ARTIST’S TALK AND RARE BOOKS HANDLING SESSION
Hooke’s Micrographia & Nehemiah Grew’s Anatomy of Plants: Under the Microscope in The Age of Enlightenment.
Artist Stephen Park & Dr. Felicity Henderson Lecturer in Archives and Material Culture University of Exeter (Kindly supported by the University of Exeter and Exeter Cathedral Library)
Saturday 19th November 10.00am-2.30pm (allowing an hour for lunch)
Venue: Richard Eyre Room (West Wing, Bishop’s Palace) Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives. The Bishop’s Palace, Palace Gate, Exeter.
Places available: Maximum 15
Cost: £10.00 (concessions students, over 60’s, & low waged £5.00) minimum age 16
In 1665, the year before London’s Great Fire, Robert Hooke published the world’s first fully illustrated book of microscopy. ‘Micrographia’ revealed to it’s readers a new world crowded with unimagined life and intricately designed natural structures. A few years later in 1682 English botanist Nehemiah Grew published a similarly pioneering book ‘Anatomy of Plants’ with it’s 82 exquisitely intricate plates showing their inner structures and revealing the visual beauty of plant morphology at a cellular level.
Join Dr. Felicity Henderson & Stephen Park for this exciting opportunity to spend a few fascinating hours with Exeter’s very own copies of these first editions from Exeter Cathedral’s Rare Books Archive. Dr. Felicity Henderson will give a talk about these books’ and their significance to scientific understanding, philosophy and religion. Stephen Park will give a talk about the effect seeing ‘Micrographia’ at this library had on his own practice, and will talk about his methodology in the creation of an artwork he made in response to seeing Hooke’s magnificent illustrations. Anyone wanting to make some drawings during the day are welcome (please bring your own sketch book & drawing materials), or you are welcome to just come and enjoy looking at these exquisite books and learning how they continue to inspire artists and writers.
Stephen Park’s work has been included in New Contemporaries at the ICA, the Serpentine, "Freeze" curated by Damien Hirst, and numerous other exhibitions, most recently a solo show at CCANW. He received a 1st class degree in fine art from Goldsmiths College and an H Dip from the Slade School of Art where he returned as the Henry Moore Fellow.
Felicity Henderson is a Lecturer in Archives and Material Culture at the University of Exeter. Her broad topic is 17th century intellectual culture, and within this has a particular interest in early-modern institutions (particularly the universities and the early Royal Society) and the circulation of ideas through manuscript, image and print.