The Ballroom at Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent. © National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

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Loan offer: pocket portraits

The Museum of Design in Plastics has Esmée Fairbairn Effective Collections funding to lend small groups of artefacts made of horn, a natural plastic. By displaying them in different contexts, it hopes to bring the art and craft of the horner to the attention of people who have not previously considered horn in such a […]

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The People’s Portraits, Girton College Cambridge

In 2000, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters mounted a millennial exhibition entitled People’s Portraits. The idea was to represent ordinary people from all walks of life, and thereby offer a picture of the United Kingdom as it moved from the 20th century into the 21st. The resulting collection is rich in the diversity of […]

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The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme at The Art Fund ongoing

The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants programme has been created to help curators working with fine and applied art collections maintain and develop their specialist knowledge and expertise. It has been established through the auspices of Jonathan Ruffer and Anthony Mould, who share with the Art Fund a belief in the importance of nurturing curatorial skills […]

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The London Letters of Samuel Molyneux, 1712-13

The London Letters of Samuel Molyneux, 1712-13 with an introduction and commentary by Paul Holden, hardback, 168 pp., illustrated in colour and B&W. Publication no 171 (2011), £20. In October 1712 Samuel Molyneux travelled from his native Dublin to be elected Fellow of the Royal Society in London.  During his stay in England he corresponded […]

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New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery of images

New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library’s vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

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Portraits of Actors, Dramatists, Singers and Musicians online

The Portraits of Actors, 1720-1920 database includes almost 3,500 pictures of actors – studio portraits and actors posing in costume for a particular role or performing a scene from a play. Dramatists, theatrical managers, singers and musicians are also included, but the majority are British and American actors who worked between about 1770 and 1893. […]

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