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    A Cancer Landscape: a powerful new exhibition in Brighton


    Margaret Felton from Sussex Community NHS Trust reflects on the emotional impact of an upcoming exhibition at the Brighton Science Festival. It was not until I heard artist and cancer patient Michele Angelo Petrone (1963-2007) talk about and show the… Continue reading

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    Acts of Mercy: Cayley Robinson and Stanley Spencer


    Facing the entrance to the Wellcome Library are two large paintings by Frederick Cayley Robinson (1862-1927), from his series Acts of Mercy. This pair, painted in 1916 and 1920, both under the influence of World War I, were formerly facing… Continue reading

  • L0073762 The crucifixion of Christ. Engraving by Agostino CarracciCredit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome crucifixion of Christ (known as 'The Great Crucifixion'). Engraving by Agostino Carracci, 1589, after G. Robusti, il Tintoretto 	On either side of Christ the two criminals are being hoisted up on their crucifixes. Tools and construction materials lie around. The holy women and Saint John the Evangelist lament beneath Christ; the Virgin has fainted. Two soldiers play dice and a man digs nearbyEngraving1589 By: Tintorettoafter: Agostino CarracciThe crucifixion of Christ. Engraving by Agostino CarracciPublished: 1589.Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 2.0

    Early modern horror: a study visit to the Wellcome Library


    The second term of the academic year (January – March) is a popular time for seminars and classes at the Wellcome Library. The last two months have seen visits from many university institutions in London (the Courtauld Institute of Art,… Continue reading

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    Daumier’s Flâneur: an appropriated man


    The cover of the September 2013 Apollo magazine might have aroused a semi-conscious flicker of déjà vu in some visitors to the Wellcome Library. It reproduced a painting by the Scottish-born painter Peter Doig. The painting, called Metropolitain, is one… Continue reading

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    A new catalogue of paintings: Camden vol. 1


    One of the latest volumes published by the Public Catalogue Foundation is devoted to paintings located in the London Borough of Camden, including the paintings in the Wellcome Library. The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) is a charity that, among other… Continue reading

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    ‘Acts of Mercy’ on the move


    Since the Wellcome Trust purchased Frederick Cayley Robinson’s Acts of Mercy in 2009, the four paintings have been moved around a considerable number of times.  This wouldn’t be an issue if they were a reasonable size, but as anyone who… Continue reading

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    Item of the Month: Vivat!


    Marking the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II,  William Schupbach, Iconographic Collections Librarian, explores the local environs of the Wellcome Library, then and now.  The painting above shows Euston Road in London, 60 years ago, early in the… Continue reading

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    Graphic intimations of mortality


    The memento mori pictures in the Wellcome Library range from complex and learned allegories to popular works which encourage their owners to laugh in the face of fate. A comparable collection, focused on the Dance of death, was acquired by… Continue reading

  • L0022474Credit: Wellcome Library, London 
William Russell (1718-1801), surgeon to the Worcester Infirmary. Oil painting by Stephen Hewson.

    New online resources: Your Wellcome Library Paintings, and National Trust Collections


    The free online database Your Paintings was launched last year. [1] It makes available information on more than 100,000 paintings in public and private collections in the United Kingdom that are accessible to the public. The collections include not only… Continue reading

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A vaccinator vaccinating a young child held by its mother, with other members of the household looking on. Oil painting by L.-L. Boilly, 1807[?].

    The Boilly exhibition in Lille


    For anyone with easy access to Lille – and that includes anyone in London, which is 90 minutes from Lille by direct Eurostar train, at a price – the exhibition of works by the painter Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) is well… Continue reading