Academic Session 23: Loughborough 2017

43rd Annual Conference and Art Book Fair
Loughborough University
6th – 8th April 2017

Prints in Books: The materiality, art history and collection of illustrations


This session is sponsored by Print Quarterly


Elizabeth Savage, Institute of English Studies,

Book illustrations, especially from the hand-press period (1450-1830), are an essential but traditionally overlooked source of art historical information. Although the hierarchies of fine art over popular art are dissolving and modern disciplinary distinctions between text and image (or art and book) are giving way to cross-disciplinary and holistic approaches to printed material, printed images that happen to be inside books often fall outside the remits of art historical, literary, bibliographical and material research.

One reason is that practical and academic barriers impede access to the art historical information that book illustrations can provide. Due to incompatible cataloguing standards adopted by libraries and art museums, researchers can struggle to identify book illustrations across collections. Cataloguing protocols may reduce hundreds of significant woodcuts in a book to the single word ‘illustrated’; some world-leading graphic art digitisation initiatives exclude book illustrations. As the global digitised corpus expands, will book illustrations be more represented in print scholarship or will they continue to fall into the gap between art and book? As material objects and visual resources, should they be considered bibliographical, art historical or iconographical material? And how do such classifications influence their interpretation?

This interdisciplinary panel seeks to establish a platform for discussion about the historical and current position of printed book illustrations in graphic art scholarship. Theoretical and object-based papers related to the collecting, cataloguing and interpretation of printed book illustrations are welcome, as are papers that explore the materiality, iconography, historiography or art history of pictures printed inside books.

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Matilde Malaspina (Oxford University) Visual Recognition, Image-matching and Digital Annotation: Early-printed book illustrations and the 15cBOOKTRADE Project

Diana Bowers-Smith (Brooklyn Public Library) ‘The Physical Text is History’: The Visual Lineage of Werner Rolewinck’s Fasciculus temporum

Ilaria Andreoli (CNRS (ITEM, Paris)-Fondazione Giorgio Cini) and Ilenia Maschietto (Fondazione Giorgio Cini) Prince d’Essling’s Livres à figures vénitiens: Indexing the collection, indexing the copies

Berthold Kress (Warburg Institute) ‘Arise, kill and eat’ – Reformation Polemic in 16th-century Bible illustration

Joanna Karlgaard (Baltimore Museum of Art) Cataloguing Illustrations from Jerónimo Nadal’s Adnotationes et meditations in Evangelica at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Magdalena Herman (University of Warsaw) Reframed Images: Officina Plantiniana and Cracovian publishing house of Andrzej Piotrkowczyk

Anne-Katrin Sors (University of Göttingen) Jan David’s Devotional Books and Theodor Galle’s Illustrations

Ad Stijnman (Private Researcher) Colours of Anatomy: Printed colour in early modern medical illustrations

Peter S. Forsaith (Oxford Brookes University) Portrait Prints in the Arminian/Methodist Magazine: 1778-c.1850

Ann Gunn (University of St Andrews) Andrew Bell and Illustrations for the Encyclopaedia Britannica 1771-1797

Lucy Peltz (National Portrait Gallery, London) Granger, Grangerizing and Grangeritis: Extra-illustration in C19th and C20th Britain and America

Anna McGee (Cambridge University) Agnes Miller Parker's Wood Engravings: Bringing the word to life