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Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
This weekend the world will turn green, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Monday 17th March. We here in the Word and Image Department have donned our shamrocks and found the best examples of ephemera associated with the Emerald Isle in our collection to share with you today.Life of St. Patrick, Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1852-1936. Museum no. E.4886-1968. © Victoria and Albert Museum,...
Author: Anna White (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
Humans have depicted rabbits and hares for thousands of years. Rabbit-like creatures feature in 7,500-year-old rock paintings found in Baja California; they are also prevalent in ancient Egyptian paintings and are often found on Grecian urns.The Museum’s Prints, Drawings and Paintings Collection contains an array of images of rabbits and hares covering many of these creatures’ natural...
Author: Brittany Harbidge (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
It’s here. The tastiest, most delicious celebration of the year.Pancake Day.Also named ‘Mardi Gras,’ ‘Fat Tuesday,’ and ‘Shrove Tuesday,’ this celebration happens the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. As well as reminding us all once a year how much we love pancakes (before we promptly forget they exist until next year), it is intended to...
Author: Cathrin Yarnell (Cataloguer - Word and Image Department)
The start of Crufts at the end of this week seemed like the perfect excuse to search the Prints, Drawings, and Paintings collection for a selection of works featuring the nation’s most popular pet. Sadly, I couldn’t find any images of dogs playing flyball or competing in heelwork to music (doggy dancing, that is), but I’m pleased to say that there is a wealth of artwork...