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Chaucer scholars have generally settled on April 17, 1387, as the date his pilgrims departed for Canterbury. 

Here is a gallery of fifteenth-century illustrations from the Ellesmere manuscript of The Canterbury Tales.


okay but hear me out here

*clears throat*

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Things that make me cringe: people holding a skull prop and reciting the “to be or not to be” monologue

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Robe à la Française


Women with coquettish airs were imposing in robes à la française and robes à l’anglaise throughout the period between 1720 and 1780. The robe à la française was derived from the loose negligee sacque dress of the earlier part of the century, which was pleated from the shoulders at the front at the back. The silhouette, composed of a funnel-shaped bust feeding into wide rectangular skirts, was inspired by Spanish designs of the previous century and allowed for expansive amounts of textiles with delicate Rococo curvilinear decoration. The wide skirts, which were often open at the front to expose a highly decorated underskirt, were supported by panniers created from padding and hoops of different materials such as cane, baleen or metal. The robes à la française are renowned for the beauty of their textiles, the cut of the back employing box pleats and skirt decorations, known as robings, which showed endless imagination and variety.

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Sol Lewitt - Incomplete Open Cubes (sculptures & studies, 1974)

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My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043
Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com


World’s first emoticon, 1648


So, I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan. I was inspired by seeing Kate Beaton’s ASOIAF art yesterday (Ygritte! Beric Dondarrion!), and had a nice discussion about George R.R. Martin’s awesomely varied lady characters. I haven’t drawn any ASOIAF art lately, but I thought I’d collect my previous pieces in a handy bundle right here:

- The disturbingly nondescript Leech Lord, Roose Bolton.

-Brienne of Tarth— powerhouse lady-knight!

-An early morning in King’s Landing with Sansa.

-Jon Snow & Ghost beyond the wall!

(I’ve also drawn a Khal Drogo, but it’s not my favorite, so I’m not including it!)

It’s a bummer that we’ll probably be waiting a while for the rest of the books to come out, but you can bet this isn’t the last batch of ASOIAF art you’ll be seeing from me.

Who’s excited for the start of the second season on HBO next weekend??


The Vatican’s Precious Manuscripts Go Online

Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time.

Read more on WSJ

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Farhad Moshiri - Fire of Joy (2012)

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Inigo Aragon - Contemporary Altars (2012)

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Isabelle Cornaro - Reproductions (2012)

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