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1780s Collection

"The 1780s: A Decade of Nation Building and Revolutionary Spirit" Step back in time to the 1780s, a pivotal era that shaped the course of history

Background image1780s Collection: The Nation Makers. Depicts the Battle of Brandywine of 1777 during the Revolutionary War

The Nation Makers. Depicts the Battle of Brandywine of 1777 during the Revolutionary War
PYLE: NATION MAKERS, 1906. The Nation Makers. Depicts the Battle of Brandywine of 1777 during the Revolutionary War. Oil on canvas by Howard Pyle, 1906

Background image1780s Collection: Laodicea Dicey Langston of South Carolina protecting her elderly father

Laodicea Dicey Langston of South Carolina protecting her elderly father, a known supporter of the revolutionary cause
SOUTH CAROLINA: LOYALISTS. Laodicea Dicey Langston of South Carolina protecting her elderly father, a known supporter of the revolutionary cause

Background image1780s Collection: CONSTITUTION. Page one of the Constitution of the United States of America, 1787

CONSTITUTION. Page one of the Constitution of the United States of America, 1787

Background image1780s Collection: EXPL2A-00164

EXPL2A-00164
Map of the United States at the close of the American Revolution, 1783. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1780s Collection: Lunar Society

Lunar Society
The Lunar Society of Birmingham sought to improve society using science; its members included Priestley, Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, Herschel, and Watt

Background image1780s Collection: EVRV2A-00048

EVRV2A-00048
Battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina, 1780, American Revolution. Hand-colored halftone illustration of a 19th-century illustration by F.C. Yohn

Background image1780s Collection: Mozart and Constanze on their honeymoon

Mozart and Constanze on their honeymoon
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 -1791), Austrian composer and musician, seen here honeymooning with his bride Constanze. They married in 1782

Background image1780s Collection: Montgolfier balloon in flight over Paris

Montgolfier balloon in flight over Paris
First manned balloon ascent, made in the presence of the Dauphin, from the Jardin de la Muette, Paris, under the direction of Montgolfier

Background image1780s Collection: CONSTITUTION. Preamble and beginning of Article I of the Constitution of the United States, 1787

CONSTITUTION. Preamble and beginning of Article I of the Constitution of the United States, 1787

Background image1780s Collection: Manhattan map, 1780s

Manhattan map, 1780s
John Hills map of New York City, surveyed in 1782, drawn in 1785. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of an 18th-century illustration

Background image1780s Collection: Le Sanguin, 1780 (hand-coloured engraving, highlited in gold and silver)

Le Sanguin, 1780 (hand-coloured engraving, highlited in gold and silver)
985787 Le Sanguin, 1780 (hand-coloured engraving, highlited in gold and silver) by Martinet, Francois Nicolas (1731-1800); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Sanguin)

Background image1780s Collection: Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean

Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean. English folk or fairy tale that appeared in this form in 1734, and later became Jack and the Beanstalk. Date: Late 18th Century

Background image1780s Collection: British evacuation of Charleston SC, 1782

British evacuation of Charleston SC, 1782
Charleston, South Carolina, abandoned by the British near the end of the Revolutionary War. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1780s Collection: Union Workhouse, Hambledon, Surrey

Union Workhouse, Hambledon, Surrey
The Hambledon Union workhouse, a building originally erected in 1786 for the united parishes of Bramley, Chiddingfold, Dunfold and Hambledon

Background image1780s Collection: Grand Aerostatic Balloon, Little Chelsea

Grand Aerostatic Balloon, Little Chelsea
Grand Aerostatic Balloon ascending with Mr Blanchard from the Royal Military Academy, Little Chelsea, London. 16 October 1784

Background image1780s Collection: Manhattan map, 1789

Manhattan map, 1789
Map of the City of New York, 1789. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of an 18th century illustration

Background image1780s Collection: American siege of Yorktown, Revolutionary War

American siege of Yorktown, Revolutionary War
Washington directing the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, during the American Revolution, 1781. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1780s Collection: The Lamb, 1789 (hand-coloured relief-etching, watercolour)

The Lamb, 1789 (hand-coloured relief-etching, watercolour)
985824 The Lamb, 1789 (hand-coloured relief-etching, watercolour) by Blake, William (1757-1827); 19.8x12.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Lamb. Plate 7 from Songs of Innocence)

Background image1780s Collection: The Casino at Marino, 1783 (engraving)

The Casino at Marino, 1783 (engraving)
XJF476169 The Casino at Marino, 1783 (engraving) by Irish school, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Casino at Marino, in Marino, Dublin)

Background image1780s Collection: Major General Claud Martins House, by Thomas Daniell

Major General Claud Martins House, by Thomas Daniell
Major General Claud Martins House, the Farhad Baksh, in Lucknow on the River Gumti, by Thomas Daniell (1749-1840). Date: 1789

Background image1780s Collection: FRIEDRICH von SCHILLER (1759-1805). Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

FRIEDRICH von SCHILLER (1759-1805). Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller. German poet and playwright. Reciting his work at the court of Weimar. Painting by Eduard Ender (1822-1883)

Background image1780s Collection: Balloon ascent by Blanchard

Balloon ascent by Blanchard
Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon, probably for the planned ascent from the Champ de Mars, Paris, 2 March 1784. A slightly fanciful representation of the balloon, parachute and carriage. circa 1784

Background image1780s Collection: Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel

Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries crossing the English Channel by balloon. They left Dover, crossed the sea, and landed near Blanay, between Calais and Boulogne

Background image1780s Collection: Balloon ascent from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris

Balloon ascent from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris
Balloon ascent of Charles and Robert from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, the first voyage made in a hydrogen balloon. After sending off a trial hydrogen balloon, Charles designed

Background image1780s Collection: Balloon ascent, Champ de Mars, Paris

Balloon ascent, Champ de Mars, Paris
Balloon ascent by Montgolfier, d Anonai and Vivarais from the Champ de Mars, Paris. 27 August 1783

Background image1780s Collection: Satirical ballooning image

Satirical ballooning image
A rude satirical image of large and small balloons tied together, lifting a cannon, entitled The Montgolsier. A first rate of the French Aerial Navy. A Fart, an Ass, a Fool, A Monkey, a Nothing. 1783

Background image1780s Collection: Tollymore Barbican Gate

Tollymore Barbican Gate
The Barbican Gate entrance to Tollymore Forest Park, near Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland. It was built by Lord James Limerick as the eastern entrance to the park. Date: 1780s

Background image1780s Collection: Her Royal Highness, Princess Royal and her four sisters

Her Royal Highness, Princess Royal and her four sisters
Morning Amusements -- Charlotte, Princess Royal (1766-1828), and her four sisters (Augusta Sophia, Elizabeth, Mary, Sophia), all daughters of King George III

Background image1780s Collection: Abraham purchasing cave for a burial place

Abraham purchasing cave for a burial place
Abraham purchasing the Cave of Machpelah for a burial place - Thomas Bankes Bible, Genesis 23.16. 1787

Background image1780s Collection: Brochure cover, W Barratt & Co Ltd, Northampton

Brochure cover, W Barratt & Co Ltd, Northampton
Brochure cover design, W Barratt & Co Ltd, Northampton, advertising Footshape boots by post. Depicting an 18th century scene with a coach and horses and a road sign: Boots by Post in 1780

Background image1780s Collection: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791). Austrian composer. Mozart rehearsing with German soprano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791). Austrian composer. Mozart rehearsing with German soprano, Caterina Cavalieri (1755-1801). Line engraving

Background image1780s Collection: Angel commanding Hagar to return to Sarah

Angel commanding Hagar to return to Sarah
The Angel of the Lord commanding Hagar to return to her mistress Sarah - Thomas Bankes Bible, Genesis 16.9. 1787

Background image1780s Collection: Theatre Royal, Covent Garden Handbill

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden Handbill
Theatre Royal Handbill advertising the Marriage of Figaro and Virtues Triumph. Date: January 13th 1785

Background image1780s Collection: Tollymore Entrance Gate

Tollymore Entrance Gate
The Main Entrance Gates to Tollymore Forest Park, near Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland. It was built for Lord James Limerick. Date: 1780s

Background image1780s Collection: Female portrait, (c1780s). Creator: Lorens Lonberg

Female portrait, (c1780s). Creator: Lorens Lonberg
Female portrait, (c1780s)

Background image1780s Collection: Marc Antoine René de Voyer de Paulmy d'Argenson, c1780. Creator: Alexander Roslin

Marc Antoine René de Voyer de Paulmy d'Argenson, c1780. Creator: Alexander Roslin
Marc Antoine Rene de Voyer de Paulmy d'Argenson, c1780. Portrait of Count Marc Antoine Rene d'Argenson. d'Argenson was for a short time French Minister of War

Background image1780s Collection: Apostle Peter, (c1780s) Creator: Jonas Akerstrom

Apostle Peter, (c1780s) Creator: Jonas Akerstrom
Apostle Peter, (c1780s)

Background image1780s Collection: Male portrait, (c1780s). Creator: Pehr Hörberg

Male portrait, (c1780s). Creator: Pehr Hörberg
Male portrait, (c1780s)

Background image1780s Collection: Female costume, 1780. Creator: Carl Wilhelm Swedman

Female costume, 1780. Creator: Carl Wilhelm Swedman
Female costume, 1780

Background image1780s Collection: A jester, 1777/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

A jester, 1777/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
A jester, 1777/1783

Background image1780s Collection: A hanged man, 1771/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

A hanged man, 1771/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
A hanged man, 1771/1783

Background image1780s Collection: The sorrowful one, 1775/1777. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

The sorrowful one, 1775/1777. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
The sorrowful one, 1775/1777

Background image1780s Collection: Emperor Franz I (II) of Austria as a child, 1780. Creator: Karl Georg Merville

Emperor Franz I (II) of Austria as a child, 1780. Creator: Karl Georg Merville
Emperor Franz I (II) of Austria as a child, 1780

Background image1780s Collection: A emaciated old man with sore eyes, 1771/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

A emaciated old man with sore eyes, 1771/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
A emaciated old man with sore eyes, 1771/1783

Background image1780s Collection: The reliable one, (1777/1783?). Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

The reliable one, (1777/1783?). Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
The reliable one, (1777/1783?)

Background image1780s Collection: Variant of “The Noble One”, 1777/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

Variant of “The Noble One”, 1777/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
Variant of "The Noble One", 1777/1783

Background image1780s Collection: An old cheerful smiler, 1777/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

An old cheerful smiler, 1777/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
An old cheerful smiler, 1777/1783

Background image1780s Collection: Old age, 1771/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

Old age, 1771/1783. Creator: Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
Old age, 1771/1783



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"The 1780s: A Decade of Nation Building and Revolutionary Spirit" Step back in time to the 1780s, a pivotal era that shaped the course of history. Howard Pyle's masterpiece, "The Nation Makers, " captures the intensity of the Battle of Brandywine during the Revolutionary War. The canvas comes alive with soldiers fighting for freedom, embodying the spirit that birthed a nation. In 1787, another monumental event took place as ink met parchment on page one of the Constitution of the United States. This document laid down principles that would guide America towards becoming a beacon of democracy and liberty. Amidst this backdrop, we witness Laodicea Dicey Langston fearlessly protecting her father from Loyalist troops in South Carolina. Her unwavering support for revolutionaries symbolizes countless unsung heroes who risked everything for independence. While battles raged on land, human ingenuity soared above as Montgolfier balloons gracefully floated over Paris. These early flights marked humanity's first steps into an uncharted realm - the sky. Intellectual curiosity thrived during this decade through gatherings like England's Lunar Society where brilliant minds converged to discuss scientific advancements and societal progress. Meanwhile, love blossomed amidst chaos as Mozart and Constanze embarked on their honeymoon – a testament to romance enduring even in turbulent times. Across continents, Milton Abbas in England witnessed its own transformation with architectural marvels reflecting changing social dynamics – an evolving world captured within its walls. Yet not all tales were fantastical; Jack Spriggins' journey with his enchanted bean reminded us that dreams can come true if we dare to believe in magic and take bold leaps forward. As history unfolded before our eyes, we cannot forget moments like British evacuation from Charleston SC in 1782 – marking both triumph and loss while shaping future narratives.