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1904: Discarded Treasures

John Frederick Peto: Discarded Treasures (c. 1904) At some point, someone added the forged signature “W M”—for the popular trompe l’oeil painter William Harnett (1848-1892)—to this painting by John Frederic Peto. In the 1940’s, however, it was observed that paintings … Continue reading

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1846: The System According to the Holy Scriptures

The Muggletonians were a radical Protestant sect that originated in the seventeenth century when London tailors John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton announced themselves as the prophets foretold in the Book of Revelation. Along with Diggers, Ranters, and Levellers, Muggletonians comprised … Continue reading

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1928: Holiday in Bangkok

    Map, frontispiece, and cover of the Royal State Railways’s Guide to Bangkok with Notes on Siam (1928); the frontispiece shows Wat Arun at night.  

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1844: The Bridge of Infinities

J. J. Grandville: The Bridge of Infinities, an illustration from Un Autre Monde (1844)

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1550: Le Petit Lorrain

Ambroise Paré’s designed this mechanical hand—which he named “Le Petit Lorrain” — in the 1550’s for a French Army captain. The thumb is stationary, but a mechanical lever operates the other fingers.  This illustration is taken from a 1663 edition … Continue reading

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13th Century: Brother Wolf

OF THE MOST HOLY MIRACLE OF ST FRANCIS IN TAMING THE FIERCE WOLF OF GUBBIO At the time when St Francis was living in the city of Gubbio, a large wolf appeared in the neighbourhood, so terrible and so fierce, … Continue reading

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1671: The Latest and Most Accurate

John Ogilby: America- Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World (1671); the book is an English translation of Arnold Montanus’s De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld. The title of this plate is “Viztlipuztli idolum Mexicanorum” —The Mexicans’ … Continue reading

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