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Arts and culture

Delve into a treasure trove of records spanning centuries of design, literature, photography and performance. Get closer to the stories of some of history’s greatest cultural figures, and discover some artistic pioneers you may never have heard of.

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The story of Louis Wain

Read about Louis Wain

Artist and illustrator Louis Wain (1860–1939) achieved great fame for his whimsical drawings of cats, but his story is also a sad one of personal tragedy.