Views of Ancient Greece as seen in the mid 18th century. Plates from Julien David LeRoy’s 1770 work “Monuments de la Grèce, considérées du côté de l’histoire et l’architecture”. Printed in 1770 in Paris by Louis-François Delatour. Collections of the BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France but the Royal Academy in London has it too. The captioning here is an English translation of the original French and is taken from the Royal Academy website.

“View of some temple fragments, situated in a place in Attica called Thoricion.” 1758. Page II, view 36. French. Julien David LeRoy, artist. Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver. Collections and image BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Art work itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k854533n/f36.item#
“Vue de Temple de Minerve à Athene.” Page IV, View 48. 1758. French. Julien David LeRoy, artist. Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver. Collections and image BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Art work itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k854533n/f48.item#
“View of the Erechtheion, Athens.” Page V, View 52. 1758. French. Julien David LeRoy, artist. Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver. Collections and image BnF Gallica, the digital version of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Art work itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k854533n/f52.item

Plates from the “Cabinet de Peiresc” which has two volumes and was published in Paris in 1620. Antique vases, mostly. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, gallica.bnf.fr.


Antique vases. Page 8r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f19.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc
Vase with a brown ground and polychrome decorations. Page 12r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f27.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#
Page 13r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f29.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom
Antique ceramics modeled as women’s heads, Page 14r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f31.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#
“Alabaster Cochlearia XIIII” Page 15r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f33.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#
Page 16r, Recueil, Cabinet de Peiresc. Numérisation de RESERVE AA-54-FOL. Image source:gallica.bnf.fr / BnF. Collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525058020/f35.item.r=Cabinet%20de%20Peiresc.zoom#

A set of four prints from around 1855 depicting the ascent of Mont-Blanc up in the Alps with at least one mountaineer about to slip into the abyss. Made by George Baxter and based on the sketches of John MacGregor a brave mountaineer who reached the summit. Collections of Harvard University. via the publicdomainreview.org.

“The Glacier du Tacconay.” ca. 1855. Print by George Baxter after a sketch by John MacGregor. Collections of Harvard University. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mont-blanc-ascent
“Leaving the Grands Mulets.” ca. 1855. Print by George Baxter after a sketch by John MacGregor. Collections of Harvard University. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mont-blanc-ascent
“The Mur de la Cote.” ca. 1855. Print by George Baxter after a sketch by John MacGregor. Collections of Harvard University. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mont-blanc-ascent
“The Summit.” ca. 1855. Print by George Baxter after a sketch by John MacGregor. Collections of Harvard University. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mont-blanc-ascent

Do up the sofa cushions so they match the wallpaper. Ideas taken from Christopher Dresser’s 1876 work “Studies in Design” which was published in London. A. Goater, lithographer.

“Ornament somewhat Indian in style; to stand on top of a dado-rail, falling upon a dark maroon wall.” Plate X. Image VIX 1876. British. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/VIX/mode/2up
“Two plates for dadoes, or the walls of small lobbies.” Plate XII, Image XII. 1876. British. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/XII/mode/2up
:”Ornament in the Arabian style, intended to be painted in the centre of a ceiling.” Plate XIII. Image XIII. ” 1876. British. Collections of the Smithsonian Library. Metropolitan New York Library Council, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/Studiesdesign00Dres/page/XIII/mode/2up

The ancient world. Plates from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William. Hamilton His Britannic Majesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples. – Naples.” Commissioned by Hamilton with text by Pierre Francois Hughes, baron d’Hancarville. Printed in Naples. Not sure who did the artwork. Probably Prince Hoare who is mentioned in connection with them by the Royal Academy but he is not on the title page.

“Vulcan presents arms to Thetis.” 1766-1767. British. Plate from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William Hamilton His Britannick Maiesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples.” Archival ID#17/4746. Etching with hand coloring. Commissioned by Hamilton with text written by Pierre-François Hugues, baron d’Hancarville. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/vulcan-presents-arms-to-thetis
“Bearded Dionysus, seated, and Pan, taken from an attic lekythos.” 1766-1767. British. Plate from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William Hamilton His Britannick Maiesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples.” Archival ID#052044. Etching with hand coloring. Commissioned by Hamilton with text written by Pierre-François Hugues, baron d’Hancarville. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/O52044 Credit line: (c) (c) Royal Academy of Arts /
“The Meidias Hydria: The rape of the daughter of Leucippus by the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, attic hydria.” 1766-1767. British. Plate from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William Hamilton His Britannick Maiesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples.” Archival ID#052046. Etching with hand coloring. Commissioned by Hamilton with text written by Pierre-François Hugues, baron d’Hancarville. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/the-meidias-hydria-the-rape-of-the-daughter-of-leucippus-by-the-dioscuri
“Woman’s head with cap, from a Campanian hydria.” 1766-1767. British. Plate from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William Hamilton His Britannick Maiesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples.” Archival ID#052042. Etching with hand coloring. Commissioned by Hamilton with text written by Pierre-François Hugues, baron d’Hancarville. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/colour-plate-of-womans-head-with-cap-from-a-campanian-hydria

Sir William Hamilton was the British ambassador to the court in Naples and collected vases which he thought were Etruscan but turned out to be Greek. At the time there was great interest in antiquity and many experts or sort of experts like the man who Hamilton got to write the text. Not like now with PhD programs and other credentials. Several volumes, dedicated to King George III. These are all in the collections of the Royal Academy in London.

More flower pictures, these being colored etchings done in the 18th century by Magdalena (Maddalena) Bouchard who flourished ca. 1772 to 1793. Daughter of the publisher/bookseller Giovanni Bouchard, she probably worked in Rome.


Germander (Teucrium boeticum): flowering stem.” 1775. Italian. Colored etching by Magdalena Bouchard. Wellcome Collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/bxa4wq32
Waterwort (Elatine sp.): flowering stem.” 1770s. Italian. Colored etching by Magdalena Bouchard. Wellcome Collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/wvdjb7nk
Periwinkle (Vinca sp.): entire sterile plant.” 1772. Italian. Colored etching by Magdalena Bouchard. Wellcome Collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://wellcomecollection.org/works/khvqyfww

The biographical information about Magdelena (Maddalena) Bouchard is taken from her entry on the website of the Royal Academy in London which has more of her lovely flowers. See it and them here https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/name/maddalena-bouchard

Imagery of an India that isn’t coming back, taken from Thomas Daniell’s “Oriental Scenery. Twenty Four Views In Hindoostan” which came out between 1795 and 1807. Collections of the Royal Academy, London.

“The Baolee, at Ramnagur.” 1801. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Drawn by Thomas Daniell and engraved by him and his brother William. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/the-baolee-at-ramnagur
“View from the ruins of the fort of Currah, on the river Ganges.” 1801. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Drawn by Thomas Daniell and engraved by him and his brother William. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/view-from-the-ruins-of-the-fort-of-currah-on-the-river-ganges


“View of Mutura, on the river Jumna.” 1801. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Drawn by Thomas Daniell and engraved by him and his brother William. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/view-of-mutura-on-the-river-jumna

Decor ideas from German professor of ornament Meyer Franz Sales’ “Handbook of ornament; a grammar of art, industrial and architectural designing in all its branches, for practical as well as theoretical use” which came out in 1900.

“The Tassel”. Plate 118, page 189. Collections of and digitalized by Wellesley College. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/handbookoforname1900meye/page/189/mode/1up
“The Fringe and the Valance.” Plate 119, page 191. Collections of and digitalized by Wellesley College. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/handbookoforname1900meye/page/191/mode/1up
“The Foliated Shaft.” Plate 121, page 196. Collections of and digitalized by Wellesley College. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/handbookoforname1900meye/page/196/mode/1up
“The Trapezophoron.” Plate 143, page 233. Collections of and digitalized by Wellesley College. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/handbookoforname1900meye/page/233/mode/1up

Decorate every room in your home in Gothic Revival with no faux pas. Go shopping with “Pugin’s Gothic furniture” put out by Augustus Pugin in 1830 and published by R. Ackermann in London. Pugin did work at the Palace of Westminster, too.

“Group of Gothic Furniture.” Frontispiece. 1830. Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n5/mode/1up
“Decorations and Furniture of a Room.” Title page. 1830. Page 6. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n6/mode/1up
“Horizontal Grand Piano Forte.” 1830. Page 10. Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/puginsgothicfurn00pugi_0/page/n10/mode/1up

More coming.

More selections from “A Portfolio of Fish.” American fish beautifully portrayed by illustrator Miles Rost. From the 1930s. All from the website of archive.org. Collections of the Carlsbad City Library, Carlsbad, California.

“Lake Erie Herring (Leveichthys artedi) Natural size.” Number 77 in “A Portfolio of Fish”. Published in 1935. Rost Miles, illustrator. Collections of the Carlsbad City Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ccarl_000081
“Rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris Rafinesque)”. Number 61 Number 77 in “A Portfolio of Fish”. Published in 1935. Rost Miles, illustrator. Collections of the Carlsbad City Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ccarl_000065
“Marlin”. From “A Portfolio of Fish”. Published in 1935. Rost Miles, illustrator. Collections of the Carlsbad City Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ccarl_000134