By Brandon Walsh on August 19, 2013
This image of the week comes to us from The Yellow Nineties Online. Aubrey Beardsley’s illustration here graced the front cover of volume 3 of The Yellow Book: An Illustrated Quarterly, published on October 3, 1894.
By Brandon Walsh on August 12, 2013
Radiolab recently re-aired an episode that featured this 1855 photo from the LOC’s collection of Roger Fenton’s Crimean War photographs. As the Radiolab post describes, “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” is at the center of ongoing debates about “truth” and photography. Was the photograph staged? Did Fenton move the cannonballs onto the road?
By Dana Wheeles on January 31, 2013
This sheet music for ”I come! I come!” by J. Z. Hesser came with a “portrait” of Queen Victoria, which seems to be distantly descended from George Hayter’s state portrait.
By Dana Wheeles on December 24, 2012
By Dana Wheeles on November 29, 2012
From the Pageant of America collection at the New York Public Library, NINES offers this glimpse into the study of Fireside Poet John Greenleaf Whittier, and the “Desk upon which Snow-Bound and other poems were written.”
By Emma Schlosser on November 7, 2012
Here is an illuminated page from a 1910 edition of Shelley’s lesser known poem “The Sensitive Plant.” This ornate (and perhaps a bit ostentatious) illustration of Shelley’s non-canonical poem reminds us of the value once attached to literature now overlooked. Courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.
By Dana Wheeles on October 31, 2012
Happy Halloween from all of us at NINES! Enjoy more spooky results in NINES.
By Dana Wheeles on October 17, 2012
From the Forget Me Not annual in 1831 comes this engraving by Henry Chawner Shenton (after a painting by Alexander Chisholm) which depicts a cobbler at home, surrounded by his family. One supposes that the title comes from the moment illustrated, in which the cobbler negotiates the price of a figurine from a peddler passing [...]
By Elizabeth Fox on October 3, 2012
In honor of the SGA @ UVa team’s forthcoming work on Mary Shelley’s manuscript of Frankenstein, this week’s image features T. P. Cooke in the role of the monster. His performance not only pleased Shelley herself, but also helped to set the tone for future melodramatic adaptations of her work. This image comes to us [...]
By Sarah Storti on September 26, 2012
These precious children are using box cameras, first developed in the nineteenth century. The image comes from the Frances Benjamin Johnston collection, part of the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. You can search for more images in the Library of Congress’s collections via NINES!