Daniel Milford Cottam

Title: Cataloguer
Department: Word and Image

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Falbalas and Fanfreluches part 3: Fantasy

A third instalment of George Barbier’s illustrations from his luxury collector’s magazine Falbalas et Fanfreluches. This time, the theme is theatricality and general over-the-top extravagance. The images will speak for themselves!            

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George Barbier. “Elle et Lui”. 1921.
E.644-1954

Falbalas and Fanfreluches Part 2: Love Story

This is another instalment of George Barbier’s illustrations from his luxury collector’s magazine Falbalas et Fanfreluches. One of his favourite themes was the interplay between people, with a strong romantic undercurrent. So here are some of Barbier’s prints telling romantic stories – of several varieties!   Love in the autumn…   “The stolen kiss” over […]

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Detail of a sinking ship from E.32-1949

Who Was Wheatcroft?

Whilst cataloguing, I often reflect on the many engravers whose work is now in our store, either anonymous, or signed only with cryptic initials or widespread surnames, and are fated to remain unknown. Only their work remains to silently attest to the skills of these unknown craftsmen and women. I may wish that A.R. (E.126-1941) […]

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George Barbier. “Sérenade,” 1923. Colour process engraving published by Meynial, Paris. E.638-1954

Falbalas and Fanfreluches part 1: Folk Dress

George Barbier (1882-1932) was one of the most highly regarded illustrators of the early 20th century Art Deco movement. His 1910s and 1920s fashion illustrations are among some of the most evocative of their period, and tempered with an unexpected sense of humour and liveliness. Perhaps more successfully than any other fashion illustrator of his […]

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Easter Bonnets

Fancy some last minute inspiration for your Easter Bonnet? These six lithographs come from a series of eighteen of beautiful women in fantastical costumes representing various aspects of Paris. They were created in about 1910 by an artist signing himself simply as ‘Laviny’. We yet don’t know much about him, but he clearly had quite the imagination!

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Weird and Wonderful Wallpapers

“My wallpaper is killing me. One of us will have to go” – Oscar Wilde.Among many other things, the Prints, Drawings and Paintings collection also includes a spectacular selection of wallpapers. This post showcases some of the more striking, unusual and eclectic wall-coverings spanning the late 18th to the late 19th centuries. Click on the images if you would like more information about each one.

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Vivandieres: Part 3

Fortune after Hippolyte Lalaisse, Paris, c.1855. Hand-coloured lithograph.E.2869-1938

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Vivandieres: Part 2

Hand-coloured lithograph by an unknown artist. French, 1850-1870.E.2877-1938

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Vivandieres: Part 1

Hand-coloured lithograph by an unknown artist. French, 1850-1870.E.2872-1938

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