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In it's most basic form, a diptych is any object with two flat plates usually attached at a hinge. In ancient times a diptych was also a type of icon whereby two panels are joined together with a hinge, so that they may fold together for protection when travelling, and then be unfolded for veneration when one's destination has been reached. Today a diptych can also loosely refer to a work made up of two matching or co-ordinating parts and is used by artists in panel paintings and photography for example.

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'French liberty British slavery'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 21 December 1792
NPG D12466

Queen Eleanor and King Henry III
after Unknown artist
perhaps 18th century
NPG D23653

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