2016 is a leap year, meaning that February gains an extra day. This occurs every four years and is due to the solar system’s disparity with the Gregorian Calendar. Leap years are special, not only for the added date for your diary, but also because the tables of tradition turn for most countries and women may propose to men. Check out these humorous 20th century postcards showing predatory women…

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In a packed out boardroom at the Bridgeman offices in West London, the prominent Archive Producer, of Senna and Amy fame no less, led a merry and informal discussion into the foggy world of fair dealing. Organised by FOCAL International (Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries), hosted by Bridgeman Images, and led by Paul Bell, it was a perfect combination of researchers and archive heads, getting together…

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Released at the end of last year, this compelling film gives an interesting inside view of the life of Peggy Guggenheim, an extraordinary woman who considers the discovery of Jackson Pollock as her first achievement and her collection as the second.  Jackson Pollock, c.1955 (detail), American Photographer, (20th century) / Bridgeman Images The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is composed of masterworks of Cubism, Futurism, European Abstractionism, Metaphysical Painting,…

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10 orphans from literature

Posted by Published on February 9, 2016

The exhibition ‘Drawing on Childhood‘ is currently on display at The Foundling Museum and encompasses the work of key illustrators from the 18th century to the present day, depicting images of fictional characters who are orphaned, adopted, fostered or found. A long time favourite theme in European folklore and fiction these orphaned children find themselves without any parental guidance and are therefore able to carve…

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Flower Power Prints

Posted by Published on February 5, 2016

National Floral Design Day is coming up on the 28th February and so to put a spring in your step for the upcoming season and get your ideas in bloom, check out these contemporary flower prints: Nina Shirokova     Giovanni Cafagna Irina Trofimova      Anna Platts Daisy de Villeneuve     Sally Maltby     Louisa Hereford     Catch us at Spring…

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Making of: Best Book Cover Art of 2015

Posted by Published on February 3, 2016

Here is our annual feature highlighting how images licensed from the Bridgeman archive were adapted for some of the best book covers of 2015. Which is your favourite? From top: © The Folio Society;  Ms 6 f.243 Battle of Agincourt, 1415 (detail), English with Flemish illuminations, from the ‘St. Alban’s Chronicle’ (vellum), English School / © Lambeth Palace Library, London, UK / Bridgeman Images   From top:  © Albrecht…

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Top Art Exhibitions: February 2016

Posted by Published on February 1, 2016

This February, take a journey to all the exciting exhibitions taking place in the art world *flying fish not required: John Bratby: Everything but the Kitchen Sink, Including the Kitchen Sink Jerwood Gallery, East Sussex, UK 30 Jan – 17 Apr 2016 Jean and Still Life in Front of a Window, John Bratby (1928-92) / Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire, UK / John Bratby Estate by…

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Love on Film

Posted by Published on January 30, 2016

Yes, it’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is soon approaching and though some may relish in a day of exchanging romantic gifts with that special someone, the rest could find themselves glued to Tinder with Ben&Jerry’s for company… However fear not, Valentine’s Day isn’t just reserved for the head over heels couples. Our Footage Manager Holly Webster has put together lightboxes of clips portraying not just romantic,…

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The extraordinary story of how one man’s vision and perseverance improved the lives of the most vulnerable, and the unexpected artistic and musical benefits of his philanthropy. Early Georgian London London in the first decades of the 18th century was just the City, Westminster and Southwark, with Kew Palace accessible by river. Fields lay north of Oxford Street and the villages of Marylebone and Knightsbridge…

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Degas + Copeland…Crazy / Beautiful

Posted by Published on January 23, 2016

What happens when you combine one of the greatest painters of our time with one of the greatest dancers of our time?  This. Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty March 26–July 24, 2016 Who says you can’t start your dancing career at the ripe age of 13? Misty Copeland has defied stereotype after stereotype, pushing boundaries that stretch far beyond the methodical and calculated world…

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