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Temporary National Art Library store closure

The National Art Library Toshiba Gallery Store will be closed from the 30th May 2015 until mid-October 2015. This is so that essential work can take place to ensure that the site continues to provide suitable storage for our collections into the future. Unfortunately this will affect the retrieval of the following pressmarks currently stored […]

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Born on This Day: Ole Worm – collector extraordinaire

worm crop

‘… [your] name and glory is not only renowned among one people and nation, but across the earth, wherever scientific and learned studies are practised and honoured.’ These rather adulatory words were penned to describe today’s ‘born on this day’ star, Ole Worm, the Danish physician, professor, antiquary, and collector extraordinaire born in 1588. As well as […]

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Queer and Now!

queer and now

And so with another unashamedly promotional post, I am back to announce that the line-up for this month’s Friday Late has now been made public! From the fringes of the underground to the drag divas taking over the mainstream, this is a world where pretty much anything can be ‘queered’. Join us as we turn a […]

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Figure Training

Flexura Boots  ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 “From the earliest periods of the world’s history down to the present day it has been found necessary to employ systems of restraint and correction calculated to adapt the unformed and unfashioned figure”. Figure training or art the handmaid of nature by EDM was published in 1870, partly as a vindication of altering the human […]

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National Art Library Christmas Holiday Opening Times

Christmas card with robin motif

    The National Art Library is open as usual today (Tuesday 23rd) from 10.00 to 17.30. After that, we close for a Christmas break until Tuesday 30th December when again, we’re open during normal opening times, 10.00 to 17.30. Readers are asked NOT to submit online requests through the NAL catalogue between 24th and […]

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Every Lady Her Own Drawing Master

Brachycombes by Geoge Brookshaw

One of the main pleasures of taking up a hobby is surely acquiring all the necessary equipment, preferably new, with everything matching and on a professional scale. Women taking up watercolour painting in 1797 obviously felt the same “Every lady who has a taste for painting, furnishes herself with a box of colours, probably eighteen, […]

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Your Affectionate Father John Constable

John Constable

In 1828 John Constable found himself a widower with seven young children. Apart from his own sorrow at the death of his beloved wife Maria, a blow from which he never really recovered, he must also have had to deal with the grief and loss faced by his offspring. As a comparatively well off single […]

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I’m Sure I’ve Seen that Library Before…

(c) Victoria & Albert Museum

Those of you who have used the National Art Library’s reading rooms, or who may even be sitting in them as you read this, will not have failed to notice how beautiful they are.  Built between 1876 and 1884, the reading rooms were one of the show cases of the South Kensington Museum (now V&A), […]

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Rose Frain’s installation This Time in History, What Escapes (2014-1914)

Rose Frain's studio

This Time in History is my overall, continuing art project, so when Elizabeth James, Senior Librarian at the V&A National Art Library invited me to create a small installation to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, I was delighted. A very exciting remit: in the two vitrines on the Library […]

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How to dress like a lady

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‘How to dress on £15 a year as a lady by a lady’ was published by Frederick Warne in 1873. It was one of series of pocket sized “Useful Books” and cost a shilling. In the introduction, a Lady, actually Millicent Whiteside Cook, author of several books on economy, has no illusions about her work […]

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