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Details from Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss (1908)

Tuesday 6 February 2018 at 16:44

Celebrating the centenary of Gustav Klimt's death with a selection of close-ups from his most famous painting.


The Dances of the Ages (1913)

Friday 2 February 2018 at 14:42

Miniaturised dancers give a history of dance from the stone-age to the early 20th century, all upon a table-top.


Curiosities from the Museum of Giovanni Carafa (1778)

Wednesday 31 January 2018 at 17:01

Fantastic depictions of various Roman antiquities from a wonderful catalogue of objects once found in the private museum of 18th-century antiquities collector Giovanni Carafa.


Omega: The Last Days of the World (1894)

Thursday 25 January 2018 at 20:16

Science fiction novel by astronomer Camille Flammarion, concerning a near comet miss and a vision of the earth's far distant future.


The Dreams of an Inventor in 1420

Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 18:27

Bennett Gilbert peruses a sketchbook of 15th-century engineer Johannes de Fontana, a catalogue of designs for a wide-range of fantastic and often impossible inventions, including fire-breathing automatons, pulley-powered angels, and the earliest surviving drawing of a magic lantern device.


A Collection of Fashionable English Words (1887)

Tuesday 23 January 2018 at 11:21

Japanese woodcuts from a series by Kamekichi Tsunajima titled “Ryūkō eigo zukushi”, showing images of animals, activities and objects each with their Japanese and English names.


A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1788)

Thursday 18 January 2018 at 18:45

A compendium of slang from the sordid streets of after-hours Georgian London, compiled by Francis Grose.


Images from German “Caterpillar Calendar” (1837)

Tuesday 16 January 2018 at 18:42

Wonderful illustrations from an entomological volume outlining which caterpillars appear each month, as well as details on how to keep them and catch the butterflies into which they will transform.


Yvette Borup Andrews: Photographing Central Asia

Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 16:12

Although often overshadowed by the escapades of her more famous husband (said by some to be the real-life inspiration for Indiana Jones), the photographs taken by Yvette Borup Andrews on their first expeditions through Central Asia stand today as a compelling contribution to early visual anthropology. Lydia Pyne looks at the story and impact of this unique body of images.


The Book of the Homeless (1916)

Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 17:59

Collection of essays, art, poetry, and musical scores, edited by Edith Wharton, whose profits were used to fund civilians displaced by World War I.