History of Book Illustration

Rowan Watson and Elizabeth James
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

This course offers an introduction to the history of post-medieval Western book illustration, with an emphasis on developments in printing and in printmaking technology. Students will have the opportunity of seeing selected methods demonstrated, and will be encouraged to work towards an understanding and recognition of some of the main techniques through examining examples. However these are regarded in the context of wider social, economic and aesthetic themes.

The course is partly based at the Victoria and Albert Museum, drawing on the collections both of the National Art Library and of Prints.

The course is suitable for librarians, art-historians, collectors, dealers, museum curators, print enthusiasts and literary and cultural historians as well as bibliophiles.

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.