Jemima's Pics and Clips US

Jemima's favourite pictures and clips from the archive encompass the macabre, the monumental, and the magical. ​Enjoy her wonderful selection which showcases the wide range of material in the Bridgeman Images collection.


1. What is your role at Bridgeman?

I work part-time in the cataloguing department on all the new material coming in from collections and suppliers around the world, ensuring that the metadata and keywords are correct and pertinent.


2. What do you love most about the job?

The range and variety of images in the archive is incredible and I love digging down and researching further into images, collections and artists in order to better contextualise, understand and label them, getting lost down rabbit holes of enquiry along the way.


3. What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

My role is not client facing but I came to the job with my own preconceptions having previously worked as a historical researcher in various international archives... but there are no dusty tomes here, nor are gloves necessary to access the array of fine art imagery, photography and footage.


Jemima Mieville​'s favourite images and clips in the archive are...

Jemima Mieville, Cataloguing





Alice in Wonderland, 1865. 'Who cares for you?' said Alice (she had grown to her full size by this time). 'You're nothing but a pack of cards!'. Illustration by Sir John Tenniel from the first edition of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,' 1865. / Granger / Bridgeman Images





Alice in Wonderland illustrations by John Tenniel

Few pictures are more evocative than those first encountered in childhood books. John Tenniel's illustrations for Alice in Wonderland are indelibly etched on my brain, none more so than this iconic image which decorated the front cover of my first copy (although the Jabberwock runs a close second).


Plate 173. Ascending Steps and Jumping Off, 1885 (collotype on paper), Muybridge, Eadweard (1830-1904) / Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, USA / gift of the Edwin J. Beinecke Trust / Bridgeman Images




Eadweard Muybridge

One of my current projects is to catalogue a collection which includes hundreds of the photographic sequences from Eadweard Muybridge's groundbreaking study, Animal Locomotion. The infinite variety of these sequences, from naked baseball pitchers to chickens scared by torpedoes, is mesmerising testimony to the scale of his obsession.



Illustration for De humanis corporis fabrica

The unprecedented detail and accuracy in these illustrations from Andreas Vesalius' encyclopaedic anatomical textbook of 1543, De humanis corporis fabrica, bear witness to the fact that the artists were themselves present at dissections. Particularly beautiful is the combination of scientific exposition and art, which sees the gruesomely flayed and peeling muscle men posed against a traditional Italian landscape.



Prima Musculorum Tabula, illustration from 'De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem' by Andreas Vesalius (1514-64), published by Johannes Oporinus, Basel, June 1543 (colour woodcut), Venetian School, (16th century) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images





Windy weather bothers pedestrians at the foot of the Flatiron Building,
New York City, 1903 - early Thomas Edison film / Bridgeman Images




Thomas Edison early film

Step back in time with this wonderful Thomas Edison film from early 20th century New York City. Prime vintage people watching...




Andy Goldsworthy

I was given a book of Andy Goldsworthy's art as a teenager and remember being excited by his ephemeral works which defy sale or ownership. Photographed at their peak, I always wanted to stumble across them afterwards and watch them melt back into the landscape, slowly decay or blow away.



Slits Cut Into Frozen Snow, Stormy, Strong Wind, Weather Light and Rapidly Changing, 1988 (Cibachrome photo), Goldsworthy, Andy (b. 1956) / Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) U.K.



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