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Relief printing using a replica rolling press

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Printing historian Michael Phillips will guide us through the process of relief printing using a replica rolling press

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10-11am – Introductory talk on the invention and development of “illuminated printing” as pioneered by William Blake.

In 1788 William Blake invented a revolutionary 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, together from the same copper plate in an engraver’s rolling press. The illustrated lecture will explain Blake's invention in the context of conventional eighteenth-century illustrated book production, the creation of the first illuminated books, including the Songs of Innocence (1789), and how the further development of a unique method of colour-printing for the first copies of Songs of Experience (1793), eventually led to the production of the Large Colour Prints or monotypes of 1795, Blake’s supreme achievement as an artist-printmaker.

Half the group will then take part in a printing demonstration, the other half will visit Christ Church Picture Gallery. The groups will then swop over for the afternoon session.

11am-1pm – Printing demonstration. Having re-created exact replicas of the relief-etched copper plates that Blake used to print his illuminated books, the demonstration will consist of mixing examples of the coloured inks that Blake used from the same dry pigments, inking the delicate relief surfaces of the plates using a leather-covered dauber or ink ball (ink rollers were not invented until the second decade of the nineteenth century), and printing the plates in a rolling press. Those taking part will be encouraged to choose one of a selection of replica relief-etched copper plates of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience, to ink and print for themselves. They will be able to take the print they made home with them.

1-2pm – Lunch in Christ Church Hall (included)

2-4pm – Visit to Christ Church Picture Gallery with Curator Jacqueline Thallmann and Curatorial Assistant Laura Irwin to examine historical examples of printing techniques and discuss curatorial issues of such collections.

4-5pm – Return to the Library for round-up and discussion.

Michael Phillips:

Michael has spent more than 30 years re-creating the methods and materials that Blake used to create his books in illuminated printing. While a lecturer at Edinburgh University, in 1988-89 he studied traditional printmaking methods at Edinburgh College of Art and subsequently has been a member of the professional Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop. He was guest curator of major Blake exhibitions, at Tate Britain (2000), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2001), Petit Palais (2009) and most recently, William Blake Apprentice & Master, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (2014-15), where the re-creation of Blake’s printmaking studio in Lambeth in the 1790s was a feature. He has published extensively on Blake and re-creates exact replica impressions of many of the plates of the illuminated books for public and private collections which can be seen on his website: http://www.williamblakeprints.co.uk

The venue is accessed by steps and there is no lift access.

Cost: £50. If you need to be sent an invoice please select the "Pay by invoice" option to receive an invoice for £50.

Event organiser: Steven Archer steven.archer@chch.ox.ac.uk

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