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Sketches of Egypt and the Nile

The NMM has recently published online watercolours by nonsense poet Edward Lear, who is remembered best for his work The Owl and the Pussycat. The drawings capture scenes of ancient ruins and Nile vessels hard at work, which could fit perfectly with views of modern Egypt. It is very tempting…

Conrad Martens: The second voyage of the HMS ‘Beagle’

Conrad Martens, Mount Sarmiento, Tierra del Fuego, Showing ‘Beagle’ (PAF6229) If, like me, you’ve enjoyed reading about Darwin recently then you’ll know that this year marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. But you may not…