British Printed Images to 1700.

This is a fun database in which to play.  The BPI is a public access site that disseminates printed images from the holdings of two British museum/archives (the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert).  The “browse” formatting is bit trying at times, and there are a few subject categories that contain no images, but these are a minor inconveniences (and ones that are not unexpected in a fledging database).

Some of the images in the “Human Being” and “Society” categories are quite funny — and my, how artists were fascinated with the subject of smoking in those days (the dancing and smoking hunchback is my favourite).

Have fun!

21 July 2009 ~ St. Catharines


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