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Announcing the Launch of *Affinities*, a Very Special Book of Images to Celebrate our 10th Anniversary.

Wednesday 7 April 2021 at 18:49

Gathering over 500 prints, paintings, illustrations, sketches, photographs, doodles, and everything in between, Affinities is a carefully curated journey exploring echoes and connections across more than two millennia of visual culture.


Agostino Ramelli’s Theatre of Machines (1588)

Thursday 1 April 2021 at 15:52

Images from Agostino Ramelli's Diverse and Artificial Machines, which despite their detail obscure as much as they reveal.


English Translation of Finland's Epic Poem, The Kalevala (1898)

Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 15:46

John Martin Crawford's translation of a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology.


Propagating Propaganda: Franklin Barrett’s Red, White, and Blue Liberty Bond Carp

Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 12:38

Toward the end of World War I, as the US peddled hard its Liberty Bonds for the war effort, goldfish dealer Franklin Barrett bred a stars-and-stripes-colored carp: a living, swimming embodiment of patriotism. Laurel Waycott uncovers the story of this “Liberty Bond Fish” and the wider use of animals in propaganda of the time.


The Universe as Pictured in Milton’s Paradise Lost (1915)

Thursday 11 March 2021 at 09:29

In his final work, William Fairfield Warren set out to become a cartographer of the poetic imagination, mapping Milton’s cosmos in Paradise Lost.


A Book of Stone: Adam Wirsing’s Marmora (1776)

Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 06:49

Composed in numbered squares, six to a page, these images are colourful and complex odes to marble.


The Story of Napoleon's Death Mask (1915)

Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 11:56

Engorged with bons mots and brimming with pith, this investigation, in its author’s own words, moves between “the hot sword-play of polemic” and “the chill spade-work of research”.


<i>Black America</i>, 1895

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 12:55

During the summer of 1895, in a Brooklyn park, there was a cotton plantation complete with five hundred Black workers reenacting slavery. Dorothy Berry uncovers the bizarre and complex history of Black America, a theatrical production which revealed the conflicting possibilities of self-expression in a racist society.


Filippo Morghen's Fantastical Visions of Lunar Life (1776)

Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 07:16

The Florentine engraver imagines an expedition to a lunar landscape peopled by New World figures in fantastical, size-shifting scenarios.


French Silk Sample Book (ca. 1900)

Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 11:16

A sample book of gorgeous French silk in various patterns, from around 1900, from the Mary Ann Beinecke Decorative Art Collection.