Willow-herb (Epilobium sp.): flowering stem with separate rootstock, floral segment and seed. Coloured etching by M. Bouchard, 1778.
An ornate vase and pedestal with a young soldier courting a woman carved in relief on the side. Etching by J. Schynvoet, c. 1701, after S. Schynvoet.
Plates illustrating the voyage of the Beagle. from the Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the Southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe /
Stonehenge, England: the straightening of a leaning stone which is attached to a wooden frame and supported by beams: raised upright. Photograph, 1901.
Pulsatilla vulgaris Mill. Ranunculaceae. Pasque flower. Distribution: Europe. Lindley (1838) and Woodville (1790) knew this as Anemone pulsatilla, the common name being Pasque (Easter) Flower. At the end of the 18th century it was recommended for blindness, cataracts, syphilis, strokes and much more, treatments which, as was clear to physicians at the time, were valueless. Gerard (1633) writes: ‘They serve only for the adorning of gardens and garlands, being floures of great beauty’. It is in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, all members of which are poisonous. It was recommended, by mouth, for ‘obstinate case of taenia’ (tapeworms). One hopes it was more toxic to the worm than the patient. Flowers with a central disc and radiating florets were regarded as being good for eye complaints under the Doctrine of Signatures. Porta (1588) writes (translated): ‘Argemone [Papaver argemone], and anemone, have flowers of this shape, from this they cure ulcers and cloudiness of the cornea’. There were occupational diseases even before there were words like pneumoconiosis, and Lindley writes that ‘the powder of the root causes itching of the eyes, colic and vomiting, if in pulverising it the operator do not avoid the fine dust which is driven up.’ Photographed in the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians, London.
Anatomie des parties de la génération de l'homme et de la femme ... jointe a l'angéologie de tout le corps humain, e a ce qui concerne la grossesse et les accouchemens
Elaborately carved and inlaid wooden reliquary chest containing relics of several saints, Spanish (?) 18th century. Full straight on view. Black background.
Tincroft tin mine, near Camborne, Cornwall: two miners at work in a mine shaft. Photograph by J. C. Burrow, 1890/1910.
A letter to Dr. Smelle [sic] shewing the impropriety of his new-invented wooden forceps; as also the absurdity of his method of teaching and practising midwifry / By William Douglas ...
Crimean War, Balaklava: embarkation of the sick. Coloured lithograph by E. Morin, 1855, after W. Simpson.
Bones of three species of bird: tinamus, sand grouse and partridge (?). Lithograph by J. Erxleben, 1840/1860?
People walking around inside a belfry, looking at the bells and striking mechanism. Wood engraving by T. Heaviside after B. Sly.
Top left, soldier crab; top centre, soldier crab out of its shell; centre left, hermit crab; centre right, hermit crab out of its shell; bottom, land crab. Coloured etching by J. Chapman, 12 July 1800.