Tag: animals

Footage: Animals in the Archive

Posted by Published on December 6, 2019

“…Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” — George Eliot Humanity’s relationship with animals is long and complex. Today, Animals are involved in our lives in a wide selection of ways. Some of us can’t go without a canine companion, while others prefer the company of cats. Animals are involved in exploration and travel – from the Soviet space dogs to riding on…

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Muybridge In Motion

Posted by Published on July 2, 2019

Eadweard Muybridge (9th April 1830 – 8th May 1904) was a pioneering photographer and inventor. Known worldwide for his contributions to art (with several technological patents to his name) his work was a forerunner to motion picture making in the days before flexible film strips. His most famous works are his photographs of horses in motion, the first of which proved to stunned press that at…

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Mark Adlington A Memory of Elephants John Martin Gallery: 13 – 29 September 2018 38 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JG Mon – Fri 10-6, Saturday 10-1:30 “This exhibition is called “A Memory of Elephants” after their collective noun but unusually, most of the paintings are of individuals. Age, gender, size, beauty, character, eccentricity, boldness, or the lack of it, defined each elephant I was lucky…

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“A snake, am I? Perhaps you’d like to see how ssssnakelike I CAN BE” – Jafar     The history of The World’s Greatest Dog Show has had its Eastenders moments – the poison scandal of 2015, the streaker of 2010, the time that dog did a poo, most years. But the 2018 Crufts finale was a classic: in protest at the canine eugenics of pedigree breeding,…

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Chinese New Year 2018: The Dog

Posted by Published on August 9, 2017

Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year as it’s also known, will take place on the 16th of February 2018 and will honour the 11th Zodiac sign, the Dog. It is regarded as the ‘Spring Festival’ in modern Mainland China and is the country’s most important traditional festival. The date has great importance worldwide as hundreds of thousands of people gather to wish each other good fortune and health for…

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Giddy Up! The Horse in Art

Posted by Published on May 30, 2017

The horse in Anglo-Saxon mythology is an extremely significant symbol. ‘Horsa’ – from which we derive the modern word ‘horse’ – was the semi-mythological leader of the Anglo-Saxons who landed near Ebbsfleet, on the Isle of Thanet in the 6th century and so the white horse became the symbol of Kent.  In ancient times these figures would be made by revealing the underlying chalk. There…

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WWI Animal Heroes

Posted by Published on May 24, 2017

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 upon thousands of horses were lost over the course of the Great War. Dogs, thanks…

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So What’s The Deal With: Owls

Posted by Published on May 22, 2017

So What’s The Deal With: Owls Illustrated by what are, IMHO, Bridgeman’s top ten owls. The first time I met an owl was on a Groupon thing somewhere in a home county. I got up super early and got on a train and gave a man my voucher and then I got to meet an owl. I learned a lot of things very quickly: 10….

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Cute Animals

Posted by Published on March 8, 2017

Pets are a great way to beat the blues, offering unconditional love and companionship. No furry-legged friend? Well, your next best bet is a specially curated gallery of adorable pups, cute cubs and curious kittens from the whole spectrum of art history and beyond, sure to warm the cockles of even the hardest heart. See a few of my favourites below; from the mythical animals…

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Animals that Changed History

Posted by Published on March 6, 2017

As Footage Manager I get to watch and catalogue all manner of unusual and varied historical footage, making me well placed to find the right pieces of footage for the right projects. One of our recent (and less specific) requests had me looking for footage of “animals that changed history”. I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes at first, expecting to find one tenuously relevant…

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