September172014
September22014
maptacular:

Map Lab 400 Years of Beautiful, Historical, and Powerful Globes
To look at an ancient globe is to look at the Earth as it was seen by the people of another time. It reflects their understanding of the continents and seas, and it captures political divisions that have long since shifted. Even the typography and colors of a globe are indicative of the time and place of its origin, says Sylvia Sumira, a London-based conservator of ancient globes.
Often, it’s a thing of remarkable craftsmanship and beauty. “If you go into a room and there’s a globe, your attention is immediately drawn to it,” Sumira said. In her lavishly illustrated new book, Globes: 400 years of exploration, navigation, and power, Sumira traces the history and making of globes and showcases dozens of fine examples drawn largely from the collection of the British Library.”
photo: moon globe made by the artist John Russell, 1797.

maptacular:

Map Lab
400 Years of Beautiful, Historical, and Powerful Globes

To look at an ancient globe is to look at the Earth as it was seen by the people of another time. It reflects their understanding of the continents and seas, and it captures political divisions that have long since shifted. Even the typography and colors of a globe are indicative of the time and place of its origin, says Sylvia Sumira, a London-based conservator of ancient globes.

Often, it’s a thing of remarkable craftsmanship and beauty. “If you go into a room and there’s a globe, your attention is immediately drawn to it,” Sumira said. In her lavishly illustrated new bookGlobes: 400 years of exploration, navigation, and power, Sumira traces the history and making of globes and showcases dozens of fine examples drawn largely from the collection of the British Library.”

photo: moon globe made by the artist John Russell, 1797.

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August312014

peashooter85:

Flintlock key gun, 18th century.

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August82014
May262014
hadrian6:

Night Eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 1786. Jacob More. British 1740-1793. oil/canvas.
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hadrian6:

Night Eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 1786. Jacob More. British 1740-1793. oil/canvas.

http://hadrian6.tumblr.com

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May112014

humanoidhistory:

Astronomical illustrations from Atlas Coelestis, 1700, by John Seller.

(Source: atlascoelestis.com, via historicaltimes)

March262014
aleyma:

John Kelly, Harp (clairseach), 1734 (source).

aleyma:

John Kelly, Harp (clairseach), 1734 (source).

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December242013
theearofvangogh:

Silence [1799 - 1801]
Henry Fuseli [1741 - 1825]

theearofvangogh:

Silence [1799 - 1801]

Henry Fuseli [1741 - 1825]

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December212013

and-also-lace:

And then there are ones like this that are just too fancy to be allowed. 

The Victoria and Albert Museum says:

Viols were bowed instruments ranging from treble to bass, but by about 1780 they had been superceded by the violin and cello. However, this bass viol belonged to John Cawse (1779-1862), one of the earliest pioneers in the revival of Early Music. The body may have been made by Joachim Tielke (1641-1719), but the neck, fingerboard and tailpiece date from the mid 1720s. Cawse lent his instrument to be played in the Concert of Ancient Music at Windsor Castle, an event organized by Prince Albert (1819-1861) in 1845 and perhaps the first of its kind. Despite what was then a highly unusual enthusiasm, Prince Albert felt compelled to make economies in the Royal Household and abolish the obsolete post of Royal Lutenist at about this time.

(Source: buttons-beads-lace, via pianolin)

September82013

messytimetravel:

1700:
Costumes by Nicolas de Larmessin II
Source: Ptak Science Books / British Museum via La Boite Verte / io9

August312013

viα lilith-et-adaliaMarie Antoinette’s Last Letter Stained By Her Tears

16th October, 4.30 A.M.

It is to you, my sister, that I write for the last time. I have just been condemned, not to a shameful death, for such is only for criminals, but to go and rejoin your brother. Innocent like him, I hope to show the same firmness in my last moments. I am calm, as one is when one’s conscience reproaches one with nothing. I feel profound sorrow in leaving my poor children: you know that I only lived for them and for you, my good and tender sister. Read More

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August302013
August142013
thedoriandays:

The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1781)

thedoriandays:

The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1781)

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August122013
centuriespast:

Francesco Bertos
Italian, active c.1693—1739
Allegorical Group of Victory Supported by Valor, 1700/10
Art Institute Chicago

centuriespast:

Francesco Bertos

Italian, active c.1693—1739

Allegorical Group of Victory Supported by Valor, 1700/10

Art Institute Chicago

April302013
mitresquaremurder:

A General History of the Pyrates, 1724

I really, really want to read what this 18th century account has to say about Mary Read & Anne Bonny…

mitresquaremurder:

A General History of the Pyrates, 1724

I really, really want to read what this 18th century account has to say about Mary Read & Anne Bonny…

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