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  • A drawn view of the back of Whitehall

    Watercolour, Pen and ink, View Created date: c. 1778-80

    Watercolour views by James Miller have been classified in different ways in different collections. His works are include...

  • A Grammar of the Bengal Language

    Printed book

    Written in 1778 by Nathaniel Brassey Halhead and printed in Hoogly, A Grammar of the Bengal Language constitutes the fir...

  • A view of the Roaring River Estate, Jamaica

    Engraving, Etching, View

    Life for slaves working on sugar plantations in Jamaica and the West Indies was brutal and unrelenting. Yet this view sh...

  • 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...

  • An Inland View at Waimea, Atooi

    Watercolour Created date: 1778

    Captain Cook's ships arrived at the Hawai‘ian islands in January 1778, and are believed to have been the first from Euro...

  • Appreciation of Tristram Shandy by Cambridge gradu...

    Manuscript, Letter, Image, Illustration Created date: 1760–1789

    Tristram Shandy caused a sensation almost as soon as the first two volumes were published in December 1759. The author ...

  • Article about the burial of the dead in London fro...

    Newspaper, Ephemera

    Though the problems of poor sewage, overcrowding and dangerous water supplies represented primary public health issues i...

  • 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...

  • Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire

    Etching, Engraving, Aquatint, View

    Replication was part of topographical art and publishing: an example of an image by Paul Sandby being reused in differen...

  • Correspondence between Frances Burney and the publ...

    Manuscript, Letter Created date: 1770‒1838

    When Frances Burney (1752–1840) first published her novel Evelina, she did so in strictest secrecy, concealing both her...

  • Dastan-i Mirac

    Manuscript Created date: late 18th–early 19th century

    The Dastan- ı Miraç, is the story of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) ascent to heaven. The text is recited in many ...

  • 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...

  • Dinner on Pinnacle Island

    Watercolour, Monochrome wash Created date: 1778

    Samuel Hieronymus Grimm made his living accompanying well-to-do patrons on their travels around England in the late 18th...

  • Drawings of England by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm

    Pen and ink, Wash, Watercolour, View Created date: 1770-90

    Grimm traversed the country recording ‘everything curious’ for Sir Richard Kaye in the late 18th century. The five drawi...

  • Elevation and plan of a proposed arch at Hyde Park...

    Architectural drawing, Pen and ink, Monochrome wash Created date: 1778

    This design from the King’s Topographical Collection is one of two by Robert Adam who, in 1778, proposed a triumphal arc...