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Announcing the PDR Colouring Book! Free to Download and Print Off at Home

Tuesday 31 March 2020 at 18:03

We made you a colouring book to help you through these strange times, featuring works by Hokusai, Albrecht Dürer, Virginia Frances Sterrett, and Aubrey Beardsley.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/03/free-colouring-book


Coronavirus Update

Monday 30 March 2020 at 17:02

Quick update as to how the coronavirus crisis is impacting The Public Domain Review.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/03/coronavirus-update


London's Dreadful Visitation: A Year of Weekly Death Statistics during the Great Plague (1665)

Thursday 26 March 2020 at 10:25

Bills of mortality for the year 1665 in London, recording the number of plague dead, as well as other causes of mortality.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/londons-dreadful-visitation-bills-of-mortality


Richard Deakin’s Flora of the Colosseum of Rome (1855)

Tuesday 24 March 2020 at 08:11

A thoroughly romantic amateur English botanist’s catalogue of more than 400 plants and flowers that once grew in profusion on the Roman Colosseum.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/richard-deakin-flora-of-the-colosseum-of-rome


Plague Doctor Costumes

Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 11:34

Depictions of plague doctors in the bird mask and floor-length cloak first developed in France during the early 17th century.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/plague-doctor-costumes


Comic Gold: The Easterner Goes West in Three Early American Comics

Thursday 12 March 2020 at 11:05

The California Gold Rush transformed the landscape and population of the United States. It also introduced a new figure into American life and the American imagination — the effete Eastern urbanite who travels to the Wild West in quest of his fortune. Alex Andriesse examines how this figure fares in three mid-nineteenth-century comic books.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/comic-gold-the-easterner-goes-west-in-three-early-american-comics


Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art (1853)

Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 07:21

Three volumes of anecdotes about painters and other artists collected by an enterprising American dentist, author, and connoisseur of the arts.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/anecdotes-of-painters-engravers-sculptors-and-architects


Coughs, Sneezes, and Jet-Propelled Germs: Two Public Service Films by Richard Massingham (1945)

Thursday 5 March 2020 at 08:24

Two PSA films featuring the multi-talented director, actor, doctor, and hypochondriac Richard Massingham.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/coughs-sneezes-and-jet-propelled-germs-1945


Edouard Joseph d’Alton's Illustrations of Animal Skeletons (1821–1838)

Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 11:29

Meticulous illustrations from an atlas of animal bones, including those of the tiny squirrel and the tall giraffe, the domesticated camel and the extinct giant ground sloth.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/comparative-osteology


Titiba and the Invention of the Unknown

Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 10:54

In this lyrical essay on a difficult and painful topic, the poet Kathryn Nuernberger works to defy history’s commitment to distance, to unsettling effect.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/titiba-and-the-invention-of-the-unknown