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The Anthropometric Detective and His Racial Clues

Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 19:38

Ava Kofman explores how the spectre of race, in particular Francis Galton's disturbing theory of eugenics, haunts the early history of fingerprint technology.


The American Woods

Tuesday 23 February 2016 at 17:13

a selection of pages from Romeyn Beck Hough's epic fourteen volume work The American Woods, a collection of more than 1000 paper-thin wood samples representing more than 350 varieties of North American tree


Self-Portrait by Ernst Mach (1886)

Thursday 18 February 2016 at 18:46

Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach's unique self-portrait, from the perspective of his left eye.


D.O.A. (1950)

Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 17:57

A film noir — starring Edmond O'Brien and Pamela Britton — about a man who has been poisoned and, with only a few days left to live, sets out to find his killer.


Sketches in Bedlam (1823)

Tuesday 16 February 2016 at 17:59

A compendium of glimpses into the personalities and stories of more than 140 mental patients confined to the Bethlem Hospital in the early part of the 19th century.


The Cheese Mites or, Lilliputians in a London Restaurant (1901)

Thursday 11 February 2016 at 16:25

Wonderful example of early special effects, a man is dining in a restaurant when three small human-like creatures, two men and a woman, appear from his food and drink, much to the amusement of the man at the table.


Who Says Michelangelo Was Right? Conflicting Visions of the Past in Early Modern Prints

Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 18:15

When the lost classical sculpture Laocoön and His Sons — lauded as representing the very highest ideal of art — was dug up in 1506 with limbs missing, the authorities in Rome set about restoring it to how they imagined it once to look. Monique Webber explores how it was in reproductive prints that this vision was contested, offering a challenge to the mainstream interpretation of Antiquity.


Le Centre de l’Amour (ca. 1687)

Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 17:22

The centre of love: discovered through various emblems, gallant and facetious — a delightfully illustrated emblem book exploring all corners of seventeenth-century courtship.


London a Hundred Years Hence (1857)

Thursday 4 February 2016 at 14:30

A vision, from 1857, of what London would look like 100 years in the future — including the prediction of vast shopping malls and internet shopping.


The Friendship Book of Anne Wagner (1795-1834)

Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 17:22

Pages from a friendship book of Anne Wagner, aunt to the poet Felicia Dorothea Browne, who herself has a number of entries in the album, including wonderful mixed-media collages.