Mary Evans Collection of the Week Ė Scraps
The historical specialist photo library has an outstanding collection of scrapbooks, especially covering the Victorian Era.
The phenomenon of the scrap book or album dates back to the eighteenth century, but the craze really took hold during the Victorian era when compiling albums of pictures, sketches and paintings along with cards, sentimental verse and prose, became a widely embraced hobby among well-to-do young ladies. To feed this craze, from the mid-1860s, manufacturers of colourful scraps provided a constant supply of material for pasting into albums, and even adorning furniture or keepsake boxes in the decoupage style.
Scraps cover an incredible range of subjects, from the imaginary or mythical, to historical people and events, and are not only visually appealing but when viewed as a whole, reveal a rich material record of past daily lives.
Victorian scraps were one of the earliest areas of collecting by Mary and Hilary Evans, and they have some excellent quality examples from the nineteenth century. Building on this foundation, their representation of various ephemera collections, notably that of David Pearson, means they now have thousands of incredible scraps to browse through on our website varying from the more traditional floral, angelic or Christmas themes to some that verge on the bizarre. Monkeys, clowns and jugglers; Charles Dickens and Alfred Tennyson; royal coronations and Charlie Chaplin, street traders, emergency services and military battles, pince nez and polo, aristocrats and alphabets; all of these, and much more, have been printed scraps.
Mary Evans think scraps have vast potential whether for book covers, cards, stationery, Monty Python-inspired animations, web and e-marketing or even clothing. Whether youíve a scrap of an idea, or simply need to glue your concept together, may they present to you an edited procession of over 400 papery delights to get ístuckí into?
As always, do get in touch with Mary Evans if you have any questions or require research. You can contact them either by phone on 020 8318 0034 or via email sent to email@example.com
OTTO Features New Designer Homes
The architecture specialist libraryís latest newsletter showcases a number of very attractive dwellings in a variety of styles
Betty Gertz’s Antique-Style Dallas Home
Photographer: Bj?rn Wallander
Architect/Designer: Axel Vervoordt
Client: Architectural Digest, Location: Dallas, Texas, USA.
More architectural images: click here.
Website: OTTO Archive
4Corners Images - Isles of Scilly
Landscape photographer Robert Birkby has captured the lovely Isles of Scilly for 4Corners, a popular UK holiday destination with a character all of its own.
Thirty miles off Cornwallís Landís End on Englandís southwest coast, the Scilly Isles are the UKís smallest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Robertís shots reveal the charm of the Scillies.
Take a little time to appreciate the islandsí special climate and the delightfully unhurried pace of Scilly life captured in this latest set of images. Or you can view all 4Corners pictures of the Scilly Isles here.
Picture credit: United Kingdom, England, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Boat at low tide, St Martinís island ©Robert Birkby / 4Corners Images.
More Great Images from Minden Pictures
Over the last few months, NaturePL have added more than 2500 new images from the Minden Pictures collection to their website.
They’ve created a new Minden highlights gallery with more than 200 of the stand-out images, to show the strength in depth of this collection, which they represent in the UK.
Some of the notable subjects included are Suzi Eszterhas’ intimate coverage of a mother leopard and her cubs, a fantastic range of North American landscapes from Jeff Foott and Tim Fitzharris, ring-tailed lemurs in action from Cyril Ruoso and Ralph Pace’s intriguing coverage on marine turtles, including nesting and research. You’ll also find pikas, turkeys, muriquis, Przewalski’s horses and some extraordinary rainforest insects.
Read lots more about this remarkable collection and the fascinating stories behind some of the pictures in their latest blog post.
If you’d like more information or wish to license any of these images (which are available with world rights to UK clients) please email them or call on 0117 911 4675.
Photo © Suzi Eszterhas / Minden / naturepl.com.
Ardea Cute Image of the Month - Kittens
This month animal, pets and environment specialist Ardea couldn’t resist showing you a few of their Persian kittens. These little balls of fluff, or as they call them snuggle-ups, are perfect to cosy-up to on a winter’s night, or indeed, any night.
You’ll find plenty in this lightbox if you fancy a bit more cuteness and want a curated selection perfect for merchandising and editorial use, but if Persians are not your thing, you can simply search on our website using the word cute to find something else to make you go "Aaah!"
Please feel free to search and create your own lightboxes at www.ardea.com. They are always happy to assist with picture research - they have access to large collections of images which are not online so if you can’t find what you are looking for do get in touch.