Blake Archive Launches New Edition of Jerusalem

The William Blake Archive has announced a new digital edition of Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, Copy F, from the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

As the accompanying editorial commentary notes, Copy F was the last copy of Jerusalem – and the last illuminated book – to be printed by Blake, being finished c.1820. This new edition joins the William Blake Archive’s digital Copy E and will soon be joined by a digital Copy A. Access to the entire William Blake Archive is unrestricted and free of charge.

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New Resource: Art Researchers’ Guide to Liverpool and Merseyside

9780956276384Rose Roberto, PhD candidate at the University of Reading, has written with details of a new publication for scholars working on book history in Liverpool and Merseyside.

Art Researchers’ Guide to Liverpool and Merseyside, co-edited by Rose Roberto and Emily Parsons, is the sixth in a series of pocket-sized books aimed at visual artists, academics, teachers, students and local researchers, published by the Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland (ARLIS/UK & Ireland). It describes institutions across the region with both traditional and recently established collections, from book binding and illustration history through to counter culture and modern art.

Tracing its origins back to 1207, Liverpool was one of the greatest ports in the world and one of the most prosperous towns in Britain for two hundred years. UNESCO has designated Liverpool a World Heritage Site and, compared with other British cities, it has more museums and galleries than anywhere outside of London.

Today Liverpool is home to a thriving arts community, with exciting programmes of exhibitions, talks and events all year round as well as regular festivals such as the Liverpool Biennial. In 2008 Liverpool was European Capital of Culture, and that legacy lives on.

This handbook describes the major collections of libraries, archives, and museums where you can research culture, art, and design. It will allow you to explore Liverpool and the Merseyside region and direct you to the most appropriate places to suit your research needs.

‘These are handy, well designed little booklets,’ says art historian, Mark Westgarth, ‘loosely drawing on the format of the ubiquitous city tourist guides.’  They are portable, user friendly and fit in a coat pocket.
The Liverpool and Merseyside Guide provides 2 foldout maps, with locations numbered and highlighted. There are high quality colour images of the buildings, interiors and some of the key objects and artworks in each institution.  At the back of the guide is a subject-index to the collections in each institution, using simple, at-a-glance visual keys.

‘Catherine Marcangeli’s introduction captures both the history and the current thriving arts scene in Liverpool,’ says Emily Parsons, editor of the guide, ‘while the full colour illustrations in the guide show the wealth and variety of the unique material housed in Liverpool and Merseyside available for researchers to come and see.’

‘There’s nothing like having a handy little booklet to carry around and place oneself, metaphorically, in the city,’ says Mark Westgarth of the series.  ‘And perhaps more importantly these Guides inculcate an attitude, in students in particular, to move away from the Internet (excellent though such a resource is!) and become more active as researchers.’

Copies can be purchased for £6 from the Liverpool John Moores University online shop.

2 CfPs: Travel and Illustration

RIN members, their students and colleagues with research interests in travel images and narratives might be interested in two recent CfPs.

‘Magazines on the Move: North American Periodicals and Travel’

Friday, 22 September 2017

Nottingham Trent University

This one-day seminar hosted by the Centre for Travel Writing will examine the relationship between North American travel writing and the periodical format. The conference organisers have named ‘visual representations’ as a strand that is particularly welcome.

Proposals of c.200 words should be sent to ctws@ntu.ac.uk by 28 July 2017. Postgraduates are encouraged to submit proposals.

 

‘New Voices 2017-18: Art and Movement’

Thursday, 11 January 2018

University of Birmingham

The Association of Art Historians (AAH) invites proposals for this one-day postgraduate research symposium on any aspect of art and movement. The symposium will explore a range of interconnected themes, including:

  • Representations of movement or its impact on a work of art’s function and form
  • The lives and works of artists abroad, including immigrants, expatriates and refugees
  • Networks of trade and circulation
  • The impact of globalisation on the production of art, its curation and the art market
  • The restitution of art and cultural objects
  • Non-movement, i.e. art or artists that resist or are denied movement

Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words, along with a 150-word biographical note, should be submitted to artmovement2018@gmail.com by 4 September 2018.

CfP: Printing Colour 1700-1830

 

Printing Colour 1700-1830: Discoveries, Rediscoveries and Innovations in the Long Eighteenth Century

10-12 April 2018

Senate House, London & London Collections

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Image of James Sadler’s balloon ascent, 12 August 1811 (Wikimedia Commons)

 

Abstracts for posters and 20-minute papers are invited for this three-day, interdisciplinary conference and workshop covering all aspects of the making, collecting and reception of colour prints in the long eighteenth century. The convenors particularly welcome proposals from book historians and scholars of illustration.

 

Full details and instructions on how to submit are available at bit.ly/PC1700-1830.

 

CfP: Blocks Plates Stones

BLOCKS PLATES STONES: Matrices/Printing Surfaces in Research and Collections
21 September 2017, Senate House, London (reception at British Academy)
Deadline: 30 June 2017, via bit.ly/BlocksPlatesStones-Submit
Details: bit.ly/BlocksPlatesStones
Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies)

KEYNOTE ROUNDTABLE

Dr Richard S Field (Yale), Prof James Mosley (Institute of English Studies), Dr 
Ad Stijnman (Leiden), Prof Michael Twyman (Reading)

CFP
The material turn in fields that rely on historical printed matter has led to interest in how those texts and images were—and are—produced. Those objects, including cut woodblocks, etched and engraved metal plates, and lithographic stones, could be fundamental to research. Tens of thousands survive from the last 500 years, but the vast majority are inaccessible because they do not fit into the cataloguing structures and controlled vocabularies used by the libraries, archives and museums that hold them. Those that are accessible tend to be under-used, as few researchers are equipped to understand them or communicate about them across disciplinary boundaries. Even the most basic term is debated: in book research, a matrix is the mould for casting pieces of type; in art research, each resulting type is a matrix (and the sheets printed from them are the multiples). As new possibilities to catalogue and digitise these artefacts are revealing their research potential, it is essential to establish how they can best be made available and how they can be used in research.

This deeply interdisciplinary conference will survey the state of research into cut woodblocks, intaglio plates, lithographic stones, and other matrices/printing surfaces. It will bring together researchers, curators, librarians, printers, printmakers, cataloguers, conservators, digital humanities practitioners, and others who care for or seek to understand these objects. The discussion will encompass all media and techniques, from the fifteenth century through the present. Please submit abstracts for papers (20 minutes) and posters (A1 portrait/vertical) by 30 June 2017 at bit.ly/BlocksPlatesStones-Submit.

FUNDING BODY
This event is part of a 12-month British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, ‘The Matrix Reloaded: Establishing Cataloguing and Research Guidelines for Artefacts of Printing Images’, bit.ly/BARSEAMatrixReloaded. The discussions will support the creation of a research network to distil a single, interdisciplinary best practice from existing standards across disciplines and heritage collections and produce a program to train researchers to engage with matrices/printing surfaces.

ECR Training Day: Matrices/Printing Surfaces

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Early career researchers are invited to apply for the British Academy funded training day focusing on the use of matrices and printing surfaces in research on illustrated books. The workshop, facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies) and Dr Giles Bergel (Oxford), will allow participates to consider both printing surfaces such as woodblocks and engraved plates, and the resulting impressions, and to relate them to the content of printed books.

No previous experience is necessary. Applications are open to scholars from all disciplines and related professions, including current PhD students or those who received a PhD in or after 2007.

Click here to learn more and apply.

‘Picturing Places’ at the British Library

The British Library is delighted to announce the launch of Picturing Places, a new free online resource which explores the Library’s extensive holdings of landscape imagery.
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Robert Mitchell, Cross-section of The Rotunda, Leicester Square, built to exhibit panoramas (1801). BL 56.i.12 (Plate 14).

The British Library’s huge collection of historic prints and drawings is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Picturing Places showcases works of art by well-known artists such as Thomas Gainsborough and J. M. W. Turner alongside images by a multitude of lesser-known figures. Only a few have ever been seen or published before.

Historically, the British Library’s prints and drawings have been overlooked by scholars. This is the first time that a large and important body of such materials from the Library are being brought to light. While landscape images have often been treated as accurate records of place, this website reveals the many different stories involved – about travel and empire, science and exploration, the imagination, history and observation.

As well as over 500 newly-digitised works of art from the collection, this growing site will feature over 100 articles by both emerging and established scholars from many disciplines. Part of the British Library’s ongoing Transforming Topography research project, films from the Library’s 2016 conference exploring the depiction of places are also accessible, providing revelatory insights about the history of landscape imagery.

Follow @BL_prints for updates on the project’s progress.