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  • Broadside ballad in 'Praise of Nothing'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration

    This 17th-century ballad called ‘The Praise of Nothing’ takes on the paradoxical task of making something out of nothing...

  • Broadside ballad on the Cruel Shrew

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The cruel ‘shrew’, as depicted in this ballad, was a sexist stereotype in 16th- and 17th-century England. At that time, ...

  • Description of the Jewish Ghetto and the courtesan...

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image, Letter, Manuscript

    This quirky and intriguing book, Coryate’s Crudities (1611), is the record of one man’s journey from Odcombe in Somerset...

  • Engraving of Plato

    Print, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is an image of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (c.429 –347 BC), whose text The Symposium informs the themes of ...

  • Friendship album of Gervasius Fabricius zu Kleshei...

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image

    These are illustrations from the friendship album of the student Gervasius Fabricius zu Klesheim of Salzburg, and others...

  • Friendship album of Moyses Walens

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image

    This vibrantly colourful, multilingual book is the friendship album collected by Moyses Walens, a young man from the Ger...

  • Inigo Jones designs for masque costumes

    Manuscript, Watercolour, Illustration, Image

    Masques were hugely popular as extravagant courtly entertainments in the reign of James I and VI. These two risqu&eacut...

  • Lift-the-flap picture of a gondola in the friendsh...

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image

    This wonderfully witty painting gives us a voyeuristic glimpse of a romantic scene on a gondola in 16th-century Venice....

  • Raga Poorvi

    Illustration, Image, Gouache, Album

    This 'Ragmala' dates from the 17th century. It has 36 pages of Ragas – melodies of Indian music – illustrated with paint...

  • Travelling players in the friendship album of Fran...

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image

    This miniature watercolour painting of travelling players may be a depiction of an English acting troupe, c. 1605–06. It...

  • View of London in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is a contemporary image of the London in which Shakespeare lived and worked for much of his life. As we can see, it...

  • View of Messina in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This beautifully hand-coloured view of 16th-century Messina (or ‘Messana’) shows a large port city at the north-eastern ...

  • View of Venice in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is a beautifully hand-coloured view of 16th-century Venice – the setting for two of Shakespeare’s plays, The Mercha...

  • View of Verona in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This image shows a bird’s-eye view of the city of Verona, in what is now Northern Italy. It illustrates some of the hist...

  • View of Vienna in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Illustration, Engraving, Image

    This is a hand-coloured view of 16th-century Vienna – the setting for Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. The view is pa...