Elizabeth James and Annemarie Biclough
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House; Victoria and Albert Museum (National Art Library and Prints & Drawings Study Room); London Print Studio

This course offers a selective introduction to the history of post-medieval Western book illustration. Through a series of case studies we seek to explain why and how books have pictures. Examples from the V&A’s National Art Library and Senate House will be available to examine, supported by artefacts and expertise from the V&A’s Prints collection and a hands-on workshop at the London Print Studio. Noting the interplay of material, economic and aesthetic forces, we look at the relationship of printing and printmaking technologies to the strategies of publishers, and how artists have responded; and we consider the impact on the reader of the images in books. The course aims to interest librarians, art-historians and curators as well as collectors: expertise-sharing is encouraged.

Chief guest tutor is Dr Rowan Watson, former Senior Curator at the National Art Library and original co-founder of this course.  Additional tutors: Zorian Clayton, Amanda Jane Doran, Anthony Hamber, Katharine Martin, Darren van der Meurwe, Julia Walworth, Catherine Yvard.

Student Comments

The chance to see the books were discussing was amazing and having the seminars at the Victoria and Albert Museum was especially nice.