Elegant, Refined, and Subtle: The Ring Ouzel

A taxidermy case of a Ring Ouzel by J. Cullingford of DurhamMackinnon Fine Furniture Collection This very fine taxidermy case of a Ring Ouzel (Turdus Torquatus) is by J. Cullingford of Durham. The Cullingford firm was active in the late 19th century.   It was run by Joseph Cullingford, who became Curator of the University Museum, … Continue reading Elegant, Refined, and Subtle: The Ring Ouzel

A Night at the Museum: Antique Taxidermy

Taxidermy, the preservation of an animal's body by stuffing or mounting it, has been around for centuries and is used for the purpose of display and study.  The word derives from the Greek words 'taxis,' meaning to move, and 'derma,' meaning skin. The golden age of taxidermy was during the Victorian era when collectors would … Continue reading A Night at the Museum: Antique Taxidermy

Thomas Henry Wyatt’s New Liverpool Exchange

Today we are focusing on an impressive picture by Thomas Henry Wyatt of the New Exchange building in Liverpool.  Exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878, the size and virtuoso draftsmanship of the present watercolour must make it one of the most dramatic and impressive drawings by a Victorian architect to have survived. … Continue reading Thomas Henry Wyatt’s New Liverpool Exchange