Monthly Archives: March 2012

Opium and fabulous gems: India’s importance to the British Empire

Lithograph by Emily Eden showing one of the favourite horses of Maharaja Ranjit Singh with the head officer of his stables and his collection of fabulous j ewels including the Kohinoor diamond marked as number 1   India has been … Continue reading

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Before photography was understood, people gave it supernatural powers

Above: Mary Todd Lincoln with the ghost of her husband. Do you know why all the victims of Jack the Ripper were photographed? At least partially because of an article in the British Journal of Photography which said that the … Continue reading

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