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ID number:  BIRBI-2005.5
Title / Object name:  Ramsau
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Fearnley, Thomas (1802-1842)
Place made:  Ramsau
Date made:  1832

Though English in ancestry, Fearnley was born in Norway and is among its greatest nineteenth-century artists. A specialist in plein-air landscapes, done directly out of doors, he perfected a broad and fluid technique which permitted him to work rapidly. This crystalline view of the mountains and village of Ramsau in south Germany was painted on a brief visit to the region in September 1832, when Fearnley was en route to Italy. In its astonishing clarity, freshness, and compositional poise, it demonstrates Fearnley’s extraordinary gifts as a master of atmospheric landscape.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-A0132
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Blanche Bailey Galsworthy (nee Bartleet)
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Sauter, George (1866-1937)
Date made:  early 20th c.

Profile portrait of Blanche Bartleet Bailey, the mother of playwright John Galsworthy. She was twenty five when she married John's father (also called John) and came from Worcestershire. She was very much involved in the running of the household, in this case the large house that John's father had bought for the family, Coombe Warren. This painting was bequeathed to the University of Birmingham by Rudolph Sauter in 1977. Rudolf was the son of artist George Sauter and the nephew of John Galsworthy. During his life time he exhibited two one man shows in New York and London.   [More Info]

ID number:  ECM 1581
Title / Object name:  Faience Chalice
Object type:  Chalice
Date made:  Possibly Third Intermediate Period

Blue faience chalice, delicate stemmed foot with frond decoration in relief, broad shallow bowl in the form of a white lotus, lobed, and with vertical incised decoration.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRUG 15061
Title / Object name:  Alethopteris
Category:  Palaeontology
Object type:  Plant

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ID number:  WB-HC0335
Title / Object name:  Harborne Tenants Association banner
Category:  Textile
Object type:  Banner
Artist / Maker:  Jephson, Julie
Place made:  West Midlands: Birmingham
Date made:  1909

Harborne Tenants Association banner, representing residents of Moor Pool Estate, which was designed by John Sutton Nettlefold in 1907. Worked by Julie Jephson in 1909.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-LR0672
Title / Object name:  Miliarensis
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Theodosius II; Constantinople
Place made:  Eurasia: Istanbul
Date made:  AD 408-420

Obverse: Bust of Theodosius II, wearing pearl-diadem, draped and cuirassed, facing r. Reverse: Theodosius II, nimbate, draped and cuirassed, standing front with head facing l., holding spear in r. and resting l. on shield; star in field, to l.   [More Info]