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The Tibetan Book of Proportions

Tuesday 11 March 2014 at 19:25

An eighteenth-century pattern book consisting of 36 ink drawings showing precise…


The Hermit; or, The Unparalleled Sufferings, and Surprising Adventures, of Philip Quarll (1814)

Thursday 6 March 2014 at 18:39

The hermit or, The unparalleled sufferings, and surprising adventures, of Philip…


Frederik Ruysch: The Artist of Death

Wednesday 5 March 2014 at 16:10

Luuc Kooijmans explores the work of Dutch anatomist Frederik Ruysch, known for his remarkable ‘still life’ displays which blurred the boundary between scientific preservation and vanitas art.


The Writings of J.F. Martinet (1729-1795)

Tuesday 4 March 2014 at 16:15

KONINKLIJKE BIBLIOTHEEK - Marieke van Delft discusses some works by the prolific writer Johannes Florentius Martinet (1729-1795), digitized in the Early Dutch Books Online (EDBO) Project.


Arent Van Bolten’s “Cat Riding a Monster”

Saturday 1 March 2014 at 20:57

DESIGN: Very little is known about the Dutch artist Arent van Bolten. We do know he wa…


Portraits of Patients from Surrey County Asylum (ca.1855)

Wednesday 26 February 2014 at 17:44

Photographic portraits taken by Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond of patients from Surrey County Asylum in England where he worked as a psychiatrist.


The Founding Fathers v. The Climate Change Skeptics

Wednesday 19 February 2014 at 16:49

When claims from Europe accused British America of being inferior on account of its colder weather, Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Founding Fathers responded with patriotic zeal that their settlement was actually causing the climate to warm. Raphael Calel explores how, in contrast to today's common association of the U.S. with climate change skepticism, it was a very different story in the 18th century.


The Bouncer at the Blazing Rag (1902)

Tuesday 18 February 2014 at 16:42

Introduced as “a concert hall scene by Len Spencer and Gilbert Gerard”…


The Little Book of Love

Friday 14 February 2014 at 16:59

A Valentine's gift to top all Valentine's gifts - the Petit Livre d’Amour (Little Book of Love) was an ornate bespoke book given by the 16th-century Lyon-born poet Pierre Salas to his then lover and future wife Marguerite Bullioud.


George Wither’s Emblem Book (1635)

Thursday 13 February 2014 at 17:29

The emblem book of English poet, pamphleteer, and satirist George Wither (1588 - 1667). Wither was employed by a London publisher called Henry Taunton to write English verses to illustrative the beautiful allegorical plates made by Gabriel Rollenhagen and Crispin van Passe more than 20 years earlier.