New featured picture: a reproduction of Jorge de Aguiar's chart of the Mediterranean, Western Europe and African Coast (1492). It is the oldest known signed and dated chart of Portuguese origin. The original is 1030 × 770 mm, held in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, New Haven.
From the new featured article Norwich Market, the watercolour Norwich Market Place, 1788, by Thomas Rowlandson
A photograph from about 1940 of the English novelist Evelyn Waugh, from the new featured article
Norwich Market (nom), which visits the lost world of whifflers, dick fools, mass public executions, and "a girl of sixteen with no bones". Nominator Iridescent says, "Norwich Market is one of the few institutions of Norman England to survive substantially unchanged through the intervening 900 years, although Norwich has dwindled from one of Europe's great port cities to something of a backwater." The Signpost thought "whifflers" might refer to something lewd, but learned from the article that this was far from the case. (picture at the right)
Evelyn Waugh (nom) (1903–66), the English novelist. Nominator Brianboulton says, "The critic Clive James considered Waugh to be the culmination of centuries of English prose development. Sharpness of wit was his trademark; when told that Randolph Churchill had had a non-malignant growth surgically removed, Waugh remarked that it was a typical triumph of modern science to find the only part of Randolph that was not malignant and remove it." (Picture at the right)
Speed of light (nom), a physical constant important in many areas of physics. Think of whizzing around the equator a little more than seven times a second; that is the speed of light. Going that fast, you'd arrive at the Moon in just over a second, and the Sun in about eight minutes (TimothyRias).
Buffalo nickel (nom), the fifth in nominator Wehwalt's numismatic series. The Buffalo nickel, he says, is considered beautiful by many people, "but it had its problems in production, and was replaced after the minimum 25 years, leaving only the questions: Who is the Indian on the front, and who is the bison on the back? We may never know for sure."
SMS Kronprinz (1914) (nom) fought at the Battle of Jutland in the front of the German line, but emerged completely unscathed, while her three sister ships directly ahead were the most damaged German battleships in the engagement. Kronprinz engaged and forced the retreat of the Russian battleship Tsarevitch during the Battle of Moon Sound in 1917, and was ultimately interned in Scapa Flow at the end of the war and scuttled by her crew (Parsecboy).
Six images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
Stephen Merchant (nom and link to a related article), a British writer (co-creator and co-writer of The Office and Extras), director, radio presenter, and comic actor. Nominator Nehrams2020 said "after contacting Merchant's publicist for an image to support his article, I received this great portrait. I also reached the author of the image and she acknowledged it was able to be released under the CC-BY-SA (created by Carolyn Djanogly).
Bay of Kotor (nom and link to a related article), in south-western Montenegro (formerly part of Yugoslavia) is a winding bay on the Adriatic Sea; the bay is sometimes called Europe's southernmost fjord (created by Ggia).