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Illustrations from the Lights of Canopus (1847)

Tuesday 29 August 2017 at 20:00

Exquisite illustrations from a 19th-century Persian version of an ancient Indian collection of animal fables called the Panchatantra.


The Victrola Book of the Opera (1913)

Wednesday 23 August 2017 at 13:02

First published in 1912, this is the second edition of what would, by 1976, become a series of thirteen separate, and ever-expanding, versions of a wonderfully illustrated tome detailing every operatic record released by Victor records.


Chladni Figures (1787)

Saturday 19 August 2017 at 19:25

Wonderful diagrams of nodal lines formed by vibrating plates, found in a late 18th-century work by German physicist and musician Ernst Chladni.


Rescuing England: The Rhetoric of Imperialism and the Salvation Army

Wednesday 16 August 2017 at 18:03

Ellen J. Stockstill on how William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, placed the ideas and language of colonialism at the very heart of his vision for improving the lives of Victorian England's poor.


Kusakabe Kimbei’s Photographs of Late 19th-Century Japan

Tuesday 15 August 2017 at 20:47

Photographs depicting everyday scenes in 19th-century Japan by Kusakabe Kimbei.


William Sharp’s Chromolithographs of The Great Water Lily (1854)

Wednesday 2 August 2017 at 17:14

Six magnificent images of Victoria amazonica, believed to be the very first colour-printed lithographs produced in America.


“Dialogue Between Frederick Ruysch and His Mummies” by Giacomo Leopardi (1827)

Tuesday 1 August 2017 at 17:57

The great Italian writer uses the macabre creations of the seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist Frederik Ruysch to reflect upon the mysteries of death.


Out From Behind This Mask

Thursday 27 July 2017 at 17:16

A Barthesian bristle and the curious power of Walt Whitman’s posthumous eyelids — D. Graham Burnett on meditations conjured by a visit to the death masks of the Laurence Hutton Collection.


Destination Earth (1956)

Wednesday 26 July 2017 at 18:26

Great little promotional cartoon from the height of the Cold War championing not only the wonders of oil but also free-market capitalism. Features the overthrow of the suspiciously Stalin-like leader of Mars named Ogg.


The Heart of Man; Either a Temple of God, or a Habitation of Satan; Represented in Ten Emblematical Figures (1851)

Tuesday 25 July 2017 at 17:10

Ten illustrations which, in a wonderful marriage of word and image, plot out the life of the Christian soul.