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From the Thirteen Original Colonies in 1776 to the vibrant cover of Ms

Background imageIllustration Collection: Thirteen original colonies in 1776

Thirteen original colonies in 1776
American colonies at the outbreak of the Revolution. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: MS. MAGAZINE, 1972. Cover of the first issue of Ms. magazine, spring 1972

MS. MAGAZINE, 1972. Cover of the first issue of Ms. magazine, spring 1972

Background imageIllustration Collection: LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. Please stand on the right of the escalator

LONDON: UNDERGROUND, 1944. Please stand on the right of the escalator. Poster by Fougasse promoting proper etiquette on the London Underground, 1944

Background imageIllustration Collection: Picture of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and consort of Lord Vishnu, sitting holding lotus flowers

Picture of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and consort of Lord Vishnu, sitting holding lotus flowers, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India, Asia

Background imageIllustration Collection: WILDE: SALOME. The Climax. Pen and ink drawing by Aubrey Beardsley for Oscar Wildes Salome

WILDE: SALOME. The Climax. Pen and ink drawing by Aubrey Beardsley for Oscar Wildes Salome

Background imageIllustration Collection: Roosevelt and the Rough Riders on San Juan Hill, 1898

Roosevelt and the Rough Riders on San Juan Hill, 1898
Colonel Roosevelt and Rough Riders where they charged over San Juan Hill, Spanish-American War. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a photograph

Background imageIllustration Collection: EXPL2A-00352

EXPL2A-00352
The Hereford Mappa Mundi of 1280 - Jerusalem is at the center, Europe lower left, Africa lower right. Printed color halftone reproduction 19th century

Background imageIllustration Collection: Picture of Hindu gods Laksman, Rama, Sita and Hanuman, India, Asia

Picture of Hindu gods Laksman, Rama, Sita and Hanuman, India, Asia

Background imageIllustration Collection: Settlers on the Ohio River

Settlers on the Ohio River
Flatboat of settlers descending the Ohio River, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Tower of the Winds in Athens, ancient Greece

Tower of the Winds in Athens, ancient Greece
Tower of the Winds topped by a weathervane of Triton, and with sundials on the outer walls, ancient Athens. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Picture of Hindu goddesses Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati, India, Asia

Picture of Hindu goddesses Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati, India, Asia

Background imageIllustration Collection: Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste playing tennis at Celesteville

Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste playing tennis at Celesteville. Illustration from one of Jean de Brunhoffs
BABAR THE ELEPHANT, 1930s. Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste playing tennis at Celesteville. Illustration from one of Jean de Brunhoffs Babar books, 1930s

Background imageIllustration Collection: POSTER, c1940. Yes, of course, ring up the capacity office about it. Poster by Fougasse

POSTER, c1940. Yes, of course, ring up the capacity office about it. Poster by Fougasse, c1940

Background imageIllustration Collection: Ballantine Ale Ad, 1955

Ballantine Ale Ad, 1955

Background imageIllustration Collection: Map of ancient Rome

Map of ancient Rome
City plan of ancient Rome. Lithograph

Background imageIllustration Collection: Hadrians Wall J940488

Hadrians Wall J940488
HADRIANs WALL: WALLTOWN CRAGS, Northumberland. Reconstruction drawing by Alan Sorrell. hadrian

Background imageIllustration Collection: Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms at the piano. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a charcoal drawing

Background imageIllustration Collection: Iceland map, 1800s

Iceland map, 1800s
Map of Iceland, 1870s. Printed color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustratioin

Background imageIllustration Collection: Sutton Hoo ship burial J910330

Sutton Hoo ship burial J910330
SUTTON HOO, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Reconstruction drawing of the Sutton Hoo ship burial in 620 or 630 - by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageIllustration Collection: William and Mary College, 1700s

William and Mary College, 1700s
Early view of William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1700s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Map of England in 1066

Map of England in 1066
England at the time of the Norman conquest, 1066-1081. Color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Bayeaux Tapestry portraying the Norman Conquest

Bayeaux Tapestry portraying the Norman Conquest
Norman invasion of England in 1066 A.D. Color lithograph reproduction of part of the Bayeux tapestry

Background imageIllustration Collection: Pilgrims ship Mayflower at sea, 1620

Pilgrims ship Mayflower at sea, 1620
The " Mayflower" bringing the first colonists to Massachusetts, 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Marco Polo leaving Venice, 1300s

Marco Polo leaving Venice, 1300s
Marco Polo leaving Venice on his journey to China, 1338. Color lithograph reproductioin of a manuscript: Bod. Misc. 264

Background imageIllustration Collection: Scotland map, 1870s

Scotland map, 1870s
Map of Scotland, 1870s. Printed color lithograph

Background imageIllustration Collection: Map of England, 1800s

Map of England, 1800s
Map of England and Wales, 1870s. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Map of Britain in 597 AD

Map of Britain in 597 AD
Map of territory controlled by Celts, Picts, Anglos, Saxons, and other tribes in Britain in 597 AD. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Scuba Diver with an Umbrella

Scuba Diver with an Umbrella
Picture dated 1949 of scuba diver with an umbrella. In 1943, Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau invents, with Emile Gagnan, the first commercially successful open circuit type of Scuba diving equipment

Background imageIllustration Collection: Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean

Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean
Map of the Aegean Sea in the time of ancient Greece. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Hanging gardens of Babylon

Hanging gardens of Babylon
Hanging Gardens of ancient Babylon. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: KIPLING: JUST SO STORIES. The Elephants Child

KIPLING: JUST SO STORIES. The Elephants Child. Illustration by Rudyard Kipling to the first edition of his Just So Stories, published in 1902

Background imageIllustration Collection: ANDERSEN: LITTLE MERMAID. The Little Mermaid. Drawing, 1932, by Jeannie Harbour for the fairy tale

ANDERSEN: LITTLE MERMAID. The Little Mermaid. Drawing, 1932, by Jeannie Harbour for the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen

Background imageIllustration Collection: Medieval Spain and Portugal map

Medieval Spain and Portugal map
Map of the Iberian Peninsula in the 1300s and 1400s. Printed color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Medieval Europe at the start of the Crusades

Medieval Europe at the start of the Crusades
Map of Europe at the time of the First Crusade, 1097 AD. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Battle of Cannae plan, 216 BC

Battle of Cannae plan, 216 BC
Map of the Battle of Cannae, in which Hannibal defeated the Romans during the Second Punic War, 216 BC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Kenilworth Castle c. 1575 J940479

Kenilworth Castle c. 1575 J940479
KENILWORTH CASTLE, Warwickshire. Reconstruction drawing of the castle as it might have appeared in 1575 by Alan Sorrell

Background imageIllustration Collection: Nunney Castle N061017

Nunney Castle N061017
NUNNEY CASTLE, Somerset. Aerial view cutaway reconstruction drawing by Stephen Conlin. The great tower as it might have appeared in the 1580s

Background imageIllustration Collection: London Zoo 1929 MD93_07025

London Zoo 1929 MD93_07025
London Zoo, Regents Park, Westminster. Line drawing entitled " The Gardens of the Zoological Society of London 1929" and " the Gardens 1829" (inset)

Background imageIllustration Collection: Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee

Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee
Jesus calms the waters among frightened disciples in a boat. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Vancouver Island map, 1870s

Vancouver Island map, 1870s
Map of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 1870s. Lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Oliver Cromwell at Edgehill, English Civil War

Oliver Cromwell at Edgehill, English Civil War
Cromwell in prayer before the Battle of Edgehill, English Civil War, 1642. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: British army advancing at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815

British army advancing at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815
Duke of Wellington ordering the entire British line to advance at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth, 1620

Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth, 1620
Pilgrim landing party from the " Mayflower" in Plymouth harbor, 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIllustration Collection: Kenilworth Castle J980114

Kenilworth Castle J980114
KENILWORTH CASTLE, Warwickshire. Aerial view reconstruction drawing of the castle in Tudor times by Ivan Lapper

Background imageIllustration Collection: Dover Castle siege J020152

Dover Castle siege J020152
DOVER CASTLE, Kent. The siege of 1216. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn, English Heritage Graphics Team, of the French attack on the collapsed North Gate, East tower

Background imageIllustration Collection: OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT. Illustration by Leslie Brook (1862-1940) for Edward Lears Nonsense Song

OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT. Illustration by Leslie Brook (1862-1940) for Edward Lears Nonsense Song, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Background imageIllustration Collection: First use of anesthesia in surgery, 1846

First use of anesthesia in surgery, 1846
First public demonstration of surgical anesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1846. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustratioin

Background imageIllustration Collection: Kings Lynn MD44 / 00258

Kings Lynn MD44 / 00258
Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Labelled sheet showing the exterior elevations of buildings along the south side of Queens Street and Kings Street. 1944 measured drawing by A J Phillips




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From the Thirteen Original Colonies in 1776 to the vibrant cover of Ms. Magazine's first issue in 1972, illustrations have played a significant role in capturing history and culture. Whether it's EXPL2A-00352 showcasing Hindu gods Laksman, Rama, Sita, and Hanuman or the enchanting depiction of Hindu goddesses Parvati, Lakshmi, and Saraswati from India, these illustrations transport us to ancient lands steeped in mythology. A map of ancient Rome takes us back to the grandeur of an empire that shaped Western civilization. Meanwhile, Babar, king of elephants, and Celeste engage in a playful game of tennis at Celesteville as depicted by Jean de Brunhoff's illustration from his beloved Babar books from the 1930s. Hadrian's Wall stands tall as a testament to Roman engineering prowess while a picture of Lakshmi holding lotus flowers reminds us of her divine presence as the goddess of wealth. William and Mary College transports us to colonial America during the 1700s when education was taking root on American soil. Johannes Brahms comes alive through an illustration that captures his musical genius and passion. Lastly, we are mesmerized by an intricate Book of Kells illustration depicting St. Matthew with meticulous details that showcase artistic mastery from centuries ago. These diverse illustrations not only tell stories but also serve as windows into different eras and cultures – reminding us how art has always been a powerful medium for human expression.