art in leeds

641: Jersey Devil & Mothman

Two babies of bad omens playing some good ol fashioned checkers.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!

666: Jersey Devil

WE DID IT! Give it up for the main monster of Jersey, LEEEEEEEEEEEEEDSSSSS DEVIIILLLLLLLLL!!!!!

You’re probably wondering why this is a pattern, welll…I started a Society6 a bit back, and this puppy is slapped onto a bunch of cool biz. Like so cool that you’ll go “what?”

TAKE A LOOK IF YOU WANT I DUNNO

I’ll be back to the end of the music monsters after this day, special number and all~

A Roman cavalry parade helmet, early 3rd century AD and probably made in the Danube valley.

This elaborately decorated helmet was made from a single sheet of metal. It has an eagle’s head on the crest, winged sea-dragons, and a feathered border that ends in a bird’s head.

It is too fragile to ever have been worn into battle. It would have been used as part of a ceremony or parade.

It is in the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Image from the Leeds Museum and Galleries flickr: Helmet

Happy Yorkshire Day!

This is a watercolour and graphite drawing by Thomas Girtin (1775–1802) of the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, near Leeds. 

Thomas Girtin was a friend and rival of JMW Turner, for whom he once worked. On Girtin’s early death Turner is said to have remarked, “Had Tom Girtin lived I should have starved”.