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Two paintings discovered in archive

...to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. This included an important archive – a copy of her slides, her art books, her television notes, various water colour paintings and portraits. It......was going through this archive that a surprise discovery was made; two water colour paintings of scenes in Nigeria that had been produced by Ben Enwonwu and dated 1949-51. Ben......of Ife in Nigeria. He retired in 1975 and passed away in Lagos in February 1994. He remains remembered for his passion of art and the preservation of artworks in...

Water mains cover

This cast iron stop-cock cover was placed in a pavement to allow access to domestic water supplies from Exeter City Water. It is thought to have been made by Garton...

Bowl and cover

This bowl and cover was created by Robert Fishley in 1844. Robert was born in 1808, the second son of George Fishley. George Fishley established a long lasting dynasty of potters,...

Cushion cover

Bark cloth comes from the fibres of a tree’s inner bark. In Uganda the Mutaba tree is preferred as it produces a favourable deep red colour. This patched cushion cover...

Communion cup and cover

This communion cup was created by Richard Hilliard. Father of the renowned Elizabethan portrait miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard, Richard was a highly skilled craftsman himself. He worked within a community of...

Woven cover

The flax tapore would have covered a hangi or cooking pit which was a traditional cooking method using heated rocks....

Cover for cow horn

This silver alloy cover depicts the head of the god Shiva with a cobra headdress. Hindus believe that cows are sacred animals, and this item was made to adorn the...

Water stick insect: water bug

This specimen was collected somewhere in Britain by F. Milton and was donated to the Museum in 1866. Water stick insects are not true stick insects (order Phasmida) and are...