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Death Collection

"Exploring the Inevitable: A Journey through the Realm of Death" In this captivating journey, we delve into the intricate tapestry of death

Background imageDeath Collection: Roman memento mori mosaic

Roman memento mori mosaic. Mosaics consist of small pieces of coloured glass or stone, used to form an image or pattern on a floor or wall

Background imageDeath Collection: Kensal Green Cemetery

Kensal Green Cemetery
The General Cemetery, Kensal Green

Background imageDeath Collection: The Death of Amy Robsart - William Frederick Yeames

The Death of Amy Robsart - William Frederick Yeames
Oil on Canvas 87 x 61

Background imageDeath Collection: Plague doctor, 17th century artwork

Plague doctor, 17th century artwork
Plague doctor. 17th century artwork titled Doktor Schnabel von Rom (Beak Doctor from Rome). The text is in Latin. The costumes bronze mask contained aromatic herbs and reduced exposure to bad air

Background imageDeath Collection: Dickens / Empty Chair

Dickens / Empty Chair
HIS HOME AT GADSHILL His desk and empty chair after his death, dated 9 June 1870

Background imageDeath Collection: Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty struggle

Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty struggle
THE FINAL PROBLEM The death of Sherlock Holmes; Holmes & Moriarty struggle at the Reichenbach Falls: apparently, both are killed. Date: First published: 1893

Background imageDeath Collection: Greek Orthodox icon depicting Jesus crucifixion, Thessalonica, Macedonia, Greece

Greek Orthodox icon depicting Jesus crucifixion, Thessalonica, Macedonia, Greece, Europe

Background imageDeath Collection: Death of Nelson (West)

Death of Nelson (West)
Horatio Nelson is fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar

Background imageDeath Collection: Acherontia atropos, death s-head hawk-moth

Acherontia atropos, death s-head hawk-moth
A mounted specimen of the death s-head hawk-moth, which takes its name from the skull-like image on its thorax. Specimen from the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDeath Collection: Marie Curie

Marie Curie
Born in Poland in 1867, after receiving her secondary education she worked as a governess for eight years. Marie moved to Paris and read Physics at the Sorbonne

Background imageDeath Collection: In 1581, Ivan beat his son, Ivan in a heated argument causing his sons death

In 1581, Ivan beat his son, Ivan in a heated argument causing his sons death. Depicted in the painting by Ilya Repin, Ivan the Terrible killing his son by Ilya Repin

Background imageDeath Collection: Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease
POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Background imageDeath Collection: Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779
Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting

Background imageDeath Collection: Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby lying near the grave of his master, John Gray

Background imageDeath Collection: Jesus Appears to Mary

Jesus Appears to Mary
Jesus appears, after his death, to Mary Magdalen

Background imageDeath Collection: The Pardoners Tale

The Pardoners Tale
The three rogues search in the woods for death

Background imageDeath Collection: Perseus and Medusa statue at Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Perseus and Medusa statue at Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Background imageDeath Collection: The Endless Column by Constantin Brancusi, Targu Jiu, 1938

The Endless Column by Constantin Brancusi, Targu Jiu, 1938. Brancusi is one of the mosst influential sculptors of the 20th century and of modernism

Background imageDeath Collection: Rorkes Drift

Rorkes Drift
The Defence of Rorkes Drift during the Zulu War, 22nd January 1879. A painting by Lady Elizabeth Butler, specially commissioned by Queen Victoria to commemorate the bravery of the soldiers who fought

Background imageDeath Collection: Ludwig van Beethoven - studied from the death mask i. e. life

Ludwig van Beethoven - studied from the death mask i. e. life
Ludwig van Beethoven - studied from the death mask i.e. life mask. Photograph of bust statue by Hugo Hagen, based on life mask by Franz Klein done in 1812

Background imageDeath Collection: Horses skull

Horses skull, coloured X-ray

Background imageDeath Collection: Jim Morrisons grave at Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris, France, Europe

Jim Morrisons grave at Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris, France, Europe

Background imageDeath Collection: Death of King Harold, Bayeux Tapestry, 69, Normandy, France, Europe

Death of King Harold, Bayeux Tapestry, 69, Normandy, France, Europe

Background imageDeath Collection: Death Of Cricket, The Sporting Times mock obituary 1882

Death Of Cricket, The Sporting Times mock obituary 1882
Australia and England first met in Test match cricket in Melbourne in 1877, but the legend of The Ashes, the symbolic trophy the two teams play for, only began in 1882 when at the Oval in London

Background imageDeath Collection: Postcard for the Budget League

Postcard for the Budget League chaired by Winston Churchill to promote the Peoples Budget introduced by David Lloyd George. Tax the Loafer - not the loaf!

Background imageDeath Collection: Lord, have mercy on London. Contemporary English woodcut on the Great Plague of 1665

Lord, have mercy on London. Contemporary English woodcut on the Great Plague of 1665
PLAGUE OF LONDON, 1665. Lord, have mercy on London. Contemporary English woodcut on the Great Plague of 1665

Background imageDeath Collection: Human skeleton

Human skeleton. Historical artwork of a human skeleton holding an hourglass. The 206 bones of the skeleton provide protection and support to the body

Background imageDeath Collection: The Airpump by Joseph Wright

The Airpump by Joseph Wright
The Air Pump by Joseph Wright (1734-1797). This artwork was painted in 1768. Its full title is An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

Background imageDeath Collection: Supernova explosion, artwork

Supernova explosion, artwork
Supernova explosion, computer artwork. Supernovas are the explosive deaths of massive stars

Background imageDeath Collection: Tollund man found in a nearby peat bog in the Silkeborg museum in central Jutland

Tollund man found in a nearby peat bog in the Silkeborg museum in central Jutland, Denmark, Scandinavia, Europe

Background imageDeath Collection: FRANKLIN'S WRITING

FRANKLIN'S WRITING
Document transcribed by Sir John Franklin stating that H.M.S Erebus & Terror wintered in the ice at Beechey Island. Informs of his death & signed by Capt.s Crozier & Fitzjames. Date: 28 May 1847

Background imageDeath Collection: The Dance of Death (1493) by Michael Wolgemut, from the Liber chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel

The Dance of Death (1493) by Michael Wolgemut, from the Liber chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel. Colored engraving

Background imageDeath Collection: Illustration of Giant Squid (Architeuthis) attacking Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Illustration of Giant Squid (Architeuthis) attacking Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Background imageDeath Collection: WAR IN HEAVEN, 1480. War in Heaven - the Beast (Revelation XII, 7-10 and Revelation XIII)

WAR IN HEAVEN, 1480. War in Heaven - the Beast (Revelation XII, 7-10 and Revelation XIII): woodcut from the Cologne Bible, 1478-80

Background imageDeath Collection: POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary

POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Background imageDeath Collection: Painted terracotta Sarcophagus of the Spouses, from Cerveteri, Rome province, Italy, detail

Painted terracotta Sarcophagus of the Spouses, from Cerveteri, Rome province, Italy, detail, 520 B. C
Etruscan civilization, 6th century b.C. Painted terracotta Sarcophagus of the Spouses, 520 b.C. From Cerveteri (Rome province, Italy)

Background imageDeath 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 imageDeath Collection: LEOPARDI, Giacomo (1798-1837). Italian writer

LEOPARDI, Giacomo (1798-1837). Italian writer
" LEOPARDI, Giacomo (1798-1837). Italian writer. Drawing according the funerary mask on the frontispiece of his " Opere" (Florence)."

Background imageDeath Collection: Death of Hector by Achilles during the Trojan War

Death of Hector by Achilles during the Trojan War
Greek hero Achilles dragging Hectors body behind his chariot in the Trojan wars. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDeath Collection: ASCOT 1910

ASCOT 1910
Black Ascot - due to the recent death of Edward VII, racegoers at Ascot dress in black, though for most ladies this is no more than the excuse to buy a new dress

Background imageDeath Collection: Rose-ringed / ring-necked parakeets (Psittacula krameri) in flight on way to roost in an urban

Rose-ringed / ring-necked parakeets (Psittacula krameri) in flight on way to roost in an urban cemetery, London, UK. January

Background imageDeath Collection: Picture No. 11981750

Picture No. 11981750
Red Deer stalking; two Scottish ghillies with the day's bag old postcard c1910. Date:

Background imageDeath Collection: Ossuary Chapel of skulls - Valletta, Malta

Ossuary Chapel of skulls - Valletta, Malta - destroyed by a bomb during World War II. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDeath Collection: American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

American Cemetery, Omaha Beach
France, Normandy. White crosses at Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

Background imageDeath Collection: THE DEATH OF SAMSON, BY GUSTAVE DORE. Gustave Dore, 1832 - 1883, French. Engraving for the Bible

THE DEATH OF SAMSON, BY GUSTAVE DORE. Gustave Dore, 1832 - 1883, French. Engraving for the Bible. 1870, Art, Artist, holy book, religion, religious, christianity, christian, romanticism, colour

Background imageDeath Collection: DURER, Albrecht (1471-1528). Knight, Death, and

DURER, Albrecht (1471-1528). Knight, Death, and the Devil. 1513. German school. Renaissance art. Engraving. FRANCE. Paris. Louvre Museum

Background imageDeath Collection: BRUEGEL: TRIUMPH OF DEATH. Triumph of Death; tempera on panel, c1562, by Peter Bruegel the Elder

BRUEGEL: TRIUMPH OF DEATH. Triumph of Death; tempera on panel, c1562, by Peter Bruegel the Elder

Background imageDeath Collection: Mouse held away from Mousetrap

Mouse held away from Mousetrap
" My Wife won t let me!" A male mouse is prevented by his wife from taking the unwise step of trying to obtain a tempting block of cheese from a little wire cage



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"Exploring the Inevitable: A Journey through the Realm of Death" In this captivating journey, we delve into the intricate tapestry of death, where its presence is felt in every corner of history and art. From Dickens' poignant depiction of an empty chair symbolizing loss to the haunting visage of a plague doctor from 17th-century artwork, death's grip on humanity has always been profound. The somber brushstrokes in "Death of Nelson" by West immortalize a heroic figure's final moments, while Henry Clarence Whaite's "A Welsh Funeral (To the Cold Earth)" evokes raw emotions surrounding mortality. The eerie beauty of Acherontia atropos, known as the death s-head hawk-moth, reminds us that even nature embraces life's end with grace. From Sherlock Holmes locked in a struggle with Moriarty to Greek Orthodox icon depicting Jesus' crucifixion, Thessalonica stands as a testament to mankind's fascination with life's ultimate mystery. Perseus and Medusa statue at Loggia dei Lanzi echoes our eternal quest for triumph over darkness and fear. As we explore further into history, an 1866 cartoon titled "Deaths Dispensary" reveals water pollution as a source of disease—a reminder that they are be both natural and man-made. Joseph Wright’s masterpiece "The Airpump" captures Marie Curie’s relentless pursuit against cancer—a battle fought valiantly until her last breath. Finally, Tollund Man found preserved in a peat bog serves as an ancient witness to mortality—his silent presence reminding us that even time cannot erase our connection to those who came before us. In this exploration lies not only contemplation but also reverence for what awaits each one of us—an inevitable encounter with death. It urges reflection on how we choose to live our lives amidst its looming shadow—a call to embrace every moment and leave behind legacies that transcend our own mortality.