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All the world and half a dozen lemons

18 June 2019

A guest post by Lauren Working Letter from Thomas Wood to Richard Bagot, 10 October 1576, Folger MS L.a.987 (click for zoomable version) Thomas Wood’s 1576 letter to Richard Bagot...

Portrait of a Young African Woman

11 June 2019

A Guest Post by Alicia Meyer The Folger Shakespeare Library houses three etchings of African diasporic people by Wenceslaus Hollar. While we may never know the identities of the figures...

Drawn by Hayman, etched by Gravelot, preserved in Folger ART Vol. b7

4 June 2019

For the June 2019 “Crocodile Mystery” we asked you to spot the differences between these two pictures: Frontispiece illustration for Two Gentlemen of Verona from Thomas...

“What manner o’thing is your crocodile?”: June 2019

28 May 2019

Last month’s Crocodile Mystery asked you to name what the images had in common. This month we ask the opposite: what’s different? How many differences can you spot? Click...