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ID number:  BIRBI-98.4
Title / Object name:  Crouching Woman (Kauernde)
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Print
Artist / Maker:  Schiele, Egon (1890-1918)
Place made:  Vienna
Date made:  1914

A crouching woman contorts her body to gaze upon the viewer. Her limbs bristle and her back is scarred with a network of hatched lines. The loose material scrunched around her torso highlights her nakedness from the waist down and increases the sense of exposure and vulnerability. Schiele was a major figure in the avant-garde Austrian Expressionist movement. However, his highly erotic and visceral depictions of the nude were considered hugely offensive by the general public. In 1911 he was imprisoned for several weeks on charges of pornography and corruption.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-A0229
Title / Object name:  Portrait of William Withering
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  after von Breda, Carl Frederik (1759-1818)
Date made:  1792 (modern copy)

In this three quarter length portrait, the sitter holds a foxglove. William Withering was not only a generous physician, setting up clinics for the poor, but was also a pioneering botanist, undertaking research into the healing qualities of the foxglove. He produced a landmark work in the field of botany in 1776, 'A Botanical Arrangement of All the Vegetables Naturally Growing in Great Britain'. He moved to Birmingham in 1775 and became an active member of the Lunar Society, an organisation to involve the people of Birmingham in its improvement, and in the application of science.
The Swedish artist Carl Frederik von Breda, in London from 1792 to 1796, had been educated at the Royal Academy in Stockholm before moving to Britain in 1781 where he was taught by Sir Joshua Reynolds. He set up a studio in London where he painted portraits until he returned to Stockholm in 1796. This is a copy by Gunnar Ekblom of the original in the National Museum in Stockholm, painted in 1792.   [More Info]

ID number:  ECM 808
Title / Object name:  Faience Bowl
Object type:  Vessel

Blue faience bowl, ring base, flaring sides, double everted rim   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRUG 22849
Title / Object name:  Haliotis (Pallodus) Emma Gray
Category:  Recent
Object type:  Gastropod

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ID number:  BIRBI-R0101
Title / Object name:  Victoriatus
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Roman Republic; Rome
Place made:  Rome
Date made:  after 211BC

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter, facing right. Border of dots. Reverse: Victory facing right, crowning a trophy; in exergue, ROMA. Line border.   [More Info]