparatus designed to overcome once for all the difficulties of conveying green peas to the mouth

Background imageEating Collection: Louis Wain - A Christmas catastrophe

Louis Wain - A Christmas catastrophe : please, sir, the rat entree has escaped and eaten the turkey, cats eating and drinking Date: circa 1906

Background imageEating Collection: The Peasants Wedding

The Peasants Wedding, 1568. Bruegel, Pieter, The Elder (1525-1569). Oil on oakwood, 114 x 164 cm

Background imageEating Collection: Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian

Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, engraved by J Mulder, from a visit to Suriname, South America

Background imageEating Collection: Sharing Rations - The Troopers Christmas-Box

Sharing Rations - The Troopers Christmas-Box
A British trooper shares his Christmas rations with his horse on the Western Front during WWI. 1916

Background imageEating Collection: Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Noon

Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Noon
Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, 2. Noon. A group of Huguenots attend the French Church in Hog Lane, London (right), opposite an eating house and a group of disreputable people (left)

Background imageEating Collection: St. Catherines Point Lighthouse, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom, Europe

St. Catherines Point Lighthouse, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEating Collection: Wild ponies grazing, New Forest, Hampshire, England

Wild ponies grazing, New Forest, Hampshire, England

Background imageEating Collection: Ian Dury outside the East End stall of Tubby Isaacs eating bowl of Jellied eels

Ian Dury outside the East End stall of Tubby Isaacs eating bowl of Jellied eels

Background imageEating Collection: Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian

Butterfly illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, engraved by P Sluyter, from a visit to Suriname, South America

Background imageEating Collection: Okapi chewing leaves

Okapi chewing leaves
Okapi eating leaves from a tree branch drawn for Drawing at the Zoo published in 1949. The okapi is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa

Background imageEating Collection: Acme Moustache Guard

Acme Moustache Guard
The Acme Moustache Guard. Solid comfort while eating. No use for napkins - does not interfere with use of mouth. Made of gold or silver plate. Everyone should have one!

Background imageEating Collection: The Tea Table, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)

The Tea Table, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
Oil painting on canvas, Newlyn School, 1920. The painting shows a mealtime scene around the kitchen table. A traditional Cornish range is pictured in the background

Background imageEating Collection: A Feast. Detail from the Bayeux Tapestry, late 11th century, (1944). Creator: Unknown

A Feast. Detail from the Bayeux Tapestry, late 11th century, (1944). Creator: Unknown
A Feast. Detail from the Bayeux Tapestry, late 11th century, (1944). Scene from the embroidery depicting the Norman Invasion of England in 1066

Background imageEating Collection: Illustration of a Segnosaurus eating leaves, Cretaceous period

Illustration of a Segnosaurus eating leaves, Cretaceous period

Background imageEating Collection: Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain, Europe

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain, Europe

Background imageEating Collection: Black man eating a large watermelon (coloured photo)

Black man eating a large watermelon (coloured photo)
6000022 Black man eating a large watermelon (coloured photo) by European Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Black man eating a large watermelon)

Background imageEating Collection: Britains New Navy in Training - HMS Raleigh

Britains New Navy in Training - HMS Raleigh. circa 1930s

Background imageEating Collection: The Harvesters, 1565. Creator: Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Harvesters, 1565. Creator: Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The Harvesters, 1565

Background imageEating Collection: The Melton Breakfast by Sir Francis Grant

The Melton Breakfast by Sir Francis Grant
A rare mezzotint of High Leicestershire Lights of the past enjoying breakfast before a hunt. From left to right are Massey Stanley, the Earl of Wilton, Count Matuszevic, Lord Gardner

Background imageEating Collection: Fresh loquat (Eriobotrya) fruits and green leaves

Fresh loquat (Eriobotrya) fruits and green leaves

Background imageEating Collection: At the Fish & Chips shop At the Fish & Chips shop

At the Fish & Chips shop At the Fish & Chips shop
People You See. From Teddy Bear (2 October 1965)

Background imageEating Collection: The Toast by William Heath Robinson

The Toast by William Heath Robinson
A charming and detailed scene showing a large extended family, or possibly group of villagers drinking a toast around a large table groaning with delicious fruit pies, turkey, jelly, soup

Background imageEating Collection: Peppino Leoni - owner of Quo Vadis restaurant

Peppino Leoni - owner of Quo Vadis restaurant
Peppino Leoni, a native of Cannero, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, seen here in his restaurant, Quo Vadis on Dean Street, Soho, London

Background imageEating Collection: Hereford cow grazing on hillside, Chalk Farm, Willingdon, East Sussex, England

Hereford cow grazing on hillside, Chalk Farm, Willingdon, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEating Collection: European robin, Redbreast -Erithacus rubecula- in winter in snow, bird feeding

European robin, Redbreast -Erithacus rubecula- in winter in snow, bird feeding

Background imageEating Collection: Ichthyosaurr, Plesiosaurus, Pterodactylus

Ichthyosaurr, Plesiosaurus, Pterodactylus
Duria Antiquior - A more ancient Dorset by Sir Henry Thomas De la Beche. This collection of marine and avian reptiles could be found in Europe during the early Jurassic period about 200 million years

Background imageEating Collection: SARTRE & BEAUVOIR, 1964. French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre

SARTRE & BEAUVOIR, 1964. French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and writer Simone Beauvoir having lunch at a cafe in Paris, 1964

Background imageEating Collection: Darby and Joan (oil on canvas)

Darby and Joan (oil on canvas)
THA15411 Darby and Joan (oil on canvas) by Sadler, Walter Dendy (1854-1923); 84.5x120.7 cm; Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley, Lancashire; eTowneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum; English

Background imageEating Collection: John Bull taking Luncheon or British Cooks cramming Old Grumble Gizzard with Bonne Chere

John Bull taking Luncheon or British Cooks cramming Old Grumble Gizzard with Bonne Chere
2966820 John Bull taking Luncheon or British Cooks cramming Old Grumble Gizzard with Bonne Chere, pub 1798 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray

Background imageEating Collection: Chef with Snails

Chef with Snails
A French chef preparing snails for eating. Date: early 1930s

Background imageEating Collection: The Plum Pudding in Danger, 1805 (coloured engraving) (see also 152999)

The Plum Pudding in Danger, 1805 (coloured engraving) (see also 152999)
XIR158226 The Plum Pudding in Danger, 1805 (coloured engraving) (see also 152999) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris

Background imageEating Collection: London Kebab House

London Kebab House
Dining outside a Kebab House on Charlotte Street, central London. Date: late 1960s

Background imageEating Collection: Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) adult, close-up of head, feeding on leaves in eucalyptus tree

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) adult, close-up of head, feeding on leaves in eucalyptus tree, Australia

Background imageEating Collection: Christmas Day in the Workhouse

Christmas Day in the Workhouse
Illustration and opening verses of In the Workhouse: Christmas Day - better known as Christmas Day in the Workhouse, written by George R Sims in 1877

Background imageEating Collection: Black Waiter with Thanksgiving Turkey

Black Waiter with Thanksgiving Turkey
A jovial black waiter in America raises aloft the Thanksgiving Turkey on this Greetings card

Background imageEating Collection: Silverback mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), Group 13, Volcanoes National Park

Silverback mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), Group 13, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, Africa

Background imageEating Collection: St Marks Square, Venice, Italy

St Marks Square, Venice, Italy Italy Venice St. Marks Square

Background imageEating Collection: Evening in the Place de la Liberte, Sarlat-la-Caneda, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France, Europe

Evening in the Place de la Liberte, Sarlat-la-Caneda, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France, Europe

Background imageEating Collection: Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

Background imageEating Collection: Hoffmann / Augustus / Soup

Hoffmann / Augustus / Soup
THE STORY OF AUGUSTUS WHO WOULD NOT HAVE ANY SOUP "...& on the fifth day he was dead!"

Background imageEating Collection: Punch cartoon: A Warning - Wagners Ring Cycle (engraving)

Punch cartoon: A Warning - Wagners Ring Cycle (engraving)
6034909 Punch cartoon: A Warning - Wagners Ring Cycle (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Punch cartoon: A Warning - Wagners Ring Cycle)

Background imageEating Collection: Sport Fishing: Walleye Striking a Lure, 1950 (colour litho)

Sport Fishing: Walleye Striking a Lure, 1950 (colour litho)
3036074 Sport Fishing: Walleye Striking a Lure, 1950 (colour litho) by American School, (20th century); (add.info.: Vintage illustration of a walleye (Sander vitreus) striking a fishermans lure

Background imageEating Collection: Giraffe Manor in kenya

Giraffe Manor in kenya
Jie Fischer




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"Eating: A Journey Through Art, Literature, and History" Step into the world of gastronomy as we explore the diverse realms of eating. From medieval tales to whimsical illustrations, from historical feasts to intimate café lunches, join us on a culinary adventure like no other. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren, indulge in a feast fit for knights as they gather around tables laden with succulent delicacies. The Pea Apparatus by William Heath Robinson takes us on a comical journey through an elaborate contraption designed solely for enjoying peas – a testament to our love affair with food. Louis Wain's A Christmas Catastrophe captures the chaos that ensues when furry friends decide to join in on holiday festivities at mealtime. Meanwhile, Hogarth's Four Times of the Day transports us to bustling streets during noon where people hurriedly grab their midday meals amidst daily routines. Sharing Rations - The Troopers Christmas-Box reminds us of the importance of community and compassion during times of scarcity. In The Peasants Wedding, witness joyous celebrations filled with laughter and hearty banquets that bring people together in unity. Maria Sibylla Merian's Butterfly illustration entices us with vibrant colors and intricate details found in nature's own buffet. Sartre & Beauvoir take center stage as French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and writer Simone Beauvoir share thoughts over lunch at a Parisian café – proving that great ideas can be born from simple moments shared over good food. William Heath Robinson returns with his whimsy in The Toast, presenting an absurd yet ingenious contraption dedicated solely to perfecting toast-making rituals. St. Catherines Point Lighthouse stands tall against crashing waves while nearby fishermen savor freshly caught seafood – reminding us how location enhances our dining experiences. Ian Dury indulges in England's iconic jellied eels outside Tubby Isaacs' East End stall, showcasing the cultural significance of regional cuisine.