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New Humanist: Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

It is like a scene from a Hayao Miyazaki anime: a French WWI pilot, gliding down at twilight over enemy lines, finds himself surrounded by a flock of swifts seemingly motionless in the air. They are asleep on the wing, so close by he might reach out and...
From: Mathew Lyons on 30 Nov 2020

New Humanist: An Indifference of Birds by Richard Smyth

Every winter, white storks – so elegant in the air, so rickety on land – make the long flight south from Europe to what we assume to be ancestral wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa. At least, that’s what most of them do. These days there’s...
From: Mathew Lyons on 18 Jul 2020

Wordsworth, Shakespeare and nature in time of crisis

Kingfisher on the Avon April 2020 7 April 2020 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Wordsworth. Since most of the world entered into lockdown, short walks have become our only distraction, and we have been taking more notice of the natural...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 7 Apr 2020

Sewing Birds.

Sewing Birds & Sewing Clamps.The Monmouth Museum is home to one of North America's largest collections of 18th and 19th century sewing clamps also known as sewing birds. Sewing clamps were used in the 18th century to attach one end of a piece of cloth...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 15 Sep 2019

[Album of etchings by the Ingram sisters]

A volume of etchings by three daughters of art collector John Ingram 1767-1841) of Staindrop Hall in County Durham — Elizabeth Christian Ingram (1795-), Caroline Ingram (1800-1819), and Augusta Isabella Ingram (1802-) — who were living in...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 22 May 2019

Guns & Stalking Horses.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 27 Nov 2018

Casting of birdshot and fowling lead balls. Diderot.

Plate I: Casting of Birdshot, Water Casting Plate II: Casting of Birdshot, Water Casting Plate III: Casting of Birdshot, Mold Casting;cc=did;rgn=main;view=text;idno=did2222.0001.496
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 9 Sep 2017

Stone the crows, says Henry VIII

As our non-elected national leader presses on towards a future in which she forces legislation through using Henry VIII’s 500 year old form of government by proclamation - somehow not repealed in the half-millennium since - Early Modern Whale presents...
From: Early Modern Whale on 29 Mar 2017

Thomas Bewick’s snowman

Here in Lincolnshire in the English Midlands, we’re yet to see any real snow this winter and it’s beginning to look a little unlikely now. Certainly, we have not yet been able to build a snowman so, while we wait for a good snowfall, today...
From: All Things Georgian on 2 Feb 2017

How to Serve a Flaming Bird, c. 1465

Musée du Petit-Palais L.Dut.456, f. 86v (15th c.) How to Dress a Peacock With All Its Feathers, So That When Cooked, It Appears To Be Alive and Spews Fire From Its Beak     How to dress a peacock so that it appears to be alive:...
From: Ask the Past on 22 Nov 2016

Enough to make an angel swear

A fashionably dressed young woman, adorned with feathers, is attacked by flocks of birds on the lawn of an estate. Another young woman flees towards the door of the house in the distance. Printmaker: Seymour, Robert, 1798-1836, printmaker. Title: Enough...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 15 Aug 2016

The wheelwright of Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire

Wollaton Hall, situated in parkland close to the city of Nottingham in the English midlands, dates from the Elizabethan period. It is now home to Nottingham’s natural history museum. Wollaton Hall and Park, Nottinghamshire c.1697 by Jan SiberechtsYale...
From: All Things Georgian on 23 Jun 2016

Shakespeare’s swans

Over the past few weeks my husband Richard has been keeping an eye on a pair of swans, nesting just downstream of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratfordians are quite protective of their swans, not least because of their connection to Shakespeare,...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 28 May 2016

The sweet birds, O, how they sing!

A swallow at Mary Arden’s House Standing on the aptly-named Swallow Point, a promontory overlooking the Bristol Channel a week or so ago with some local birdwatchers, I was reminded what an exciting time this is for wildlife. They noted how many...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 15 Apr 2015

How to Carry Objects While Swimming, 1595

"To carrie any thing drie over the water in his hands. This is onely done by swimming upon his backe, and strayning himselfe to lye straight with his body, so that he holde his armes straight up, which will else force him to bend his bodie, and so he...
From: Ask the Past on 5 Aug 2014

Birds, birds, birds! I just cannot get enough of illustrations...

Birds, birds, birds! I just cannot get enough of illustrations of our avian friends, or as one engraving calls them as a group, “Volatiles.” These scientific engravings come from various 18th-century books documenting exploratory voyages around the...

Birds in colonial British America & Early Republic paintings

Birds in colonial British America & Early Republic paintings: Birds in early American paintings (1700s). I am all about the birds in paintings this morning.

necspenecmetu: Nicola Cassisa, Still Life of Flowers with Birds...

necspenecmetu: Nicola Cassisa, Still Life of Flowers with Birds beside an Ornate Sculpted Fountain, 18th century More spectacularly colored birds in 18th-century paintings … So gorgeous.

stilllifequickheart: Michel Garnier Elegant Lady Looking at...

stilllifequickheart: Michel Garnier Elegant Lady Looking at Miniature Portrait 18th century

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