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Barrel Collection

Coopers at work making wooden barrels, their skilled hands meticulously crafting each stave with precision and care

Background imageBarrel Collection: Bellerophon Doves, Sailors Encampment before Sebastopol

Bellerophon Doves, Sailors Encampment before Sebastopol
RNM286329 Bellerophon Doves, Sailors Encampment before Sebastopol, published in 1854 (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Background imageBarrel Collection: Coopers at work making wooden barrels

Coopers at work making wooden barrels
Four coopers hard at work in their workshop making traditional wooden barrels. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageBarrel Collection: Europe, Ireland, Dublin. Exterior of Brazen Head pub, established in 1198 AD. Credit as

Europe, Ireland, Dublin. Exterior of Brazen Head pub, established in 1198 AD. Credit as
Ireland, Dublin. Exterior of Brazen Head pub, established in 1198 AD. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont(RF)

Background imageBarrel Collection: Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Night

Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, Night
Hogarth, Four Times of the Day, 4. Night. In a narrow street leading to Charing Cross, with an equestrian statue of Charles I at the far end

Background imageBarrel Collection: Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternbergs The Blue Angel (1930)

Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternbergs The Blue Angel (1930)
Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel (1930) Der Blaue Engel

Background imageBarrel Collection: USA, Kentucky, Loretto: Makers Mark Bourbon Distillery, Aging Bourbon in Barrels

USA, Kentucky, Loretto: Makers Mark Bourbon Distillery, Aging Bourbon in Barrels

Background imageBarrel Collection: Workshop of a cooper (barrel maker)

Workshop of a cooper (barrel maker)
The workshop of a cooper or barrel maker, with examples of the finished product out in the street

Background imageBarrel Collection: THE CLANCY BROTHERS, 1962. Irish folk group The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem

THE CLANCY BROTHERS, 1962. Irish folk group The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Photograph by James J. Kriegsmann, 1962

Background imageBarrel Collection: Canada, Nova Scotia, Halifax. Alexander Keiths Nova Scotia Brewery. Barrels

Canada, Nova Scotia, Halifax. Alexander Keiths Nova Scotia Brewery. Barrels of Keiths India Pale Ale. (Editorial Usage Only)

Background imageBarrel Collection: Boeing Dash 80 N70700 is barrel rolled

Boeing Dash 80 N70700 is barrel rolled
Boeing Dash 80, N70700, is barrel rolled

Background imageBarrel Collection: Whaling ship diagram, 1800s

Whaling ship diagram, 1800s
Deck plan and cutaway view of whaling schooner " Amelia" of New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBarrel Collection: Cheery Families - Mr Butt the Brewer

Cheery Families - Mr Butt the Brewer. 1890s

Background imageBarrel Collection: HOGARTH: FALSE PERSPECTIVE. Satire on False Perspective. (Whoever makes a design)

HOGARTH: FALSE PERSPECTIVE. Satire on False Perspective. (Whoever makes a design, without the knowledge of perspective)
HOGARTH: FALSE PERSPECTIVE. Satire on False Perspective. (Whoever makes a design, without the knowledge of perspective, will be liable to such absurdities as are shown in this print)

Background imageBarrel Collection: Replica Samuel Adams beer barrel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Replica Samuel Adams beer barrel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
USA, Massachusetts, Boston, Replica Samuel Adams beer barrel

Background imageBarrel Collection: South Street docks in New York City, 1870s

South Street docks in New York City, 1870s
Merchant ships unloading along South Street, New York City, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBarrel Collection: Barrel Girl

Barrel Girl
Bottoms up! A little girl accidentally reveals the fact that her knickers match her dress as she leans over a water butt!

Background imageBarrel Collection: Barrels of molasses, West India Docks, London, 1926-1927. Artist: Langfier Photo

Barrels of molasses, West India Docks, London, 1926-1927. Artist: Langfier Photo
Barrels of molasses, West India Docks, London, 1926-1927. Illustration from Wonderful London, edited by Arthur St John Adcock, Volume I, published by Amalgamated Press, (London, 1926-1927)

Background imageBarrel Collection: The Great Lozenge-Maker. A Hint to Paterfamilias, 1858. Artist: John Leech

The Great Lozenge-Maker. A Hint to Paterfamilias, 1858. Artist: John Leech
The Great Lozenge-Maker. A Hint to Paterfamilias, 1858. This cartoon indicts the sweet-making industry. At the time, many strange, and possibly noxious ingredients were used in sweets

Background imageBarrel Collection: Cheery Families - Mrs Butt the Brewers Wife

Cheery Families - Mrs Butt the Brewers Wife. 1890s

Background imageBarrel Collection: Glenlivet Scotch Whisky distillery 1890

Glenlivet Scotch Whisky distillery 1890
Six thousand barrels of whisky in a bonded warehouse on the ground floor, Edinburgh, Scotland, proprietors Andrew Usher and Co. 1890

Background imageBarrel Collection: Tug of War winning team, Demosthenes, Aberdeen

Tug of War winning team, Demosthenes, Aberdeen
Tug of War winning team on board the Demosthenes, belonging to the Aberdeen White Star Line

Background imageBarrel Collection: Variety of pistols, incl Colts Deringer pistol / Peacemaker

Variety of pistols, incl Colts Deringer pistol / Peacemaker
A variety of pistols, including Colts Deringer pistol, the Snapchance Revolver, a full-size cartridge, a US Cavalry Colt Sa (Single Action Army - Peacemaker).45 revolver (circa 1877)

Background imageBarrel Collection: Riverboats at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1870s

Riverboats at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1870s
Stevedores loading barrels at the Red River levee at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBarrel Collection: Various coopers tools

Various coopers tools
Various tools used by a cooper or barrel maker, including mallets, a hammer, a hatchet and a knife

Background imageBarrel Collection: Advert / Mackesons Stout

Advert / Mackesons Stout
MACKESONs STOUT Milk stout

Background imageBarrel Collection: Good French wine brings luck: the French rugby team is preparing to beat the Irish team

Good French wine brings luck: the French rugby team is preparing to beat the Irish team
XEE4185970 Good French wine brings luck: the French rugby team is preparing to beat the Irish team by drinking with wine brings from home

Background imageBarrel Collection: USA, Washington, Walla Walla. Lavender fields border the vineyards of a Maurice Cellars

USA, Washington, Walla Walla. Lavender fields border the vineyards of a Maurice Cellars and Walla Walla Vintners in Walla Walla

Background imageBarrel Collection: Jamesons Whisky Heritage Centre, Midleton, County Cork, Munster, Ireland

Jamesons Whisky Heritage Centre, Midleton, County Cork, Munster, Ireland

Background imageBarrel Collection: Illicit Whisky Still

Illicit Whisky Still
An illicit still in Donegal (Ireland)

Background imageBarrel Collection: Making Butter, Armenia

Making Butter, Armenia
Making butter in Arnebia using a suspended barrel to churn the milk

Background imageBarrel Collection: Spain and Portugal - Leiria Fountain

Spain and Portugal - Leiria Fountain - Fountain foreground - Bullock cart with barrel, people around fountain - houses in background. Part of Box 149 Boswell collection - Portugal and Spain

Background imageBarrel Collection: Cobble stone street in the old town with a wine shop, a wine barrel on the street

Cobble stone street in the old town with a wine shop, a wine barrel on the street advertising Beaujolais Nouveau, Cave Le Temps du Vin, rue des Fontaines Bergerac Dordogne France

Background imageBarrel Collection: MONK DRINKING WINE. Good Old Wine. Wood engraving, 19th century

MONK DRINKING WINE. Good Old Wine. Wood engraving, 19th century

Background imageBarrel Collection: DOG. Jack russell terrier and parson jack russell terrier puppy in a barrel with grapes

DOG. Jack russell terrier and parson jack russell terrier puppy in a barrel with grapes
JD-22183 DOG. Jack russell terrier and parson jack russell terrier puppy in a barrel with grapes John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageBarrel Collection: Traditional sake barrels at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Traditional sake barrels at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Background imageBarrel Collection: Barrels in wine cellar

Barrels in wine cellar, Badia a Passignano Cave Antinos, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

Background imageBarrel Collection: Monk Wine Cellar 14 Cent

Monk Wine Cellar 14 Cent
A conscientious monk tastes the monastery wine to make sure it is ageing well and keeping in good condition, a duty which must be performed from time to time

Background imageBarrel Collection: Port casks in the Caves Taylor port producers

Port casks in the Caves Taylor port producers, cellars of Taylor, Yeatman and Fladgate group, Rua do Choupelo, Vila Nova de Gaia, Oporto, Portugal, Europe

Background imageBarrel Collection: Industry / Cooper 1827

Industry / Cooper 1827
Coopers made flasks, tubs, pails etc; this particular cooper is putting together a hogshead. Various iron and wooden hoops wall his shop

Background imageBarrel Collection: Social / Knights Hill 18C

Social / Knights Hill 18C
A gentleman farmer on his horse at Knights Hill, Surrey, seat of Lord Thurlow. The farm labourer carries a harvest barrel

Background imageBarrel Collection: Quaker Meeting / Lauron

Quaker Meeting / Lauron
A Quaker meeting - a woman stands on an upturned barrel to preach

Background imageBarrel Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900
Group of miners in the 70 level, including the photographers wife and son. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageBarrel Collection: Street Merchant, 1888 (oil on canvas)

Street Merchant, 1888 (oil on canvas)
3076395 Street Merchant, 1888 (oil on canvas) by Deutsch, Ludwig (1855-1935); Private Collection; French, out of copyright

Background imageBarrel Collection: Cider maker, Somerset, England

Cider maker, Somerset, England
A cider maker wearing a trilby hat and an apron, leans on an old wooden wagon and drinks a pint of cider among the casks and barrels in the outbuilding of a cider works in Somerset

Background imageBarrel Collection: Bunnahabhain distillery, Islay, Inner Hebrides, Argyll, Scotland, UK

Bunnahabhain distillery, Islay, Inner Hebrides, Argyll, Scotland, UK

Background imageBarrel Collection: The Hireling Shepherd, 1851, (1948). Creator: William Holman Hunt

The Hireling Shepherd, 1851, (1948). Creator: William Holman Hunt
The Hireling Shepherd, 1851, (1948). A shepherd neglects his flock and woos a young woman with a lamb on her lap. Behind them, two bloated sheep lie on the ground poisoned by the corn

Background imageBarrel Collection: Coopering, making whiskey barrels at Wiley & Co, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 1961

Coopering, making whiskey barrels at Wiley & Co, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 1961. The photograph shows a worker from the bonded warehouse hammering the rings into place on a barrel

Background imageBarrel Collection: Watneys Happy Families - card back design

Watneys Happy Families - card back design. circa 1930



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Coopers at work making wooden barrels, their skilled hands meticulously crafting each stave with precision and care. In Europe, specifically Ireland's vibrant capital city of Dublin, the exterior of Brazen Head pub stands proudly as a testament to its rich history since its establishment in 1198 AD. As we journey across the Atlantic to Kentucky's Loretto, we find ourselves immersed in the Makers Mark Bourbon Distillery where barrels age gracefully, infusing the bourbon with depth and character. Step into the workshop of a cooper, witnessing firsthand their artistry and dedication as they shape raw materials into functional works of art. Across the vast lands of Canada in Nova Scotia's Halifax lies Alexander Keiths Nova Scotia Brewery; here, barrels play an integral role in brewing exceptional beer that delights countless palates. But it is not only beverages that find solace within these wooden vessels; good French wine brings luck to those who savor it. The French rugby team prepares diligently to face off against their Irish counterparts on the field, fueled by tradition and passion. In 1962, Irish folk group The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem captivated audiences with their soul-stirring melodies echoing through barrel-lined halls. Meanwhile, Hogarth's satirical artwork reminds us of perspective's importance - without it, absurdities abound. Glenlivet Scotch Whisky distillery transports us back to 1890 when craftsmanship met innovation inside aging barrels that held secrets waiting to be unveiled sip by sip. A replica Samuel Adams beer barrel stands tall in Boston as a symbol of American brewing heritage. Finally, let us wander along South Street docks in New York City during the bustling 1870s; amidst towering ships laden with cargo from distant shores lay rows upon rows of barrels filled with treasures yet undiscovered. From ancient pubs steeped in history to modern-day distilleries pushing boundaries – all united by one common thread: the humble barrel.