The British Library publishes more than a million public domain images

Yes, more than 1,000,000 images! You can get it in a steady stream via the The Mechanical Curator, a Tumblr blog which hourly posts randomly selected small illustrations and ornamentations. Or you can dive into their Flickr photo-ocean — I know that Flickr calls it a photostream, but in this case it’s an ocean. It’s organized by album (e.g., musical instruments, architecture, children’s books, cycling, technology, ships …).

Jehan Froissart, Chroniques - caption: 'The Peasants' Revolt in England in 1381. The scene of conflict and the death of Wat Tyler, leader of the peasants by the sword.' ID: c13647-28 Title: Jehan Froissart, Chroniques Author: "Froissart, Jehan (Jehan Froissart)" Provenance: Netherlands Caption: The Peasants' Revolt in England in 1381. The scene of conflict and the death of Wat Tyler, leader of the peasants by the sword. Notes: Jehan Froissart, Chroniques Netherlands, S.; Last quarter of the 15th century, before 1483
Jehan Froissart, Chroniques – caption: ‘The Peasants’ Revolt in England in 1381. The scene of conflict and the death of Wat Tyler, leader of the peasants by the sword.’
ID: c13647-28
Title: Jehan Froissart, Chroniques
Author: “Froissart, Jehan (Jehan Froissart)”
Provenance: Netherlands
Caption: The Peasants’ Revolt in England in 1381. The scene of conflict and the death of Wat Tyler, leader of the peasants by the sword.
Notes: Jehan Froissart, Chroniques
Netherlands, S.; Last quarter of the 15th century, before 1483

The search function is not as helpful as it could be — keywords such as “batarde”, “manuscript book”, and “Netherlands” failed to turn up this image. I found it, instead, by scrolling through the album entitled “Images Online: a selection“.

Still, what an incredible resource!

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