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  • V0001645 Sir Francis Drake. Line engraving by T. de Leu after J. Rabe
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Sir Francis Drake. Line engraving by T. de Leu after J. Rabel.
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    A shield for espionage: Thomas de Leu’s portrait of Sir Francis Drake

    21/11/2016

    The iconography of Sir Francis Drake is rich and complex (Sugden and Turner). His many portraits arise from his fame as a circumnavigator, as admiral in Queen Elizabeth I’s navy, as English hero in the battle against the Spanish Armada,… Continue reading

  • L0074560 Three figures within laurel wreathes
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Three figures within laurel wreathes: Lord Mayor Crosby, John Wilkes and Fred Bull.
Lord Mayor Crosby wearing his civic mural crown, John Wilkes as Hercules and and Fred Bull as a bull wearing an alderman's chain. Wilkes holds up a scroll which is inscribed 'Hercules labours overcome gen.l warrants maintain'd. Lib. of Press. Freedom of election etc. etc. etc.' His club is inscribed 'Fox under influence', referring to Charles James Fox. The Lord Mayor rests on a scroll inscribed 'thanks and prayers of the poor'; his staff is inscribed 'for monopoly'; in the background is the Tower of London, and below him is the shield of the Corporation of London. The bull rests a hoof on a pillar of 'fortitude'; the cap of liberty below the figures is inscribed 'Libertas.
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1772 Published: [1 Jan. 1772]

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    Hieroglyphicks of the City Fathers

    25/07/2016

    The Corporation of London is the local government which controls the square mile known as the City of London. It includes the financial industries based in that small area in the eastern half of the London metropolis. The Corporation has… Continue reading

  • AS0000085FG06 Family visit to a zoo
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Family on an outing at a zoo. They are watching the rhinoceros in his enclosure.
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    How the fate of the rhino is tied to medicine

    05/06/2016

    The theme of World Environment Day 2016 is the illegal wildlife trade. All five of the world’s species of rhinoceros have been brought to the edge of extinction thanks in part to a lucrative international trade in exotic animals and… Continue reading

  • L0026695 Mothers holding their sick children waiting to consult a phy
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Mothers holding their sick children waiting to consult a physician. Lithograph by K. Kollwitz, 1920.
1920 By: Käthe Schmidt KollwitzPublished: 1920

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    Parental cares

    01/06/2016

    On the Global Day of Parents, Julia Nurse highlights the moving drawings of Käthe Kollwitz. It is every parent’s nightmare to witness a sick child but it was a frighteningly common scenario before the discovery of penicillin in 1928.  Arguably,… Continue reading

  • V0036035ER A man pointing to a ghost and asking a Queen if she can see
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A man pointing to a ghost and asking a Queen if she can see it too; she replies not. A scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Engraving by T. Phillibrown after J. Meadows.
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    Ghostly comings and goings in Shakespeare’s plays

    03/05/2016

    Ross MacFarlane goes ghost hunting through the ages in the next of our series of Shakespeare-themed posts. This Victorian engraving captures a key scene in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Hamlet claims to have seen the ghost of his… Continue reading

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    Witness to Palmyra: Louis François Cassas

    18/04/2016

    The exhibition of a scale model of a destroyed arch from Palmyra in Trafalgar Square, London, from tomorrow (19 April 2016) is the latest episode in a long tradition. That tradition consists of attempts, through the prevailing media of the… Continue reading

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    Easter 1547: a warlord repents

    24/03/2016

    Easter provides a time for considering the significance of the gospels’ accounts of the last days of Jesus Christ: the sequence of crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. The woodcut above shows Martin Luther on the right and his protector Frederick the… Continue reading

  • L0070285 A temple with a fountain
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A temple with a fountain, representing sandbath treatment for gout and other diseases at Bad Köstritz. Colour lithograph attributed to P. Scheurich, ca. 1910.
1910 By: Paul ScheurichPublished: [ca. 1910]

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    A gift from the dead of 1945

    27/01/2016

    January brings to the UK not only storms and floods but also a benefit to users of historical collections: copyright expiry. At midnight on 31 December 2015, the copyrights of people who had died in 1945 expired, and it became… Continue reading

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    The fashionable barber

    03/12/2015

    Now that you have grown that beard or moustache for Movember, take the advice of a couple of barbers on how to keep it smart throughout Decembeard. Because, as any hipster will tell you, there’s more to having a beard… Continue reading

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    Spotlight: driving out the demon of smallpox

    03/02/2015

    Smallpox plagued medieval Japan, the disease was thought to be brought on by an Onryō (怨霊), a vengeful mythological spirit. This specific spirit or demon was eventually given the name Hōsōshin (疱瘡神). In the tale of Tametomo and Hōsōshin, the… Continue reading