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The Calcutta Pococurante Society: Public and Private in India’s Age of Reform

Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 16:58

Joshua Ehrlich on an obscure text found on the shelves of a Bengali library and the light it sheds on the idea of the public in 19th-century Calcutta.


Kobayashi Kiyochika’s Cartoons of the Russo-Japanese War (1904–5)

Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 19:01

Propaganda cartoons from the pen of Japanese artist Kobayashi Kiyochika.


The Death and Burial of Cock Robin

Thursday 11 August 2016 at 18:48

The Death of Cock Robin, also known as The Death and Burial of Cock Robin is a somewhat macabre English nursery rhyme describing the murder and the funeral of a robin.


The Over-Incubated Baby (1901)

Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 18:23

A mother brings her baby to Professor Bakem's newly invented baby incubator, which claims to give one year's of growth in just one hour, but an accident leads to a distressing surprise.


Details from Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (ca. 1500)

Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 18:57

Collection of detailed crops from Hieronymous Bosch's most ambitious work, The Garden of Earthly Delights.


With Lord Byron at the Sandwich Islands in 1825

Thursday 4 August 2016 at 17:53

Journal of the Scottish botanist James McCrae recounting his 1825 voyage to Hawaii with the cousin of the poet Lord Byron.


“Unlimiting the Bounds”: the Panorama and the Balloon View

Wednesday 3 August 2016 at 17:18

The second essay in a two-part series in which Lily Ford explores how balloon flight transformed our ideas of landscape. Here she looks at the phenomenon of the panorama, and how its attempts at creating the immersive view were inextricably linked to the new visual experience opened up by the advent of ballooning.


The Surreal Art of Alchemical Diagrams

Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 19:10

The varied tradition of alchemy has given birth to a whole host of strange and wondrous imagery over the centuries. Here we pick out some favourites.


A Vision of Isolating Technology from 1906

Wednesday 27 July 2016 at 18:24

Punch magazine's vision of the smartphone zombie from 1906.


A Traveler from Altruria (1894)

Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 19:03

Utopian fiction delivering a vision of a one-class socialist utopia while at once offering a biting critique of unfettered capitalism.