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  • A Description of Three Hundred Animals

    Book, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    This beautiful book provides written descriptions and illustrations for each of the 300 animals it describes. These rang...

  • A Prospect of Whitehaven, Cumbria by Matthias Read

    Painting Created date: c. 1730–35

    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 Created date: 1706-39

    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 Created date: c. 18th century

    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 Created date: 18th century

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

  • Devi Mahatmya

    Manuscript Created date: 18th century

    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 Created date: Early 18th century

    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 Created date: before 1726?

    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 Created date: 1700–1799

    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 Created date: 18th century

    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 Created date: 16th–19th century

    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 Created date: 1723–1735

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

  • Letters from John Gay to Jonathan Swift about The ...

    Manuscript, Letter Created date: 1711‒1738

    These letters record the friendship between two of the most celebrated authors of the 18th century – John Gay and Jonath...