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  • A Description of Three Hundred Animals

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    What’s your favourite animal? From tigers and leopards to frogs and fleas, this ‘little book’ contains descriptions and ...

  • A Prospect of Whitehaven, Cumbria by Matthias Read

    Painting

    This sweeping view of Whitehaven, Cumbria was painted between 1730 and 1735 by Matthias Read (1669–1747), the ‘father of...

  • An exact view of the inside of the Court of the Pr...

    Etching, Engraving, View

    It was common practice in early modern printmaking to repurpose existing engravings. This print of the inner courtyard o...

  • An illustration of Ganesh

    Image, Manuscript, Illustration

    This is one of 12 miniatures from a manuscript of Hindu rituals and devotional tracts. The manuscript is written in the...

  • Bhagavad Gita, 18th century

    Manuscript

    A finely illustrated manuscript version of the Bhagavad Gītā, one of the most inspiring expressions of Hindu spiritualit...

  • Cushee’s terrestrial globe

    Globe

    Richard Cushee’s (1696–1733) globe is boldly engraved and incorporates much recent detail. Monsoon winds are shown, and ...

  • Devi Mahatmya

    Manuscript

    An illustrated version of the Devī Māhātmya (‘Glorification of the Goddess’), describing the Goddess Durgā’s battle agai...

  • Dutch Baroque gardens

    Book, View, Engraving, Hand colouring

    These views of Dutch country houses and gardens form three volumes of an atlas devoted to the Netherlands. It was put to...

  • Early 18th century Ottoman munseat

    Manuscript

    The İnşā’-i a‘là belongs to a common genre of literature in the Ottoman Empire called münşeat. These works includ...

  • Figure of Mercury found at Colchester

    Pen and ink

    This ink drawing in the King’s Topographical Collection depicts a small statue of the Roman god Mercury found in Colches...

  • Haftarot for Passover

    Manuscript

    The manuscript contains Haftarot (singular Haftarah) for the Passover festival. What is Haftarah? Haftarah is a selected...

  • Jack the Gyant-killer

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Jack the Gyant-Killer is a traditional English folk tale which was a popular subject for chapbooks in the 17th and 18th...

  • Jain diagram Two and a Half Continents, Adhai-dvip...

    Manuscript, Map

    Jains believe the universe is divided in three worlds: the heavens, the middle world and the hells. This is a traditiona...

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object

    This elaborate Jewish marriage-ring has a delicate pattern of twisted gold threads and bright enamel flowers. The ring f...

  • Jonathan Swift's letters to Henrietta Howard

    Manuscript

    This series of entertaining but eventually bitter letters were exchanged between Jonathan Swift and Henrietta Howard, Co...