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Image of the Week: Muybridge motion study

This week’s picture is a study of motion by Eadweard Muybridge, from an 1887 collotype. Muybridge began his career as a landscape photographer, but is best known for works like this one: sequential studies of bodies (usually those of animals), illustrating the minutiae of locomotion. The story goes that the first of these photographs was […]

Image of the Week: The Life and Death of Jason, Kelmscott frontispiece

This gorgeous image of the frontispiece of the 1895 Kelmscott Edition of The Life and Death of Jason comes from Morris Online Edition, edited by Florence Boos. Click through to flip through the whole book, browse other editions of the work, and see other supplementary materials.

Image of the Week: View of ruins in New York after fire in 1835

On a bitterly cold December evening in 1835, a fire started in a warehouse on the southeast tip of Manhattan. Strong winds and freezing temperatures worked against New York’s firefighters, resulting in the destruction of the New York Stock Exchange and much of Wall St. before the flames were extinguished the next day. This etching […]

Image of the Week: Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton of Knebworth

In honor of the recent announcement of the 2011 results of The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, the NINES image this week is a portrait of politician, poet, and novelist, Edward Bulwer-Lytton. A prolific writer, Bulwer-Lytton is known today for being eminently quotable: “the pen is mightier than the sword,” for example, or the famous opening words to […]

Image of the Week: the young Charles Dickens

Although we’re accustomed to representations of Dickens in his later years, when he was well-known as a respected author, this jaunty  drawing from the New York Public Library gives us an idea of his appearance as a youth.

Image of the Week: The atelier of Henri Lachambre

This week’s resource is a print from the Library of Congress’ Tissandier Collection, offering us a glimpse into the studio of famed hot-air balloon maker, Henri Lachambre. Elegant ladies sew balloon “envelopes” amidst a menagerie of inflated monsters and effigies in this amazing nineteenth-century atelier. Browse this saved search to see more hot air balloons […]

Photo of the Week: Summit Avenue Ensemble, Atlanta, Georgia

Photographer Thomas E. Askew took this photo of six musicians with their instruments in his home studio on Summit Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. The Library of Congress has identified the sitters from left: the photographer’s twin sons Clarence and Norman Askew, son Arthur Askew, neighbor Jake Sansome, and sons Robert and Walter Askew. This image […]

Photo of the Week: Daguerreotype of San Francisco, c. 1850

This daguerreotype of Portsmouth Square in San Francisco was taken sometime in the early 1850s, most certainly before June 22, 1851. The characteristic hills of San Francisco are remarkably bare and open in contrast to the city today. Here’s a recent 360 degree panorama of the square for comparison. More daguerreotypes like this one can […]