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School of History

Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies seminar - 'Extra-Illustrating the Macklin Bible'

26 March 2019

Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm

Naomi Billingsley on 'Extra-Illustrating the Macklin Bible'.

Naomi is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute, at the University of Manchester. Her monograph The Visionary Art of William Blake: Christianity, Romanticism and the Pictorial Imagination was published in spring 2018. She is now working on a project that investigates the formation and reception of the Macklin Bible (1789-1800) in the context of religious visual culture of the Romantic period.

This paper will explore the Bowyer Bible – the forty-five-volume copy of the Macklin Bible that was extra-illustrated by fellow printseller Robert Bowyer between c.1801 and 1826. It will put the Bowyer Bible in context, with a brief survey of other extra-illustrated Macklin Bibles, and situate this narrative in relation to the craze for extra-illustration in late eighteenth century Britain.

Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.