The “Tuscan.” A short account of a Violin by Stradivari. Made for Cosimo III de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Dated 1690. THIS remarkable instrument, one of the finest examples of Stradivari’s work, is probably unique in the preservation, in every detail, of the original beauty of its form and workmanship.
Belle Époque. Portrait of a Lady by Giovanni Boldini at l’Exposition universelle de Paris, 1889.
Photo of “London Nomads” – Gypsies around the steps of a caravan. The group includes William Hampton and Mary Pradd, taken at Battersea by John Thomson.
Waverley appeared in 1814 and is considered the first British historical novel. The materials are Highland feudalism, military bravery, and description of natural scenery.
The suffering of the young Werther is regarded as the key novel of the Sturm and Drang (literally “storm and drive”). It developed into “the first bestseller of German literature”.
Amoy Women. The Small Foot of a Chinese Lady. Bound and unbound feet of two Amoy women. Male and Female Costume, Amoy.
Yuen-fu Monastery Cave, Fukien province, China. THIS Buddhist monastery is remarkable rather for its romantic situation than for any historical associations. Illustrations of China and its people by John Thomson.
Guangji Bridge (Chaozhou). Kwangtung province, China around 1870. Illustrations of China and its people by John Thomson.
The one shown here stands on the right bank of the Han river, near Chao-chow-fu, and, like all the best examples of such edifices, the whole ground structure up to the first story is composed of stone.
In almost all Buddhist monasteries, may be seen a bell, which is tolled by the monks morning and evening. These regular tollings comprise a series of 108 strokes. This number 108 represents: