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Shells Collection

"Shells: A Journey Through Time and Art" Step into the world of shells, where history, imagination, and nature intertwine

Background imageShells Collection: Attack of the Ulster Division, 1 July 1916, (c1930). Creator: James Prinsep Beadle

Attack of the Ulster Division, 1 July 1916, (c1930). Creator: James Prinsep Beadle
Attack of the Ulster Division, 1 July 1916, (c1930). Scene from the Battle of the Somme in northern France during the First World War

Background imageShells Collection: Duria antiquior (Ancient Dorset), an imaginative reconstruction of the life of

Duria antiquior (Ancient Dorset), an imaginative reconstruction of the life of
ONH99609 Duria antiquior (Ancient Dorset), an imaginative reconstruction of the life of the Jurassic seas, engraved by George Scharf (1820-95) printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel (1789-1850)

Background imageShells Collection: Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province

Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar - Under UV
CAN-3851 Fossil ammonite Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar - Under UV light Desmoceras spp

Background imageShells Collection: Molluscs / Snails / Print

Molluscs / Snails / Print
Snails on and around various foliage

Background imageShells Collection: The Scallop sculpture by Maggie Hambling on the beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The Scallop sculpture by Maggie Hambling on the beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageShells Collection: At the Front - World War One recruitment poster

At the Front - World War One recruitment poster
Recruitment poster during World War I featuring a dramatic picture of horses pulling guns rearing up in fright at a shell explosion just a few feet away

Background imageShells Collection: The Scallop sculpture by Maggie Hambling on the beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The Scallop sculpture by Maggie Hambling on the beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageShells Collection: The Easter Rising - Dublin, Ireland

The Easter Rising - Dublin, Ireland
The Easter Rising also known as the Easter (or Irish ) Rebellion and referred to erroneously in some contemporary British reports as the Sinn Fein Rebellion - an armed insurrection staged in Ireland

Background imageShells Collection: Light echoes from exploding star

Light echoes from exploding star
Light echoes from an exploding star. Hubble Space Telescope image of an illuminated dust shell around the star v838 Monocerotis

Background imageShells Collection: Nuclear Fission Artwork

Nuclear Fission Artwork
Nuclear fission. Conceptual computer artwork of an atom being split through nuclear, or atomic, fission (splitting). Electrons (orange) can be seen orbiting the nucleus (centre)

Background imageShells Collection: Helix nebula, infrared Spitzer image

Helix nebula, infrared Spitzer image
Helix nebula (NGC 7293), infrared Spitzer Space Telescope image. This is a planetary nebula, a series of shells of gas cast off by a dying star

Background imageShells Collection: Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM

Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM
Calcareous phytoplankton. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the external mineralised structures (coccospheres) of small marine algal organisms called coccolithophores

Background imageShells Collection: Atomic structure, artwork

Atomic structure, artwork
Atomic structure. Computer artwork of electrons orbiting a central nucleus. This is a classical schematic Bohr model of an atom

Background imageShells Collection: Cone Shell - deadly poisonous mollusc. Tropical marine

Cone Shell - deadly poisonous mollusc. Tropical marine
PM-10480 Cone Shell - deadly poisonous mollusc Tropical marine Conus sp. venomous Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageShells Collection: Oyster Shell With artificial pearl

Oyster Shell With artificial pearl
FEU-462 Oyster Shell With artificial pearl Geoff du Feu Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageShells Collection: Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province

Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar
CAN-3850 Fossil ammonite Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar Desmoceras spp. John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageShells Collection: Fossil Ammonite - Cleoniceras sp. - Cretaceous - Madagascar

Fossil Ammonite - Cleoniceras sp. - Cretaceous - Madagascar
CAN-3844 Fossil Ammonite Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian stage - Mahajanga province - Madagascar - cross-section Cleoniceras sp

Background imageShells Collection: East African land snail (Achatina fulica), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

East African land snail (Achatina fulica), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, East Africa, Africa

Background imageShells Collection: Helix nebula, planetary nebula

Helix nebula, planetary nebula
Helix nebula (NGC 7293), optical image. This is a planetary nebula, a series of shells of gas cast off from a Sun-like star towards the end of its life

Background imageShells Collection: Shells - x-ray

Shells - x-ray
PM-7161 SHELLS - X-RAY Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way. contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: + 44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imageShells Collection: Shell Fountain / Costume

Shell Fountain / Costume
Tunic dress by Paquin: draped tango skirt with front split & train, translucent flared tunic & pearl adorned corsage, toque / turban with feather trim

Background imageShells Collection: Helix nebula, HST image

Helix nebula, HST image
Helix Nebula. Hubble Space Telescope image of the Helix planetary nebula (NGC 7293). This comprises shells of gas cast off a Sun-like star near the end of its life

Background imageShells Collection: Mother Shows You How

Mother Shows You How: on the beach. From Teddy Bear (11 August 1973)

Background imageShells Collection: Women working during the First World War

Women working during the First World War. Above: in a weapons factory, filling shells with explosives. Below: an outdoor scene with a woman bus conductor

Background imageShells Collection: Three turtles swimming underwater

Three turtles swimming underwater. Watercolour painting by Raymond Sheppard

Background imageShells Collection: Beach covered with shells, Sanibel Island, Gulf Coast, Florida, United States of America

Beach covered with shells, Sanibel Island, Gulf Coast, Florida, United States of America, North America

Background imageShells Collection: Four oyster shells

Four oyster shells, seen from different angles

Background imageShells Collection: Hermanns Tortoise ROG 7049 Testudo hermanni - Adult. Maouis, France © Bob Gibbons ARDEA LONDON

Hermanns Tortoise ROG 7049 Testudo hermanni - Adult. Maouis, France © Bob Gibbons ARDEA LONDON
ROG-7049 Hermanns Tortoise Adult. Maouis, France Testudo hermanni Bob Gibbons Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageShells Collection: Periscopes in Trenches

Periscopes in Trenches
With shells bursting overhead and trench mortar ready, Seaforth Highlanders watch through a periscope for the Germans

Background imageShells Collection: England; A fine side-by-side 12 bore shotgun made by

England; A fine side-by-side 12 bore shotgun made by premier English gunsmiths James Purdey and Sons

Background imageShells Collection: The Diving Belles music hall divers and aquatic acrobats

The Diving Belles music hall divers and aquatic acrobats
The Diving Belles led by Daphne ?appearing in an elaborate sea cave scena Mermaids in Shells with clever and original tricks and fancy diving?

Background imageShells Collection: 1, animal, animals, aquatic, belauensis, blue, bodies, body, cephalopod, cephalopods

1, animal, animals, aquatic, belauensis, blue, bodies, body, cephalopod, cephalopods
Palau Nautilus (Nautilus belauensis), Palau, Micronesia, Pacific

Background imageShells Collection: Pink abalone (Haliotis corrugata) shell detail, Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve

Pink abalone (Haliotis corrugata) shell detail, Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, January

Background imageShells Collection: Thrilling Wonder Stories scifi magazine cover - THE IONIAN CYCLE

Thrilling Wonder Stories scifi magazine cover - THE IONIAN CYCLE
THE IONIAN CYCLE (William Tenn) A space traveller from Earth encounters some interesting fauna emerging from eggs, pods, shells or whatever. Date: 1948

Background imageShells Collection: Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta, side view

Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta, side view

Background imageShells Collection: Land Snail (Gastropoda), internal anatomy, cross-section

Land Snail (Gastropoda), internal anatomy, cross-section

Background imageShells Collection: Flinders Vase shell (Altivasum flindersi), close up

Flinders Vase shell (Altivasum flindersi), close up

Background imageShells Collection: Harwoods Factory, Pulborough, July 1942

Harwoods Factory, Pulborough, July 1942
Staff in shell making factory in Pulborough. Photograph by George Garland Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: Garland N21660

Background imageShells Collection: Geisha girls at the seaside, Japan

Geisha girls at the seaside, Japan
Two Geisha girls in elegant Western-style striped bathing costumes recline on a studio beach set

Background imageShells Collection: Red Hermit Crab in its habitat, emerging from its shell. On Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Red Hermit Crab in its habitat, emerging from its shell. On Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean
DH-3678 Red Hermit Crab in its habitat, emerging from its shell. On Home Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean. Coenobita perlata Don Hadden Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageShells Collection: Red Hermit Crab - Emerging from its shell. On Home Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean

Red Hermit Crab - Emerging from its shell. On Home Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean
DH-3677 Red Hermit Crab - Emerging from its shell. On Home Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean. Coenobita perlata Don Hadden Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageShells Collection: Oyster plate from the Rutherford B. Hayes White House service

Oyster plate from the Rutherford B. Hayes White House service
1070370 Oyster plate from the Rutherford B. Hayes White House service, designed 1879 (porcelain & enamel) by Davis, Theodore Russell (1840-94); Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA; the Charles R

Background imageShells Collection: Bali seashell gleaner, Kuta

Bali seashell gleaner, Kuta
Bali seashell gleaner. Silhouette of woman with head scarf bending over to gather shells in the shallow seawater near Kuta Date: 1989

Background imageShells Collection: Where Did That One Go To? by Bruce Bairnsfather

Where Did That One Go To? by Bruce Bairnsfather
The very first cartoon published in The Bystander by Bruce Bairnsfather (later Captain) of the 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Background imageShells Collection: Lloyd Georges Munition Girls

Lloyd Georges Munition Girls
Front cover of a book describing womens experiences in a munitions factory during the First World War with a detailed account by an anonymous female shell-maker

Background imageShells Collection: Giant tortoise (Geochelone gigantea) with hard brown shell

Giant tortoise (Geochelone gigantea) with hard brown shell

Background imageShells Collection: Foraminiferan test (shell) SEM

Foraminiferan test (shell) SEM
Foraminiferan test or shell (Elphidium crispum) lateral view, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Foraminifera are single-celled protozoa which construct

Background imageShells Collection: First Blood in the Battle of the Somme, First Worlds War, 1 July 1916, (c1920). Creator: Unknown

First Blood in the Battle of the Somme, First Worlds War, 1 July 1916, (c1920). Creator: Unknown
First Blood in the Battle of the Somme, First Worlds War, 1 July 1916, (c1920)....the storming of Montauban [in northern France] over the sunken road in front of the village. Drawn by S. Begg




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"Shells: A Journey Through Time and Art" Step into the world of shells, where history, imagination, and nature intertwine. From the haunting memories of war to ancient Dorset's vibrant past, these captivating they have stories to tell. In "Attack of the Ulster Division, " a powerful image captured by James Prinsep Beadle in 1930, we witness the devastating impact during World War One. The deafening explosions echo through time, reminding us of the sacrifices made on that fateful day - 1 July 1916. Travel even further back with "Duria antiquior (Ancient Dorset), " an imaginative reconstruction that brings prehistoric life to light. These fossil ammonites like Desmoceras spp. , discovered in Madagascar's Albian Stage during Upper Early Cretaceous period, reveal a mesmerizing glimpse into Earth's ancient secrets when these molluscs thrived. But not all they can remnants from distant eras; some exist today as delicate treasures. In a stunning print capturing Molluscs/Snails' intricate beauty, we marvel at their elegant forms and patterns that nature has bestowed upon them. During times of conflict and uncertainty such as World War One, recruitment posters like "At the Front" played a crucial role in rallying soldiers for duty. Shells symbolize both protection and danger here - shields against harm but also instruments causing destruction. On Suffolk's Aldeburgh beach stands Maggie Hambling's magnificent sculpture titled "The Scallop. " This shell-shaped artwork invites contemplation about our connection with nature while paying homage to Benjamin Britten – one of Britain’s greatest composers who found inspiration along this very shoreline. Delve deeper into the realm with an oyster shell adorned with an artificial pearl – a testament to human creativity merging with natural wonders. It reminds us how something seemingly ordinary can be transformed into extraordinary beauty through artistry.