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The Launch of Our End-of-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 14:20

Our End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Communication.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/12/launch-of-end-of-year-fundraiser


En Pleine Mer: The Underwater Landscapes of Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez

Tuesday 1 December 2020 at 06:31

Images from colour pencil drawings made while the artist was submerged in a diving bell.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez


Lord of Misrule: Thomas Morton’s American Subversions

Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 13:29

When we think of early New England, we tend to picture stern-faced Puritans and black-hatted Pilgrims, but in the same decade that these more famous settlers arrived, a man called Thomas Morton founded a very different kind of colony — a neo-pagan experiment he named Merrymount. Ed Simon explores the colony’s brief existence and the alternate vision of America it represents.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/lord-of-misrule-thomas-mortons-american-subversions


Thomas Wright's An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe (1750)

Thursday 19 November 2020 at 10:18

Wright’s theory, illustrated by 32 plates, mixes influential discoveries about the milky way with fantastical visions of divine creation.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/an-original-theory-or-new-hypothesis-of-the-universe


Temperance Stories and Sketches (1879)

Thursday 19 November 2020 at 10:17

Temperance movement book full of tales, poems, and illustrations warning readers against the perils of alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/temperance-stories-and-sketches


Last Order Dates for Christmas 2020

Thursday 12 November 2020 at 15:57

A little bit earlier this year (due to you know what), below are the recommended cut-off dates to order from our shop by to ensure delivery in time for Dec 25th. Please do get your orders in early! And remember all proceeds go directly back into supporting the project.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/11/last-order-dates-for-christmas-2020


Greek Masquerade (1771)

Thursday 12 November 2020 at 12:53

The goût grec style in extremis, as architecture surrounds the body in this series of fantastical and playful prints.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade


A New Batch of Prints and Introducing Themed Sets

Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 18:33

Introducing updates to the prints shop, including new ways to explore the collection.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/11/new-batch-of-prints-and-introducing-themed-sets


The Orkney Finnmen Legends: From Early Modern Science to Modern Myth

Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 12:55

At the end of the 17th century there appeared the first noting of a mysterious kayak-paddling “Finnman” seen in Orkney waters. Jonathan Westaway explores the subsequent explanations and how early modern science's fascination with unfamiliar objects, and the “out-of-place” in general, helped conjure the idea of an Inuit presence in the region and, in turn, a new chapter of Scottish folklore.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-orkney-finnmen-legends


The Reverse of a Framed Painting, and Other Trompe L'oeil by Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts (ca. 1670)

Thursday 5 November 2020 at 07:57

On one of the most striking and intriguing creations by a Flemish master of trompe l’oeil paintings.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/reverse-of-a-framed-painting