The Steps of Life

Selection of images illustrating on the idea that one’s life can be thought of as divisible into distinct stages….more

Life and Death Contrasted (ca.1770)

A striking image from the British engraver and publisher Valentine Green, illustrating the idea that life, with all its frivolity and distractions (symbolised by th…more

Decayed Daguerreotypes

A selection of images from the Library of Congress of decaying daguerreotypes whose photographic fixing was far from permanent – like the people they captured the i…more

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described by John of Patmos in his Book of Revelations, the last book of the New Testament. The chapter tells of a “‘book’, …more

The Brain of Charles Babbage (1909)

Plates from a “Description of the Brain of Mr. Charles Babbage, F.R.S” published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1909)….more

The Beatus of Facundus (1047)

In the 8th century, in a monastery in the mountains of northern Spain, 700 years after the Book of Revelation was written, a monk named Beatus set down to illustrat…more