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For dog lovers everywhere, we take a moment this month to bring a new exhibition to your attention, one where, uniquely, dogs are welcomed as much as their owners. There's also news of a literary anniversary, a dash of some of our latest images, and the merest mention of a sci-fi special. Read on.

For the Love of Dog: Pour L'amour du Chien

A new exhibition, in collaboration between Mary Evans Picture Library and The Kennel Club, opened last week at The Kennel Club Art Gallery in London. For the Love of Dog: Pour L'amour du Chien showcases the work of photographer Shirley Baker (1932-2014), whose collection we have represented since 2008. Shirley was above all an observer of everyday life throughout her photographic work, documenting the world around her. This frequently included dogs and their owners outside on the streets and at dog shows where she lived in northern England and the south of France. The exhibition is open until 1st April 2022, to both human visitors and their canine companions.

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You may also be interested in Dog Show 1961-1978, a book of Shirley Baker's often amusing dog show photographs, published by Hoxton Mini Press and available here.

Dostoevsky's bicentenary

An artist has created a giant portrait of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky in wheat stubble to mark the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth on 11th November. Dario Gambarin's work Beauty Will Save Us, a quote from Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot, was cut using a tractor in a field in Castagnaro, northern Italy.

We may not have any grain-based portraits ourselves, but we do have an excellent selection of images of Dostoevsky, considered one of the world's greatest novelists, as well as stills from many film and TV adaptations of his masterpieces, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons and The Brothers Karamazov which were all first published in the late 19th century.

Bizarre beauty

We all want to look our best during the festive period, so may be tempted in the next couple of months to partake of a beauty treatment such as those on offer in some of our most recently scanned images from the Illustrated London News archive. Double chin? Correct it with the electrical massage mask. Tiny facial warts? Remove them with the Siemens-Reiniger x-ray machine.

Click here to view these and other 1920s and '30 marvels.

From beer to eternity

For an eye-catching array look no further than this spectacular collection of 20th century beer bottle labels from the National Brewery Centre Archives in Burton upon Trent, uploaded last month to our website. These images are part of a collection of pre-war labels donated to the National Brewery Heritage Trust by Darley's of Burton during 2016.

Virgil Solis

New in from The Ashmolean Museum comes a lovely little set of images by 16th century German printmaker Virgil Solis (1514-1562). The intricate engravings of birds, insects, reptiles and other animals are beautifully laid out and demonstrate oodles of character.

See the set here alongside a portrait of Solis from our own collection.

Sci-fi Special

Our pulp sci-fi magazine covers have proved a perennial favourite and are now available on a variety of products from shower curtains to travel mugs, courtesy of online marketplace Redbubble.

Check out our Thrilling and Amazing designs here and get a head start on the Christmas shopping.