Contemporary Printmakers in the Dalziel Archive: Peter S. Smith

As part of the Dalziel Project, contemporary printmakers have been collaborating with researchers, exploring the archive in the British Museum. This has generated new work in dialogue with the Dalziels. Bethan Stevens has written about this in Printmaking Today, focusing on the recent Dalziel-related work of Neil Bousfield, Louise Hayward, Chris Pig and Peter S. Smith: you…

Exploring Materiality and Immateriality in Victorian Wood Engravings, by Carey Gibbons

Carey Gibbons recently completed a Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art: The Limits of the Body in Victorian Illustration: Arthur Hughes and Frederick Sandys. Gibbons’s research crosses disciplines, engaging with the illustrations of Hughes and Sandys in relation to their accompanying texts and Victorian science, religion, and gender constructions. She recently curated an exhibition at the…

Contemporary Printmakers in the Dalziel Archive: Chris Pig

Click images above to view gallery As part of the Dalziel Project, contemporary printmakers have been collaborating with researchers, exploring the archive in the British Museum (see more here). This has generated new work in dialogue with the Dalziels. Bethan Stevens recently wrote about this in Printmaking Today, focusing on the recent Dalziel-related work of Neil…

UCA Showcase: Photographic Responses to Dalziel

Here we present a selection of students’ work produced in early 2018 as part of our ongoing collaborative project with UCA Rochester. The images are taken from both developmental work and from final pieces, all of which engage with the Dalziel Archive photographically. Students used photography in mixed-media reproductions and reinventions of Dalziel engravings (John…

Jemima Woolnough, 'Time Takes its Toll'

Time Takes its Toll, by Jemima Woolnough

Earlier this year, young artists at UCA Rochester developed responses to the Dalziel Archive as part of our continuing collaboration. They researched the Dalziel Archive and the Alice to Alice: Dalziel 1865–71 online exhibition and produced new works of art responding to its themes–particularly temporality and sequence. Jemima Woolnough created a sculptural-photographic project, constructing a…

Lucie Stewart, 'Books and the Ballad-Maker', no. 1

Lucie Stewart: Books and the Ballad-Maker

Our ongoing collaboration with UCA Rochester asked artists aged 16–17 to produce a creative response to the Dalziel project, reflecting particularly on themes of sequence and temporality. Lucie Stewart developed a project on ageing and the material book, drawing on the ‘Making Prints and Books’ section of the Alice to Alice: Dalziel 1865–1871 online exhibition.…

Lauren Tearle, 'Garden of Live Flowers'

Lauren Tearle’s Garden of Live Flowers

For the second year running, we have collaborated on a project for 16- to 18-year-old art students at UCA Rochester, where students were prompted to develop a sequential set of images inspired by images from the Dalziel archive. Lauren Tearle created a series of collages influenced by the Dalziel engravings of John Tenniel’s ‘The Garden…

The Past inside the Present: The Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive

Michael John Goodman completed his PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University in December 2016. His thesis, ‘Illustrating Shakespeare: Practice, Theory and the Digital Humanities’ explored how digital technology can be used to make sense of historical (specifically Victorian) illustrations of Shakespeare’s plays. The project saw the launch of the Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive, an online open access resource…

Wood-engraved Pictorial Initials in Victorian Periodicals: Some Assembly Required, by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra is Professor of English and the Co-director of the Centre for Digital Humanities at Ryerson University, Toronto. She is co-investigator on the Children’s Literature Archive (CLA) project and the founder and principal investigator of the Yellow Nineties Online, a digital research environment for the study of aesthetic periodicals of 1890s Great Britain.…

‘A Personal Journey of Discovery’, by Douglas Downing

Douglas Downing is a descendant of the Dalziel family. He has a passion for all things digital, including photography, film and television production.  His early experiences working for ITV Anglia and the Natural History Museum, gave him the opportunity to indulge in his fascination of researching and rediscovering forgotten stories and exploring unknown places. Here, he…

‘Magic into Print’ – some thoughts on the history of wood engraving, by Brian Maidment

Brian Maidment is Professor of the History of Print at Liverpool John Moores University. His research interests are focused on the nineteenth century, especially mass circulation, popular and illustrated literature, and he has published widely on a broad range of topics, although more recently he has concentrated his interests on Victorian periodicals and early nineteenth-century…