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

Posted on Thursday, 15th June 2017

Conference: 10–11 April 2018 (Senate House, London). Object Sessions: 12 April 2018 (London collections).

Eighteenth-century discoveries in archives, libraries and museums are revealing that bright inks were not extraordinary in 1700–1830. Innovations added commercial value and didactic meaning to advertising, books, brocade paper, decorative art, fashion, fine art, illustrations, medicine, scientific imagery, texts, textiles and wallpaper. A new, interdisciplinary approach is now required.

The saturation of some markets with colour may have contributed to the conclusion that only black-and-white was suitable for fine books and artistic prints. As a result, this printed colour has been traditionally recorded only for well-known ‘rarities’. When these artworks, books, domestic objects and ephemera are considered together the implications overturn assumptions from the historical humanities to conservation science.

Following from Printing Colour 1400-1700, this conference will be the first interdisciplinary assessment of Western colour printmaking in the long eighteenth century, 1700–1830. It is intended to lead to the publication of the first handbook colour printmaking in the late hand-press period, creating a new, interdisciplinary paradigm for the history of printed material.

Abstracts for papers or posters are encouraged from historians of all kinds of printed materials (including historians of art, books, botany, design, fashion, meteorology, music and science), conservators, curators, rare book librarians, practising printers and printmakers, and historians of collecting. Registration fee waived for speakers and poster presenters, transport and accommodation also offered to speakers.

Full details can be found here:

Contact Elizabeth Savage for further information:

Deadline CfP: 1 October 2017