52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations: Reflections and Visual Index

This year’s “52 Weeks of …” thread has now come to a close and it is time, once again, to finish the series with our image index. Last year’s “52 Weeks” thread was largely drawn from the Rare Books collection, focussing on fantastic bindings; this year we were able to open up the thread to all collections and curators to find just what inspires us about the collections we work with on a daily basis. With this “illustrations” thread we have been able to travel all around the world and across the centuries, examining medieval manuscript illustrations, early book engravings, architectural drawings, photographic reproduction methods, travel diaries and maps.

Illustrations provide a window into an author’s imagination; they provide an instance of reaction of an artist to an author’s words. We hope that this past year’s series has provided a unique glimpse into our collections, many of the items featured this year were new discoveries or treasures we often don’t get to feature. Here is a visual index of the items included in the “52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations” thread:

Week 1: Botanical Magazine

Week 1: Botanic Magazine

Week 2: Popple Map

Week 2: Popple Map

Week 3: Photo-history

Week 3: Photo-history

Week 4: Alchemical MSS

Week 4: Alchemical MSS

Week 5: Photogenic drawing

Week 5: Photogenic art

Week 6: Nasmyth's Moon

Week 6: Nasmyth’s Moon

Week 7: McRae drawings

Week 7: McRae drawings

Week 8: Calotype negative

Week 8: Calotype negative

Week 9: Hieroglyphica

Week 9: Hieroglyphica

Week 10: Moody Journal

Week 10: Moody Journal

Week 11: Salted paper

Week 11: Salted paper

Week 12: Muses's welcome

Week 12: Muses welcome

Week 13: Cook's Perspectives

Week 13: Perspectives

Week 14: Albumen Print

Week 14: Albumen print

Week 15: Hieroglyphic Bible

Week 15: Hieroglyph Bible

Week 16: Office of the dead

Week 16: office of the dead

Week 17: P.O.P.s

Week 17: P.O.P.s

Week 18: Mark Catesby

Week 18: Mark Catesby

Week 19: The Shahnameh

Week 19: The Shahnameh

Week 20: Excursions daguerriennes

Week 20: Daguerriennes

Week 21: Divine Comedy

Week 21: Divine Comedy

Week 22: Photogravures

Week 22: Photogravures

Week 23: St Andrew

Week 23: St Andrew

Week 24: Carbon prints

Week 24: Carbon prints

Week 25: Roberta McIntosh

Week 25: McIntosh book

Week 26: Woodburytypes

Week 26: Woodburytypes

Week 27: Book of Christmas

Week 27: 1836 Christmas

Week 28: Scottish image

Week 28: Scottish image

Week 29: Hevelius

Week 29: Hevelius

Week 30: Bromoil prints

Week 30: Bromoil prints

Week 31: Eastern tortoises

Week 31: Eastern tortoises

Week 32: Spanish emblems

Week 32: 17th c. emblems

Week 33: the Stereograph

Week 33: the Stereograph

Week 34: Bonthron's book

Week 34: Bonthron’s book

Week 35: Constantinople

Week 35: Constantinople

Week 36: Gelatin silver

Week 36: Gelatin silver

Week 37: 500th scrolls

Week 37: 500th scrolls

Week 38: Ethiopian psalter

Week 38:Ethiopian psalter

Week 39: Jessie M. King

Week 39: Jessie M. King

Week 40: Photo postcard

Week 40: Photo postcard

Week 41: Photo-forgeries

Week 41: Photo-forgeries

Week 42: Kircher's Music

Week 42: Kircher’s Music

Week 43: Medieval faces

Week 43: Medieval faces

Week 44: Family albums

Week 44: Family albums

Week 45: Campi Phlegraei

Week 45: Campi Phlegraei

Week46: Half-tone relief

Week46: Half-tone relief

Week 47: Architect's art

Week 47: Architect’s art

Week 48: Photo medium

Week 48: Photo medium

Week 49: 16th c. Anatomy

Week 49: 16th c. Anatomy

Week 50: Book of wonders

Week 50: Book of wonders

Week 51: Encyclopédie

Week 51: Encyclopédie

Week 52: St Andrews Psalter

Week 52: 15th c. Psalter

We are going to let the “52 Weeks” thread lie fallow for the next two months to allow us to recharge our curatorial batteries and plan the next year’s theme. So watch this space towards the end of September, and in the meantime keep reading Echoes!

DG

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