The Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck (c.1390-c.1441), 1430-3
Gothic Art. Belgium. 15th Century. The Ghent Altarpiece, also known as The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb or The Lamb of God. Early Flemish polyptych panel painting. Commisioned from Hubert van Eyck (1385/90-1426) and executed by his brother Jan van Eyck (c.1390-c.1441), 1430-32. Open view. Detail. Lower left panel. Just Judges and the Knights of Christ. Oil on oak. Saint Bavo Cathedral. Ghent.
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Notebook and wig of Justice Hawkins
A notebook and wig once belonging to the English Judge, Justice Hawkins (Henry Hawkins, 1st Baron Brampton), given to Horatio William Bottomley, Liberal MP, following an unsuccessful prosecution for fraud. According to Bottomley, Justice Hawkins shook his hand, said he was the ablest advocate he had ever listened to, and handed him the notebook and wig. The entry in the notebook is dated 1893, and contains the names of Horatio Bottomley, Sir Henry Isaacs, Joseph Isaacs and Charles Dollman -- all directors of a company called the Hansard Publishing Union, which failed, owing money to its shareholders and investors. Bottomley made several court appearances as a defendant in libel and fraud cases, and frequently acted for himself. He was also a financier, swindler, journalist and newspaper proprietor. He founded the Financial Times and the magazine John Bull. In 1912 he was forced into bankruptcy, which meant that he had to leave parliament.
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The Fairys Dilemma by W. S. Gilbert
The Fairys Dilemma by W. S. Gilbert. First produced at the Garrick Theatre, on 3rd May 1904. The main characters are shown as themselves and as transformed by the Fairy Rosebud into characters of the Harlequinade. Col. Sir Trevor Mauleverer Bart. into a Clown. Lady Angela Wealdstone, posing as Nurse Collins, into Columbine. The Rev. Aloysius Parfitt into Harlequin, and Mr Justice Whortle into Pantaloon. Touring to the Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, on 19th December 1904. Presented by Mr Arthur Boucrchier's Company. Date: 1904
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