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Comparative Physiognomy: or, Resemblances Between Men and Animals (1852)

Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 19:10

A book concerned with comparing animals with human faces, in particular those belonging to various nations and ethnic groups.


George Washington at the Siamese Court

Thursday 21 April 2016 at 20:50

Keen to appear outward-looking and open to Western culture, in 1838 the Second King of Siam bestowed upon his son a most unusual name. Ross Bullen explores the curious case of Prince George Washington, a 19th-century Siamese prince.


Shakespeare in Art

Wednesday 20 April 2016 at 19:43

To celebrate the 400th anniversary since the passing of "The Bard", we've put together some of our favourite images to which his plays have given rise: including William Blake, Henry Fuseli, George Cruikshank, Robert Smirke, and Franz Marc.


Catalogue from Belcher Mosaic Glass Co. (1886)

Tuesday 19 April 2016 at 17:54

1886 catalogue from the New York based company of stained glass artist Henry Belcher.


Celestial Phenomenon Over Nuremberg, April 14th, 1561

Thursday 14 April 2016 at 15:43

A woodcut and description of strange UFOs seen in the skies of 16th-century Bavaria.


The Explosion of the Spanish Flagship during the Battle of Gibraltar (ca. 1621)

Tuesday 12 April 2016 at 17:11

Depicting what was probably the most decisive moment of the Battle of Gibraltar, this remarkable painting by Dutch artist Cornelius Claesz van Wieringen, is also an extraordinary attempt to capture the gruesome realities of an explosion.


Images from The Champion Text Book on Embalming (1897)

Thursday 7 April 2016 at 16:57

Photographs demonstrating the process of embalming, from The Champion Text Book on Embalming, published in 1897.


Picturing Don Quixote

Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 17:54

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of one of the best-loved and most frequently illustrated books in the history of literature — Don Quixote. Rachel Schmidt explores how the varying approaches to illustrating the tale have reflected and impacted its reading through the centuries.


Sourire d’Avril (1906)

Tuesday 5 April 2016 at 18:12

Translating as Smile of April, this is a waltz composed by the French composer Maurice Depret performed by The Columbia Symphony Orchestra.


The Sea Monk (ca. 1845)

Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 16:28

A woodblock print, by the late Edo period artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, illustrating the story of an encounter with the Sea Monk or Umibozu, a spirit in Japanese folklore.