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  • 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, ...

  • 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 Created date: 1595–1637

    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 Created date: 1605–15

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

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

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image Created date: 1582–1612

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

  • Map of Illyria

    Map, Image

    This map is a contemporary image of Illyria, the fictional location of the action in Twelfth Night. At the beginning of...

  • Map of Juan Fernández in William Hack's South Sea ...

    Map, Image, Manuscript Created date: 1584-1684

    In the late 17th century, the South Seas were plagued by English buccaneers who plundered merchant ships for treasure. S...

  • Portrait of Richard Burbage

    Painting, Image Created date: early 17th century

    This is the only known portrait of Richard Burbage (1568–1619), the leading actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Company, and...

  • Portrait of the Moorish Ambassador to Queen Elizab...

    Painting, Image Created date: c. 1600

    This imposing oil painting shows the Moroccan Ambassador who visited London in late 1600. Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud ben...

  • Raga Poorvi

    Illustration, Image, Gouache, Album Created date: 17th century

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

  • The Bellman of London by Thomas Dekker, 1608

    Book, Quarto, Illustration, Image

    Thomas Dekker (c. 1572–1632) was an English dramatist and pamphleteer. In 1608 he published his most popular tract, The ...

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

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image Created date: 1597–1617

    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...