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"O Uommibatto": How the Pre-Raphaelites Became Obsessed with the Wombat

Thursday 10 January 2019 at 14:55

Angus Trumble on Dante Gabriel Rossetti and company's curious but longstanding fixation with the furry oddity that is the wombat — that "most beautiful of God's creatures" which found its way into their poems, their art, and even, for a brief while, their homes.


Physical Training for Business Men (1917)

Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 20:01

A superb series of photographs found in exercise manual by American author Harrie Irving Hancock.


Characters and Caricaturas by William Hogarth (1743)

Tuesday 8 January 2019 at 18:14

Hogarth's pictorial defence against claims his art was more about caricatures than characters.


Class of 2019

Saturday 29 December 2018 at 19:12

Our top pick of those whose works on 1st January 2019 enter the public domain in many countries around the world, including Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp, Sergei Eisenstein and Martin Luther King Jr.


Schneider Von Groot's Christmas Dream (1885)

Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 17:20

Born of the temperance movement, this poem dramatises the ills of drinking schnapps, through one man’s bloody battle with thousands of intoxicated demons.


Rambling Reflections: On Summers in Switzerland and Sheffield

Tuesday 11 December 2018 at 17:37

In the footsteps of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karl Philipp Moritz — from the peace of Lake Biel to the rugged Peaks — Seán Williams considers the connection between walking and writing.


Hokusai's Ghost Stories (ca. 1830)

Tuesday 11 December 2018 at 16:37

Hokusai's five ghoulish prints for the series Hyaku Monogatari [One Hundred Ghost Stories].


Photographs of (models of) the moon (1874)

Thursday 6 December 2018 at 19:03

James Nasymth's images of intricate models of the lunar surface.


The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man (1750)

Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 17:01

Proto science fiction fantasy romance of an English castaway and a remote race of flying humans.


Polychrome Woodblocks of Itō Jakuchū Birds

Tuesday 27 November 2018 at 18:26

Meiji era copies (ca. 1900) of original designs by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800), a Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period notable for his striking modern aesthetic.