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Printing in the infernal method: William Blake's method of 'illuminated printing'

Scottish National Gallery The Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (please enter via the back door of the RSA)
  • Wednesday 6 November 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
£ 14.00

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In 1788 William Blake invented a method of relief etching that he called ‘illuminated printing’. This made it possible to print both the text of his poems and the images that he created to illustrate them from the same copper plate in his own engraver’s copper-plate rolling press. The lecture will explain Blake’s invention in the context of conventional 18th century illustrated book production, its metaphorical significance for Blake, the creation of the first illuminated books, like the Songs of Innocence, and how the further development of colour printing his images led to the production of the Large Colour Prints or monotypes of 1795, Blake’s supreme achievement as an artist-printmaker. The lecture will be given by Dr Michael Phillips, a world renowned expert on Blake and himself a trained printmaker.

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William Blake The Night of Enitharmon's Joy (formerly called 'The Triple Hecate') about 1795
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Lecture or talk Our Friends

Printing in the infernal method: William Blake's method of 'illuminated printing'

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