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  • A General System of Surgery

    Book, Illustration, Image

    Medical knowledge improved steadily during the 18th century owing to a better understanding of human physiology, assiste...

  • Advertisements for TiddyDoll the famous ‘Gingerbre...

    Advertisement, Ephemera, Illustration, Image

    These advertisements from the middle of the 18th century highlight the popularity of ready-to-eat street food (as seen b...

  • 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...

  • Eight Prospects of Derbyshire and Staffordshire

    Etching, Engraving Created date: 1743

    Held in the King’s Topographical Collection, Eight of the most Extraordinary Prospects... (1743) was Thomas Smith of Der...

  • Frontispiece to William Stukeley's Palæographia Br...

    Book, Engraving

    This engraving – showing the Roman god Mithras killing a bull – was used as the frontispiece to the third book of Willia...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Laurence Sterne's holy orders

    Manuscript Created date: 1736–1760

    The first volumes of Tristram Shandy were printed anonymously in York in 1759, but it soon emerged that the writer of t...

  • Marriage A-la-Mode: The Settlement, by William Hog...

    Painting, Image

    Marriage A-la-Mode is a series of six satirical paintings by William Hogarth that warn against the upper-class practice...

  • Monument of King John in Worcester Cathedral

    Book, Illustration Created date: 1743

    John’s tomb, in the choir of Worcester Cathedral, includes the earliest royal effigy in England. Unusually, John holds a...