Monthly Archives October 2012

Guy Fawkes

Guido Fawkes and his associates, engraving published by G Smeeton of St Martin’s Lane, London. Collection no 5286a This image shows the conspirators who tried to blow up Parliament in 1605. It includes not only Guy Fawkes, but also Thomas Winter, Robert Catesby, Thomas Percy,
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Middlesex smallpox hospital poster

Inquiry into the proposal to acquire a Middlesex smallpox hospital, 20 September 1906. This poster has survived amongst Layton collection and may well have been part of his working papers. It symbolises the ambition of local authorities in the Victorian and Edwardian to provide public
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Auction Catalogue 26 May 1914

Auctioneer’s catalogue for a sale at Layton’s home on 26 May 1914 arranged by Allan Booth and Dampney. The lots include furnishing and household items, but also oil paintings, watercolours and some antiquities. Download the catalogue as a PDF.
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Sale Catalogue 9 June 1914

Cover of one of the sale catalogues which included objects rejected when Fred Turner, the Brentford Librarian, made his selection frpm Layton’s collection.Download the catalogue as a PDF.
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London Fire

Fire in London, coloured aquatint by J Bluck from an original by Rowlandson & Pugin, published 1 September 1808 at Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, 101 Strand, London. Layton collection no 957d A strong image of a London event, showing the fire that destroyed the Albion
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Silver radiate coin AD 249 – 251

A silver radiate coin of Empress Herennia Etruscilla, wife of Trajan Decius, ruler of the Roman Empire, AD 249-251. The back of the coin depicts Pudicitia, the female personification of modesty and chastity. This coin was minted in Rome, Italy, AD 249-251.
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Silver Denarius

A silver denarius coin of Emperor Hadrian, ruler of the Roman Empire, AD 117-138. The back of the coin may depict Concordia, the Roman goddess of understanding and marital harmony. The coin was minted in Rome between AD 119 and 122. Thomas Layton had an
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Shadwell sham, 19th century

A ‘Shadwell Sham’, made by William Smith and Charles Eaton. Museum of London object N2382 These two notorious Victorian forgers worked in Shadwell, specialising in fake mediaeval pilgrim badges and small bronze figurines which they passed off through auction houses. They fooled many scholars. Layton’s
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