Category Archives: Gallery

Pierre Loti | drawings

The Frenchman’s journeys and preoccupations can be read just as readily in these images as in his books.

Pierre Loti | drawings

The Frenchman’s journeys and preoccupations can be read just as readily in these images as in his books.

Lady Ottoline Morrell | photographic portraits

Her photographs, pasted into albums and never intended for a wide audience, nonetheless bear eloquent witness to a life lived in fine company

Lady Ottoline Morrell | photographic portraits

Her photographs, pasted into albums and never intended for a wide audience, nonetheless bear eloquent witness to a life lived in fine company

Pierre-Louis Pierson | overpainted photographs of Castiglione

Among the Met’s huge collection of Pierson-Castiglione images are works produced throughout the 1860s that are sometimes unrecognisable as photographs, so transformed are they by uncredited touch-up artists.

Pierre-Louis Pierson | overpainted photographs of Castiglione

Among the Met’s huge collection of Pierson-Castiglione images are works produced throughout the 1860s that are sometimes unrecognisable as photographs, so transformed are they by uncredited touch-up artists.

Oliver Byrne | geometric diagrams

Nowhere is the author’s amazingly modern sense of data presentation more apparent than when contrasted with the period decorative capitals used throughout the book.

Oliver Byrne | geometric diagrams

Nowhere is the author’s amazingly modern sense of data presentation more apparent than when contrasted with the period decorative capitals used throughout the book.

Rex Whistler | book designs

Whistler was one of the most talented of the Bright Young Things, an artist and designer who transformed the raw material of life into something magical and theatrical, informed as much by the 18th century as the 20th.

Rex Whistler | book designs

Whistler was one of the most talented of the Bright Young Things, an artist and designer who transformed the raw material of life into something magical and theatrical, informed as much by the 18th century as the 20th.

Jacques-Émile Blanche | portraits

Many of these portraits are currently on display in the exhibition Du côté de chez Jacques-Émile Blanche at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

Jacques-Émile Blanche | portraits

Many of these portraits are currently on display in the exhibition Du côté de chez Jacques-Émile Blanche at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

Various | Jugend 1896

The magazine Jugend (“Youth”) was established in 1896 as a “Munich illustrated weekly of art and life”.

Various | Jugend 1896

The magazine Jugend (“Youth”) was established in 1896 as a “Munich illustrated weekly of art and life”.

Various | Fearless Nadia posters

Fearless Nadia’s films, in which she invariably appeared as a righteous, scrappy avenger, were marketed with posters whose colour palette and graphic sophistication expanded over her three-decade career to match the increasing production values of the films.

Various | Fearless Nadia posters

Fearless Nadia’s films, in which she invariably appeared as a righteous, scrappy avenger, were marketed with posters whose colour palette and graphic sophistication expanded over her three-decade career to match the increasing production values of the films.

Various | Das Leben des Menschen

The human body as an aquarium, a pickled organ presented like a Damien Hirst shark, and a schematic representation of Nietzsche’s insanity…

Various | Das Leben des Menschen

The human body as an aquarium, a pickled organ presented like a Damien Hirst shark, and a schematic representation of Nietzsche’s insanity…

Franziska zu Reventlow | artworks

The fragments of her artistic output which survive are a modest yet intriguing glimpse into a highly unconventional life.

Franziska zu Reventlow | artworks

The fragments of her artistic output which survive are a modest yet intriguing glimpse into a highly unconventional life.

Franz von Stuck | graphic work

Stuck produced a design for the Olympic Games which were scheduled to take place in 1916 in Berlin but were abandoned due to the First World War.

Franz von Stuck | graphic work

Stuck produced a design for the Olympic Games which were scheduled to take place in 1916 in Berlin but were abandoned due to the First World War.

Matoloni | therapy diagrams

The most fun you can have with your clothes on.

Matoloni | therapy diagrams

The most fun you can have with your clothes on.

Félicien Rops | late etchings

There’s no denying the power of his enchantingly sulphurous, ecstatically blasphemous, morbidly obscene and (particularly early on) surprisingly sentimental works.

Félicien Rops | late etchings

There’s no denying the power of his enchantingly sulphurous, ecstatically blasphemous, morbidly obscene and (particularly early on) surprisingly sentimental works.

Else Lasker-Schüler | Theben

Lasker-Schüler’s images present a romanticised Near East where stars of David nestle harmoniously with crescent moons.

Else Lasker-Schüler | Theben

Lasker-Schüler’s images present a romanticised Near East where stars of David nestle harmoniously with crescent moons.

Daniel Schmid | inspirations

One of the most appealing elements of Schmid’s book A Smuggler’s Life is a set of hand-coloured postcards, whose subjects range from the Tokyo subway to whirling dervishes.

Daniel Schmid | inspirations

One of the most appealing elements of Schmid’s book A Smuggler’s Life is a set of hand-coloured postcards, whose subjects range from the Tokyo subway to whirling dervishes.

Kaspar Hauser | original artworks

One lesser known fact about Kaspar Hauser is that he was an accomplished amateur artist. In fact the use of drawing and painting to “civilize” the foundling constitutes an early example of art therapy.

Kaspar Hauser | original artworks

One lesser known fact about Kaspar Hauser is that he was an accomplished amateur artist. In fact the use of drawing and painting to “civilize” the foundling constitutes an early example of art therapy.

Kaspar Hauser | contemporary depictions

These images were all produced within his lifetime, from his first appearance to his death a few years later. Even here there is a wide range of interpretation; within the same year he is depicted as both a defenceless urchin and a confident young man.

Kaspar Hauser | contemporary depictions

These images were all produced within his lifetime, from his first appearance to his death a few years later. Even here there is a wide range of interpretation; within the same year he is depicted as both a defenceless urchin and a confident young man.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach | The South, 1937

Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s most famous journeys took her East, but in 1937 she travelled through the southern states of the US, still suffering from the Depression and divided by segregation.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach | The South, 1937

Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s most famous journeys took her East, but in 1937 she travelled through the southern states of the US, still suffering from the Depression and divided by segregation.

Chung Ling Soo | posters

Magician Chung Ling Soo, actually an American named William Robinson, was born on this day in 1861. But it was the other end of his life in 1918 for which he is better known, when he was killed in a bullet-catching trick gone horribly wrong.

Chung Ling Soo | posters

Magician Chung Ling Soo, actually an American named William Robinson, was born on this day in 1861. But it was the other end of his life in 1918 for which he is better known, when he was killed in a bullet-catching trick gone horribly wrong.