The Wellcome Library announced on Monday its plan to release over 100,000 images from its collection of treasures – all in the Public Domain! [CC-BY = please give credit to the Wellcome Library when using any image]
One fine example:
A pretty barmaid drawing beer. Coloured lithograph, c. 1825.
Published: Tregear London (123, Cheapside); Printed: Dean & Manday, lithographers [London]
Image credit: the Wellcome Library, London
A quick search brings up nothing “Jane Austen” – but as you imagine there are nearly 300 Rowlandson prints – here is one to bring to mind summer while more than half the country is in a deep-freeze:
L0017751 – Venus’s Bathing (Margate) – A woman diving off a bathing wagon in to the sea
Hand-coloured etching 1790 By: Thomas Rowlandson
Image Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Further exploring: [endless enjoyment!]
Wellcome Collection website: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/
Wellcome Library images website: http://wellcomeimages.org/
The Public Domain Review essay on this announcement: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/01/20/selection-from-wellcome-librarys-release-of-100k-openly-licensed-images/
I already kill so much time at your wonderful blog. I’m having mixed emotions about the image release. Gone to look because I am weak! : D
The voluptuous young lady diving into the sea is just about to make one hell of a splash. The fish will literally leap out of the water.
If I was instructing her I would tell her to extend her arms,lead with her chin, keep her hips forward and extend her legs held together with toes pointed. A graceful dive would be achieved with a minimum splash circle.
But this …..!!!!Ha! ha!
There is amusement here and not offensive of woman diving off a bathing wagon into the sea????Perplexed to say the least, if not understood.
No intention to be offensive – it is just one of Rowlandson’s more famous images from the period and one of the first that came up when I searched his name – apologies if you were put off by it…
Suele771, I do apologise. I made a mistake.
I said she she should lead with her chin. A terrible suggestion.. She should have tucked her chin into a her chest and the top of her head needs to point at the water between her extended arms and hands. both firmly held against her ears.
It is a number of years since I taught a diving style..
The point is to make as little splash as possible and enter the water smoothly and elegantly.
Surely you must agree that in this picture she is entering the water in the most inelegant style imaginable?
Thanks Deb for making this collection known. I’ll definitely be bookmarking the site & visiting often!