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Black History Month: ‘Portrait of an African’.

...(and Europe) around the time this painting was made. Sancho and Equiano, like another former enslaved African, Ottobagh Cuguano (1757 – after 1791), were well known for their contributions to...

Cawsand and Penlee

William Payne was brought up in Plymouth but moved to London in 1790 where he became a successful drawing master. However, he remained interested in coastal subjects and in later...

Hafted adze

Ground black basalt head set into a wooden haft with coconut fibre bindings, some missing. Used in carving wood for houses, canoes and other large items. Probably collected by...

Magic Lantern Slide: Post Office, 1791

This image is from a collection created by Mr WA Walburn of ‘Heavytree’ Exeter. The lecture comprises photographs of book plates, historic maps and other illustrations, and tells the history...