Tag Archives: Great Britain

1821: In Life the Firmest Friend

From a letter written by Percy Bysshe Shelley to Thomas Love Peacock, August 1821: Lord Byron gets up at two. I get up, quite contrary to my usual custom…at twelve. After breakfast, we sit talking till six. From six till … Continue reading

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1620: History of Rainbows

The 1620 edition of Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum contains a plan for a collective work containing all world knowledge “made to the scale of the universe”: For the world is not to be circumscribed within the narrow confines of the … Continue reading

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1970: Knots

A selection from R. D. Laing’s Knots (1970). Here is another: Mother loves me because she is good I am bad, to think she is bad therefore if I am good she is good and loves me because I am … Continue reading

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1932: Sunset

Charles Ernest Butler: Sunset at Low Tide, Westcliff on Sea (1932)

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1871: Some Have Entertained Angels Unawares

Edward Clifford: Some Have Entertained Angels Unawares (1871) Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. —Hebrews 13:2

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1821: After Rain

John Constable: Evening Landscape after Rain (c. 1821)

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2106: Transitional Object

In 2016, Cornelia Parker installed this replica of the house from Hitchcock’s Psycho on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city. It’s made from repurposed wood from a red barn; the title of the work … Continue reading

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