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The 25 Stages from Courtship to Marriage

Thursday 20 March 2014 at 17:47

A charming set of twenty-five hand-tinted stereographs showing the various stage…


Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia

Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 17:39

Grounded in the theory that ideas, emotions, and even events, can manifest as visible auras, Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater’s Thought-Forms (1901) is an odd and intriguing work. Benjamin Breen explores these “synesthetic” abstractions and asks to what extent they, and the Victorian mysticism of which they were born, influenced the Modernist movement that flourished in the following decades.


The Home Movies of Frank Richard Oastler

Thursday 13 March 2014 at 17:06

The Home Movies of Frank Richard Oastler, an American surgeon specialising in gynaecology by profession but also a keen amateur photographer, scholar, and authority on wildlife conservation and its interpretation to the public.


Women Painters of the World: from the time of Caterina Vigri to Rosa Bonheur (1905)

Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 19:35

A book on women painters throughout history, from the time of Caterina Vigri to Rosa Bonheur. includes a rather lavish preface by Walter Shaw Sparrow and various essays on the "genius" of women.


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.