The Public Domain Review

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The War Art of Paul Nash (1917–1944)

Thursday 11 May 2017 at 18:48

Depictions of the destroyed and broken landscapes of the First and Second World War by the English artist Paul Nash, amongst the most important landscape artists of the twentieth century.


Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote (1867)

Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 18:23

From whole multi-paragraph excerpts to single lines, this wonderful little book dedicates itself, as the title declares, to presenting the wit and wisdom to be found in Miguel de Cervantes' masterpiece.


The Maps of Matrakçı Nasuh, Ottoman Polymath

Tuesday 9 May 2017 at 18:13

Exquisite miniatures of 16th-century Persia by Bosnian-born Ottoman polymath and all-round genius Matrakcı Nasuh.


Woodcuts and Witches

Thursday 4 May 2017 at 15:30

Jon Crabb on the witch-craze of Early Modern Europe, and how the concurrent rise of the mass-produced woodcut helped forge the archetype of the broom-riding crone — complete with cauldron and cats — so familiar today.


The Burning Stable (1896)

Thursday 27 April 2017 at 19:12

A remarkable short, most likely staged, showing a stable on fire with horses being rescued and humans fleeing.


The Elizabeths: Elemental Historians

Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 19:25

CONJECTURES #4 — Carla Nappi conjures a dreamscape from four archival fragments — four oblique references to women named “Elizabeth” who lived on the watershed of the 16th-to-17th century.


Texts in Mathias Enard’s Compass

Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 16:01

Collection of the major public domain texts featuring in the novel Compass by French writer Mathias Enard — including Balzac, Victor Hugo, and Joseph-Charles Mardrus.


W. B. O’Shaughnessy and the Introduction of Cannabis to Modern Western Medicine

Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 18:57

Cataleptic trances, enormous appetites, and giggling fits aside, W. B. O'Shaughnessy's investigations at a Calcutta hospital into the potential of medical marijuana — the first such trials in modern medicine — were largely positive. Sujaan Mukherjee explores the intricacies of this pioneering research and what it can tell us more generally about the production of knowledge in colonial science.


Arcimboldo-esque Composite Portraits of Trades (ca. 1800)

Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 20:05

Lovely aquatint print depicting four composite portraits for the professions of florist, writer, musician, and barber — their features made up entirely from the tools of their trades.


The Spinning Sow (1673)

Thursday 13 April 2017 at 16:25

17th-century Dutch engraving showing a team of pigs spinning cotton, while in the corner a woman — who'd normally be associated with the work — sleeps.