The HoursRomantic Illustration Network

The Romantic Illustration Network (RIN) restores to view the importance of book illustration and visual  culture in the Romantic period, but also across the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries. RIN brings together scholars working on poetry, prose, the printed book, visual culture, and painting from roughly 1750 – 1850 to share research and to develop new models for understanding the relationship between word and image in the period, between large and small scale work, and between painting, print and illustration.

We are collaborating with Tate Britain to enhance the Tate’s collection of literary prints and paintings. RIN will foreground artists who have been unduly ignored, and return attention to well-known artists in unfamiliar roles. We aim to recapture lost cultures of looking and of reading, restoring the link between word and image not only in book illustration but in the wider literary and visual culture.

Our programme of events will take as starting point in turn the artist, the author, the gallery and the economics of print. We will produce an edited collection of essays and it is hoped that this network will form the basis for a longer research project.



Recent Posts

Romantic Illustration Network Internship: Westminster Archives Centre

City of Westminster Archives CentreThe Romantic Illustration Network has organized a student internship at our partner organization, City of Westminster Archives Centre, in London.

Roehampton student Philip Rafferty (MRes, Classics), will  spend four weeks at the Archives, funded by Santander bank.

Philip has been working with the Shepherd Collection of London prints, and the playbills collection, as well as cataloging and assisting with RIN’s summer event on July 19th.


  1. Applications open: Amy P. Goldman Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies 1 Reply
  2. RIN Summer event: ‘Staging Shakespeare’, Professor Frederick Burwick, Westminster Archives Centre, July 19th 2016 1 Reply
  3. The Sherborne House Macready-Dickens screen 1 Reply
  4. Prize-winning animation of Blake’s ‘The Tyger’ by Y12 student 1 Reply
  5. Changing of the Guard: RIN Postdoc advertised, deadline 11 July 2016 1 Reply
  6. CFP: Object Matters: Making Memory: material and visual culture of commemoration in Ireland c.1800 – 2016 1 Reply
  7. Reminder: RIN’s summer event, ‘Staging Shakespeare’, London July 19th 1 Reply
  8. Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807): the artist as businesswoman 1 Reply
  9. Simon Grennan, Anthony Trollope, and Hay-on-Wye 1 Reply