Hand-coloured printed lithograph entitled Lilac, lithographed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel (1789-1850) after an original by Valentine Bartholomew (1799-1879). From Bartholomew's 'A Selection of Flowers Adapted Principally for Students', published in London by R. Ackermann in 1821-1822. Bartholomew's book includes 36 hand-coloured lithographs and is one of the first works to employ lithography for botanical illustration. Plate .
Knight's scarlet fleshed Strawberry
Watercolour on paper by Augusta Innes Withers of Knight's scarlet fleshed Strawberry. This is taken from one of ten volumes known as 'Hooker's Fruits' commissioned by the RHS to help standardise the nomenclature of cultivated fruit. After William Hooker suffered a stroke Withers was one of several artists appointed to complete the paintings. Withers was flower painter to Queen Adelaide and Queen Victoria as well as illustrating works by John Lindley and James Bateman. This painting is dated 1825.
Soyuz docking mission, news reports, 1969
Front-page Western news reports on the Soviet Soyuz docking mission of January 1969, the first time two manned spacecraft had docked. The two spacecraft, Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5, docked on 16th January 1969. Two of the crew members on Soyuz 5 (Aleksei Yeliseyev and Yevgeny Khrunov) transferred by space walking to Soyuz 4 and landed with its commander, Vladimir Shatalov. Soyuz 5 was landed separately by its commander, Boris Volynov. Shatalov is at lower centre, while Yeliseyev, Volynov and Khrunov are at centre (left to right). An artwork of the spacecraft is at centre left, with a photograph at top.
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