Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • In 1915, with the newly innovated film camera, a young actor captured some of France’s greatest artists, including Rodin, Monet, Degas, and Renoir in a silent film. Check out the clips.
  • In 1813, Jane Austen attended an exhibition of Sir Joshua Reynolds in London; this is what she saw.
  • And another literature and art crossover: the paintings mentioned in Marcel Proust’s first volume of À la recherche du temps perdu.
  • And while you’re at it, don’t dog-ear that book! Get some inspiration from this collection of objects people use as bookmarks.