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The Launch of Our End-of-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 12:05

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


A Bestiary of Loss

Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 11:02

To mark Lost Species Day, images of 39 recently extinct animals and their stories — from the aurochs to the ivory-billed woodpecker.


Displaying the Dead: The Musée Dupuytren Catalogue

Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 12:25

When Paris’ infamous museum of anatomical pathology closed its doors in 2016, a controversial collection disappeared from view. Daisy Sainsbury explores the history of the Musée Dupuytren, and asks what an ethical future might look like for the human specimens it held.


The Tanzmasken of Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt (ca. 1924)

Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 12:25

These costumes for dancing, born of an artistic philosophy of suffering, suggest a mongrel collision of characters.


A Pantomime and Masquerade: Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716)

Thursday 17 November 2022 at 12:09

Burlesquing the Augustan era’s fixation on classical tradition, Gay renders practical advice for walking around London into oftentimes absurd verse.


Floating Phantoms: A. G. Mayer’s Medusae of the World (1910)

Tuesday 15 November 2022 at 08:13

While Haeckel turns jellyfish into baroque spectacles of color and flowing form, Mayer’s medusae are more sober, their tentacles subdued, their umbellate bells transparent.


Last Order Dates for the Holiday Season - 2022

Wednesday 9 November 2022 at 17:16

The recommended cut-off dates to order from our shop by to ensure delivery in time for Dec 25th.


Proust’s Pinks

Wednesday 9 November 2022 at 12:19

For vast stretches of À la recherche du temps perdu, there is scarcely a page unadorned by vibrant colour. To commemorate the centenary of Marcel Proust’s death, Christopher Prendergast celebrates his use of pink, how its tone shifts from innocence to themes of sexual need, before finally fading out to grey at the novel’s close.


Wheels Within Wheels: The “Flammarion Engraving” (ca. 1888)

Wednesday 9 November 2022 at 12:17

This celestial image has long stumped scholars: is it a lost Renaissance engraving or a nineteenth century pastiche?


Shadows from the Walls of Death (1874)

Thursday 3 November 2022 at 12:40

Originally printed in a run of one hundred copies, only a half-dozen of which remain, this dangerous book is made from wallpaper laced with arsenic.