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Phenomena Over and Under the Earth (1878)

Tuesday 26 January 2016 at 18:46

An Austrian painter's beautiful presentation of various atmospheric conditions including will-o'-the-wisp, a moonbow, and the Northern Lights.


Plastic Reconstruction of the Face (1918)

Thursday 21 January 2016 at 15:59

Silent film exploring the Studio for Portrait Masks, the Paris workshop of American artist Anna Coleman Ladd (1878-1939), which provided galvanised copper masks for soldiers whose faces were partly destroyed fighting in the First World War.


Francis Bacon on Gardens (1902)

Wednesday 20 January 2016 at 16:01

Featuring artwork by Lucien Pissarro, this is a beautiful art nouveau edition of an essay on gardens by the Renaissance philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626).


Lewis Hine’s Composite Photographs of Child Labourers (1913)

Tuesday 19 January 2016 at 18:02

A unique set of composite photographs by Lewis Hine depicting Southern cotton mill workers. Each image was created by purposively rephotographing several workers upon the same photographic plate.


Life, Crimes, and Confession of Bridget Durgan (1867)

Thursday 14 January 2016 at 17:23

A small booklet detailing the narrative of Bridget Durgan (1843-1867), an Irish domestic servant who was hanged for murder of her master in the 1860s New Jersey.


On Oscar Wilde and Plagiarism

Wednesday 13 January 2016 at 18:37

Celebrated for his innovative wit, Oscar Wilde and the notion of originality are common bedfellows. The pairing, however, is not without its complications. Joseph Bristow and Rebecca N. Mitchell explore the claims of plagiarism that dogged Wilde's career, particularly as regards his relationship with that other great figure of late-19th-century Decadence, the American painter James McNeill Whistler.


NYPL Release 187k Public Domain Images in Hi-Res

Tuesday 12 January 2016 at 19:11

Our selection of highlights from an afternoon's browsing of the NYPL's massive new public domain release — a selection which we hope shows the breadth and depth of the content.


Manual Training — Play Problems (1917)

Wednesday 6 January 2016 at 16:18

This charming book from 1917 presents a manual training in what the author William S. Marten terms constructive-play, full of how-to guides for making all manner of toys and other objects.


Anatomical Illustrations from 15th-century England

Tuesday 5 January 2016 at 16:54

Anatomical illustrations from an English medical treatise dating from the mid 15th century, including a Wound Man illustration, depicting a man who has been stabbed, bitten, and wounded by arrows, as well as bludgeoned in the arm and head.


Robin Redbreast (1907)

Monday 21 December 2015 at 18:32

A song about the rouge chested bird composed by Reginald De Koven, featuring some wonderful whistling to mimic the bird's call.