Illustrated London News Vol 56 (page 2/4)

[picture: Micklegate Bar]

Micklegate Bar

“The gates, of which several remain in perfect preservation, and one of which, called the Micklegate Bar, forms the subject of our Engraving, are singularly imposing. The view is taken from the inside [i.e. inside the city walls], and shows the several flights of steps by which the path along the walls is reached, and from which a view over the surrounding country, as well as of the tall chimneys and busy fouondries immediately below, can be obtained. The fronts of these bars or gates, such as the Micklegate, the Monk’s bar, and the Walmgate Bar—the [...] [more...]

[picture: Mr. Charles Dickens's Last Reading.]

Mr. Charles Dickens’s Last Reading.

The woodcut appeared in the Supplement, March 19, 1870 to the Illustrated London News. An accompaanying story noted that Mr. Charles Dickens had been giving public readings, but would no longer do so. He is depiected here as a bearded man standing at a desk, with one hand holding a book [...] [more...]

[picture: The Missing Screw Steamer City of Boston]
[picture: Hornbills]


The Hornbills are a family of birds which inhabit the tropics of Asia and Africa, dwelling in the deepest jungles and forests, and feeding principally upon ripe fruits. They are very remarkable for the large size and curious forms of their beaks, which vary much in the different species, and attain huge proportions in some of them. In most of them, [...]arboreal life. For many years it was supposed to be almost impossible to keep these handsome and attractive birds in a living state in this country [England]. But recently, the proper mode of treatment having been discovered, the Zoologi­cal Society of London has succeeded in intro-­ducing several of the largest and finest species of the group as permanent denizens of the aviaries in Regent’s Park. Amongst those at present in the society’s gardens are particularly noticeable a pair of the large concave-casqued hornbills, which have now been in the collection nearly six years, besides examples of several other ornamental species. To these an important addition has just been made in the shape of three hornbills, of which we now give an Illustration. The large figure in front repre­sents the white-faced male, and the adjoining figure is the black female of the plait-billed hornbill (Buceros Plicatus), while in the back­ground is a figure of a female of the slender hornbill (Buceros Gracilis). These three birds have recently arrived from Sumatra and Malacca, where they were taken as nestlings from the forest-trees in which they were bred last summer. Their bills are consequently not yet fuller [sic] developed, and will attain much larger proportions as the birds grow older. (p. 346) [more...]

[picture: Holy Trinity, York]
[picture: Alms Box, Skipwith]

Alms Box, Skipwith

Leaves from a Sketch-Book. YORK. The Engravings on this page are drawn from various sketches made some time ago in York and its neighbourhood. As their name implies, they are not intended to represent the architectural glories which are the pride of the great county of York, but have been hit off as taste or opportunity suggested—now from an old [...] [more...]

[picture: Door, Skipworth Church]
[picture: Doorway, York]
[picture: Screen in Selby Church]

Screen in Selby Church

“The Abbey of Selbey was founded by William the Conqueror, who richly endowed it, according to some because it was the place where Matilda of Flanders gave birth to Henry Beauclerc, while others state that this event was subsequent to the foundation. [...] It is in the Norman, the Early English, and the Decorated Styles [obviously only the Norman part [...] the central tower and mutliated south transept.” (p. 353) [more...]

[picture: Musical Instruments at the South Kensington Museum: A.---Mountain Horn]

Musical Instruments at the South Kensington Museum: A.—Mountain Horn

“The mountain horn, of wood, bound with brass, is nearly 8ft. long, and is one of those used by the Alpine herdsmen of Switzerland, and likewise in Sweden, to give signals to each other, or to call their cattle together, as well as to [...] [more...]

[picture: Musical Instruments at the South Kensington Museum: B.---Serinette]

Musical Instruments at the South Kensington Museum: B.—Serinette

“The serinette, or French bird-organ, was employed by ladies to teach airs to their little singing-birds, serins or finches; this one is of the seventeenth century, 11 in. by 8 in., made of beech-wood, veneered with satin-wood, and inlaid with marquetry of coloured woods [...] [more...]

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