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Copying Pictures, Evidencing Evolution

Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 15:49

Copying — unoriginal, dull, and derivative by definition — can be creative, contested, and consequential in its effects. Nick Hopwood tracks Haeckel’s embryos, some of the most controversial pictures in the history of science, and explores how copying put them among the most widely seen.


The Map That Changed the Middle East (1916)

Monday 16 May 2016 at 15:57

The map that changed the Middle East, outlining a secret agreement between the the UK and France on how they would carve up the Middle East should the Ottoman Empire be defeated in the First World War.


Emanuel Swedenborg’s Journal of Dreams and Spiritual Experiences in the Year 1744 (1918)

Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 18:39

Dream diary of the 18th-century Swedish scientist, philosopher, religious teacher and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg.


Hypnotism Posters (ca. 1900)

Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 18:36

A set of amusing turn-of-the-century hypnotism posters showing hypnotised people up to various strange shenanigans.


Frolicsome Engines: The Long Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 18:38

Defecating ducks, talking busts, and mechanised Christs — Jessica Riskin on the wonderful history of automata, machines built to mimic the processes of intelligent life.


Raja Harishchandra (1913)

Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 17:47

Based on the eponymous legend recounted in the Sanskrit epics, this is the very first full-length Indian feature — the beginning of Bollywood.


New Elucidations of Thomson’s Seasons (1822)

Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 18:17

Skeletons up to all sorts in this light-hearted satire of James Thomson's poem Spring, from the pen of humorist Henry James Pidding.


Comparative Physiognomy: or, Resemblances Between Men and Animals (1852)

Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 19:10

A book concerned with comparing animals with human faces, in particular those belonging to various nations and ethnic groups.


George Washington at the Siamese Court

Thursday 21 April 2016 at 20:50

Keen to appear outward-looking and open to Western culture, in 1838 the Second King of Siam bestowed upon his son a most unusual name. Ross Bullen explores the curious case of Prince George Washington, a 19th-century Siamese prince.


Shakespeare in Art

Wednesday 20 April 2016 at 19:43

To celebrate the 400th anniversary since the passing of "The Bard", we've put together some of our favourite images to which his plays have given rise: including William Blake, Henry Fuseli, George Cruikshank, Robert Smirke, and Franz Marc.