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Colour by Numbers: Contemporary Japanese prints in the Visual Arts Collection

Shinobazu no Ike

La version française suit By Isabelle Chartier, Collections Administrator, Visual Arts Collection Printmaking is, traditionally, a colourless medium: black ink transferred onto white paper. Adding colour to prints is a slow and laborious process, at odds with the very essence

Content Warning: This Library Contains Colourful Language

A scene from God’s love to wicked little Joseph (circa 1840). The title character, “indeed a very wicked boy”, develops a penchant for outbursts of colourful language. By page 16, the boy is dead, apparently smote for his wicked tongue. PN970 A4 G6 1832. Sheila R. Bourke Collection.

La version française suit By Elis Ing, Liaison Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections “Pray, Goody, please to moderate the rancour of your tongue” (Pray Goody, ca. 1820). Colourful language makes many people uncomfortable. Profane, blasphemous or crude words are

The Colourful Journey of George Mercer Dawson

Kookany Pass, British Columbia. George Mercer Dawson. 1882? McGill University Archives. Dawson-Harrington families fonds.

La version française suit By Frédéric Giuliano, Archivist, McGill University Archives “The times were rife with great men making great strides, but in truth, I felt like one of those frogs in my adolescent poem, most certainly the younger, lifted

Jacques Fabien Gautier’s colourful life in printmaking

Gautier Dagoty, & Du Verney, M.. Essai d'anatomie: En tableaux imprimé…Paris, 1745. https://mcgill.on.worldcat.org/oclc/6315093

La version française suit By Mary Yearl, Head Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty (1716-1785) was a man whose life was full of colour. Today he is best known for the spectacular works he

Can You Spot It?: Solving Visual Puzzles with Timeless Riddles

Detail Lewis Carroll Rebus

By Leehu Sigler “Too many riddles weigh men down on earth. We must solve as we can, and try to keep a dry skin in the water.”[1] ― The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky Timeless Riddles is back with some more puzzling

McGill @Expo 67

  Fifty-two years ago this month, Expo 67 – the 1967 International and Universal Exposition, opened its doors to the public. Expo was situated on two islands in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River, in view of downtown Montreal. More than

Révolution! Le mouvement McGill français a maintenant 50 ans

  McGill français!  McGill au peuple!  Ces slogans sont lancés en force d’une foule imposante de manifestants. Partis du carré Saint-Louis, les quelque 10 000 manifestants se heurtent à un barrage tout aussi imposant de près de 500 policiers et agents

Mickey Mouse Comes to McGill

Disney’s most memorable cartoon characters have come to McGill’s Visual Arts Collection. A new acquisition of Disney material, donated by long-time supporter of the Collection, Dr. Joanne Jepson (M.D.C.M. ’59), includes a multitude of sketch prints and celluloid images that

The Recipes Project : Library Chat at the Osler

B.O. 53, Assyrian Medical Tablet. Containing such advice as, “‘the emerald plant’ in best beer thou shalt give him to drink,” This Assyrian medical tablet from ca. 700 B.C.E. provides recipes to treat an unnamed eye disease.

Welcome to a guest edition of Library Matters! This week’s blog is brought to you by Dr. Sarah Kernan of The Recipes Project. Dr. Kernan is an independent culinary historian who holds a Ph.D. in medieval history from The Ohio

Women in the Driver’s Seat

A handbook for all women who motor or who want to motor…  by Dorothy Levitt Advice for Women in Cars: –“Regarding coats—there is nothing like a thick frieze, homespun, or tweed, lined with Jaeger or fur. The former has the advantage of being lighter

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