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Artist Mary Delany was born #onthisday in 1700. Mary Delany’s second husband died in 1768. From this point she lost her enthusiasm for the fashionable pastimes of shell decoration, silhouette portraits and needlework. At the age of 72 she began to imitate flowers in paper collage as an ‘employment a
Born #otd in 1727: Thomas Gainsborough, one of the masters of 18th-century art in Britain
Artist Mary Delany was born #onthisday in 1700. In the autumn of 1772 (at age 72) she wrote to her niece Mary Port: 'I have invented a new way of imitating flowers'. Mary was an English artist with a strong eye for botanical detail and many of her pieces were made using a paper mosaic method. She wo
Artist Mary Delany was born #onthisday in 1700. She began making these 'mosaicks’ at age 72!
Artist Mary Delany was born #onthisday in 1700. Mary Delany began making paper collages, or ‘mosaicks' as she called them, at the age of 72. The idea came to her while staying with her companion, Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, in Buckinghamshire. She had noticed the similarity of colour bet
The journey of an 18ft statue from the bottom of the sea to @britishmuseum: #SunkenCities
Young Friends can enjoy a monumental #SicilyExhibition-themed sleepover at the Museum!
Discover 4,000 years of Sicily's fascinating stories on @googleart #SicilyExhibition
Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder! Here's a portrait of the legendary musician by David Oxtoby
This ancient Egyptian calendar marks lucky and unlucky days – perfect for #Fridaythe13th!
#SunkenCities opens in 1 week! Get a glimpse of some of the objects being installed
Artist and poet Edward Lear was born #onthisday in 1812. These are some of his landscapes
Born #otd in 1828: Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Here he is lamenting the death of his wombat
This @florencemuseum writing case was presented to Florence Nightingale by an adoring public
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Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born #onthisday in 1820 #IND2016
How to make a Celtic torc: watch a new video with European Iron Age Curator Julia Farley
Today the Lacock Cup goes on display @WiltshireMuseum, continuing its tour around the UK
Discover the story of the Lacock Cup, a rare surviving piece of English medieval silver
Born #onthisday in 1824: Jean-Léon Gérôme, a key academic artist in 19th-century France
Katsushika Hokusai, one of the most famous names in Japanese art, died #onthisday in 1849. This print comes from his series Fugaku sanjūrokkei (‘Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji’) made around 1829–1832. The major factor in establishing landscape as a new genre of ukiyo-e print was probably the sudden ava
Hokusai died #onthisday in 1849. These prints are from his series ‘36 views of Mount Fuji’ 🌊
Katsushika Hokusai died #onthisday in 1849. This is perhaps the single most famous of Hokusai's woodblock prints – perhaps of all Japanese prints 🌊 🗻 It belongs to the series Fugaku sanjūrokkei ('Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji'). The graceful snow-clad mountain stands out unperturbed against the deep
The sweet smell of success? Today’s #MysteryObject is a portable incense burner from Iran
Any ideas what today’s #MysteryObject would have been used for?
Katsushika Hokusai died #onthisday in 1849. Hokusai is one of the most famous Japanese artists, and a key figure of the ukiyo-e ('floating world') school. This print is from his series Fugaku sanjūrokkei ('Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji') made around 1829–1832. The major factor in establishing landscap
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