Jul 25

AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: Tommy’s Torments: A Day in the Life of the Trenches

Tommy’s Torments: A Day in the Life of the Trenches – Available on YouTube!

For those who were not able to attend our lecture at the Ben Uri Gallery last week, Dr Sanjoy Mukherjee-Richardson’s fascinating talk is now available on YouTube, illustrated by a selection of images from Lebrecht’s World War I collection. Please click on the image above to access the lecture or click on the following link:

Many thanks to everyone who attended the lecture. The evening provided a wonderful chance for clients to explore our expanding First World War archive. One member of the audience was so enthusiastic that they approached us to place their unique collection of World War I images with our website at www.lebrecht.co.uk! We represent several private, personal collections relating to the war so if you have any material that may be of interest, please contact Elbie Lebrecht at elbie@lebrecht.co.uk as we are interested in hearing from you.We hope you enjoy accessing the talk online. We look forward to hosting more events, together with Ben Uri, in the future!


Jul 18

Tommy’s Torments: World War I Lecture at the Ben Uri Gallery

20140717 WW1 Lebrecht Talk 01 - Ph CFaruoloMany thanks to everyone who attended our World War I lecture yesterday, the first in a series of talks we are hosting with the Ben Uri Gallery.

We were treated to an extremely illuminating talk by Dr Sanjoy Mukherjee-Richardson, a military academic, who has also served in the British Army. Using images from our extensive World War I collection, Dr Mukherjee-Richardson explored the lives of ordinary soldiers in The Great War, emphasising the diversity in backgrounds, expectations and living conditions of the different nationalities taking part in the conflict. His analysis was backed up with some stunning statistical figures, which challenged our preconceptions.

20140717 WW1 Lebrecht Talk 08 - Ph CFaruoloUnusual photographs of Austro-Hungarian soldiers and African troops contributed to a broader discussion, which went beyond the more typical images we see of fighting on the Western Front.

20140717 WW1 Lebrecht Talk 14 - Ph CFaruolo

We will be posting details of future talks here on the blog and sending information via our mailings. The purpose of our lecture series is to present a new perspective on famous historical events by having experts discuss them. using the visual resources that both Lebrecht and Ben Uri hold in their archives. We look forward to hosting more events, together with Ben Uri, in the future.

Jul 17

‘Lost’ World War I Photographs: New Images from Lebrecht Photo Library

An unique collection of ‘lost’ World War I negatives depicting the short life of German fighter ace Baron von Richthofen known as the Red Baron have been found at a British car boot sale by a keen-eyed photographer and placed with Lebrecht Music & Arts’ History section.

-WWI Manfred von Richthofen

The original negatives provide a unique record of Von Richthofen’s flying career, together with the planes and portraits of many of his American, British, French and German adversaries and comrades, including Lt. Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest son of American President Theodore Roosevelt, who was shot down and killed in a dog fight over France on Bastille Day, July 14 1918.

Baron Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen was only 25 when he was killed in aerial combat, yet in a short 2-year career as a fighter pilot, he became the top German flying ace of WWI with 80 air combat victories to his credit. He began his military career as a cavalryman, but transferred to the German Army Air Service in 1915 to become one of the first members of the Jasta 2 fighter squadron in 1916. He quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and within a year was promoted to lead Jasta 2 and later the larger Jagdgeschwader I wing – better known as the Flying Circus or Richthofen’s Circus.

As we continue to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, we are delighted to be able to supply these ‘lost’ images to clients.

WWI -Oberleutnant Ernst Udet with his Fokker DVII

Jul 16

New Fashion Images from Lebrecht Music & Arts

Lebrecht Music & Arts now has more than 4000 fashion-related pictures online at www.lebrecht.co.uk. We have gradually been adding this material over the past few years and can access even more images through our offline sources. If you are working on a fashion project, contact our research team at pictures@lebrecht.co.uk for more information.Read on for some of our collection highlights!

Fashion illustrations
Our fashion archive contains a wonderful collection of magazine illustrations from the early 20th century.Glamorous flappers or elegant 1940s suits? Take your pick as you browse through our a selection of our favourites by clicking on the image to your right.

Fashion designers     

Our collection contains a large number of portraits of leading fashion designers, from paintings of the founder of Parisian haute-couture, Charles Frederick Worth, to photographs of Irish milliner, Philip Treacy, and Punk icon, Vivienne Westwood.

Click on the image to browse through more famous names of fashion.

Fashion through the ages      

Lebrecht Music & Arts also represents a collection of images charting fashion through the ages, from hairstyles of the Ancient Greeks to clothing in the Middle Ages and the decadent fashions of the 18th century.

Click on the illustration for a tour of clothing through the centuries.

Jul 14

Obituary pictures for Louis Zamperini from Lebrecht

Louis Zamperini – 26 January 1917 – 2 July 2014

Louis Zamperini was an American long distance runner in the 1936 Olympics. He became a Japanese prisoner of War in World War II after surviving a plane crash in the Pacific and spending 47 days drifting on a raft. After the war he became an inspirational speaker. In 2010 Laura Hillenbrand wrote a best-selling book about his experiences, which was adapted into a film in 2014, Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolle .

Louis Zamperini at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games
Louis Zamperini at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games.
© culture-images/Lebrecht

Louis Zamperini arrives back in America
Louis Zamperini arrives back in America at the end of World War II.
© culture-images/Lebrecht

Jul 13

Obituary pictures, Lorin Maazel, American conductor from Lebrecht Music & Arts

Lorin Maazel, American conductor, violinist and composer dies 13 July 2014.

Lebrecht Music & Arts has photographs of Lorin Maazel from the early days of his career as violinist and conductor in the 1960s and 1970s through to recent performances. Click HERE to view images.

6 March 1930 -13 July 2014. (aged 84)

Lorin Maazel , American conductor & violinist, conducting in 1960.
© G.MacDomnic/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Jun 19

Invitation to a World War I Lecture from Lebrecht Music & Arts

Tommy’s Torments: A Day in the Life of the Trenches
Lecture given by Sanjoy Mukherjee-Richardson, military historian

Isaac Rosenberg, self-portrait in World War I
Self-portrait of the World War I poet, Isaac Rosenberg, held by the Ben-Uri Gallery

Lebrecht Photo Library is delighted to invite you to the first in a series of presentations curated in co-operation with the Ben-Uri Gallery, St Johns Wood, London. Military historian, Sanjoy Mukherjee-Richardson, will take you through life in the trenches and the wider context of World War I.

The talk will use reference material from the Lebrecht World War One image collection.

Date: Thursday, 17th July 2014

Time: 6.30 pm – 8 pm

Venue: 108A Boundary Rd, London NW8 0RH

RSVP essential: Email pictures@lebrecht.co.uk to reserve your place


Sanjoy Mukherjee-Richardson, military historian, served in the British Army for five years. His PhD focused on the training of recruits in the British Army. He worked with Professor/Brigadier Richard Holmes who was renowned for his studies of the lives of ordinary soldiers, particularly during the First World War.

Jun 12

Obituary photos of Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos from Lebrecht Music & Arts

Obituary images for Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos – Spanish conductor.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the most successful Spanish conductor of the past century died last night in Pamplona. He was 80 years old.

15 September 1933 – 11 June 2014

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos Spanish conductor
© T.Martinot/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos , Spanish conductor of German parentage, listening to a playback of Fallas 's The Three Cornered Hat at Kingsway Hall, London in November 1963 with the recording director Victor Olof.
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos listening to a playback of Fallas ‘s The Three Cornered Hat at Kingsway Hall, London in November 1963 with the recording director Victor Olof.
© G.MacDomnic/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Raphael Frubeck de Burgos
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducting the New Philharmonic Orchestra for and EMI recording at Abbey Road studio one in 1966.
© G.MacDomnic/Lebrecht Music & Arts