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I-30. Advanced Seminar in Book Illustration Processes

Terry Belanger

This seminar provides those who have already taken Book Illustration Processes to 1890 (I-20) with a further opportunity to work with files and packets containing original illustrations (the basic course uses only about a quarter of the school's 400 illustration packets), and to look at some of the notable illustrated books in the UVa and RBS collections. The seminar will concentrate on book illustration between 1770 and 1914, though there will also be discussion of framing prints, ephemera, and maps, and some mention of earlier prints. More time will be spent on the historical contexts in which illustrations are produced than was the case with the basic course, but the focus of the seminar will nevertheless be more on identification techniques than on the aesthetic or social aspects of book illustration.

In their personal statement, applicants should report on their experiences in looking at prints since they took the basic course, and they are encouraged to list topics that they would particularly like this seminar to address.

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Course History


The course gains its "Advanced" title.


Terry Belanger teaches this course for the first time.