History

XOT330951 Northern Europe, from an Atlas of the World in 33 maps, Venice, 1st September 1553 (ink on vellum) (see also 330952) by Agnese, Battista (1514-64); 29x49 cm; Museo Correr, Venice, Italy; Italian,  out of copyright
Art, History

The Art of Mapping

Take a closer look at the wonderful world of maps through history. More than simply a topological survey of a country or continent, historical maps are as diverse as the lands they depict. From hunting dogs to sea monsters and cherubs blowing the winds across the ocean, their creativity makes […]

HGM81110 Vanitas, 1628 by Heda, Willem Claesz. (1594-1680); 45.5x69.5 cm; Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Dutch,  out of copyright
Art, History

Vanitas – symbols of death & decadence

Looking back at the ‘Memento Mori’ painting tradition, Vanitas is a macabre genre of symbolic still-life that prospered in the Netherlands in the early 17th century reminding the viewer of their mortality.  The word ‘vanitas’ is Latin for vanity, or ’emptiness’, and signifies the meaningless of earthly life. The purpose of Vanitas’ […]

STC312888 Britain's Prime Minister signing the Treaty of Peace with Germany in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, June 28th 1919 (sepia print), English School, (20th century) / Private Collection / The Stapleton Collection
Culture, History

Key Figures of World War I

Many different nations were involved in the Great War. It is therefore not surprising that royals and political personalities played significant roles during the conflict. How it all began: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Franz Ferdinand was the nephew of Emperor Franz Joseph and heir to the throne of the […]

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Art, History

What the Dickens?

Illustrator Joseph Clayton Clarke ‘Kyd’ brings many of Charles Dickens’ iconic characters to life  Mr. Micawber ‘David Copperfield’ is the eighth serialised novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1850. Many elements within the novel follow events in Dickens’ own life, and it is probably the most autobiographical of all of his […]

LLE817194 Canadian soldier with a dog 'captured' at Courcelette, Somme, France, World War I (b/w photo) by Canadian Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Canadian soldier with a dog 'captured' at Courcelette, Somme, France, World War I.); © Look and Learn / Elgar Collection; Canadian,  it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories
History

WWI Animal Heroes

We explore the contribution of dogs, horses, kangaroos and more during the Great War effort with images and footage in the Bridgeman archive. Messengers and forms of transport ‘War horses‘ were heavily utilised in World War I transporting supplies and soldiers. Machine guns, however, took them down quickly and hundreds […]