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Full Stop (The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman)
© Scott Myles

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Full Stop (The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman) 2006

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman’ is a comic novel by Laurence Sterne, originally published in nine volumes from 1759-67. Myles was initially drawn to the books due to the inclusion of several unusual marbled pages that Sterne had incorporated alongside entirely black pages and the usual text, testing the limits of traditional printing and typography. Myles’s work at this time had been exploring notions of endings and negation. From this interest evolved the idea to photograph the final full-stop of a first-edition copy of the novel. This was done using a Carl Zeiss photomicroscope, which reveals the full-stop as an abstract shape. The veins of ink leaking into the paper are reminiscent of a Rorschach ink blot.

Glossary Open


The process of print design involving the selection and arrangement of different styles of type.



  • Acc. No. GMA 5087
  • Medium Lambda photograph
  • Size 126.50 x 126.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2009