New Resources added: Bibliography entries

RIN member Paul Barnaby, of the Walter Scott Digital Archive, had made the following suggestions for the RIN bibliography, which I’ve now added:

Garside, Peter. ‘Illustrating the Waverley Novels: Scott, Scotland, and the London Print Trade, 1819-1836’, The Library, 11 (2010), 168-96.

Garside, Peter. ‘Print Illustrations and the Cultural Materialism of Scott’s Waverley Novels’, in British Literature and Print Culture, ed. Sandro Jung (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2013), pp. 125-57.

(This essay collection also has a chapter by Sandro Jung on illustrations of Thomson’s The Seasons in the 1790s.)

Hill, Richard. ‘The Illustration of the Waverley Novels: Scott and Popular Illustrated Fiction’, Scottish Literary Review, 1.1 (2009), 69-88.

Hill, Richard. Picturing Scotland through the Waverley Novels: Walter Scott and the Origins of the Victorian Illustrated Novel. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010)

Westover, Paul. ‘Illustration, Historicism, and Travel: The Legacy of Sir Walter Scott’, in Necromanticism: Traveling to Meet the Dead, 1750-1860 (Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 142-73.

If you have any suggestions for texts we should include on the Bibliography page, or would like us to add your book or article, please email me at

Seminar ‘Early popular visual culture: dissemination networks and image traditions, 1700-1914’.

An invitation from Dr. Jeroen Salman,
Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University:

Seminar:  ‘Early popular visual culture: dissemination networks and image traditions, 1700-1914’.

Location and date
Bijzondere Collecties UvA,  Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC, Amsterdam, Van Leerzaal
Friday 26 September, 9.30 until 16.30


Information and registration
Dafna Ruppin                (

This seminar is about  image traditions in print and film culture as well as on the infrastructure, that is the production, distribution and reception, behind popular media such as penny prints, photographs and early movies (from the 18th until the 20th century).  The leading questions are: In what way did images of narratives, fictional heroes, national identities and colonial cultures change over time, and how was this influenced by the context in which these images were produced?  Who was responsible for the publication and production of these texts and images and what were their motives? What were the networks behind the production and distribution and how functioned the reception (reading, using, reviewing) of this material?

This seminar is a joint collaboration between two Utrecht projects: ‘Popularisation and Media Strategies (1700-1900)’ lead by Jeroen Salman and ‘The Nation and Its Other: The Emergence of Modern Popular Imagery and Representations’ lead by Frank Kessler. These projects are financed by NWO and part of the Cultural Dynamics research program.

The program of the seminar comprises keynote lectures by John Plunkett (Exeter) and Alexandra Franklin (Oxford) and lectures by the members of the two research groups: Frank Kessler, Sarah Dellmann, Dafna Ruppin, Jeroen Salman and Talitha Verheij.

Besides scholars in the field, we also invite research master students and PhD-students to participate (they will receive credits for it: 1 ECTS). The students have to prepare for this seminar by reading articles, formulating questions and handing in an abstract of a recent paper/thesis.

During lunch time the participants will be offered  a guided tour through the exhibition ‘Sterke verhalen’ (‘Tall tales’).

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New Resource Added: Walter Scott Illustrations

The following resources were suggested by Paul Barnaby, Project Officer for the Walter Scott Digital Archive, which draws upon the collections of Edinburgh University Library.

1) Walter Scott Image Collection (Paul Barnaby):

This is an image library of just over 1000 illustrations to the works of Walter Scott and other Scott-related publications. It is part of a larger site, the Walter Scott Digital Archive.

2) Illustrating Scott: A Database of Printed Illustrations to the Waverley Novels, 1814-1901 (Peter Garside and Ruth McAdams):


Blake, The Flaxmans, and Romantic Sociability: 18-19 July 2014

RIN member Luisa Calè (Birkbeck) asks me to post the following:

I hope you are enjoying the summer. I am writing to invite you to attend

Blake, The Flaxmans, and Romantic Sociability
18-19 July 2014
Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London

Registration and Programme:

Blake’s sociability encompasses the real, the satyrical, and the imaginary. His visionary company includes ‘Companions from Eternity’, corporeal friends, and spiritual enemies. From the salon to the moon, across the geographies of ‘a certain island near by a mighty continent’, a mighty cast of characters intermingle. Enter Steelyard the Lawgiver and Mrs Nannicantipot, Suction the Epicurean, Sipsop the Pythagorean, Quid the Cynic, Inflammable Gas the Wind Finder, Etruscan Column the Antiquarian, Aradobo the Dean of Morocco, Obtuse Angle, Tilly Lally the Siptippidist, Miss Gittipin, Gibble Gabble, and Scopprell. Their imaginary, emergent, and satyrical disciplines include ‘Fissic Follogy, Pistinology, Aridology, Arography, Transmography, Phizography, Hogamy HAtomy,& Hall that’. This wild jamboree is a record of the convivial friendship and patronage of John and Ann Flaxman, Harriet and her husband the Reverend Anthony Stephen Mathew, who provided the young artist with ‘The Bread of sweet Thought and the Wine of Delight’.

Starting from the world of An Island in the Moon, this conference illuminates Blake’s relationship with the ‘Sculptor of Eternity’ and his circle from the early days to the ‘Regions of Reminiscence’, from the 1780s to the 1820s, following the Flaxmans across the channel, into the cosmopolitan networks of the Grand Tour, in order to recover the material cultures, sites, and dynamic forms of their Romantic sociability.

Conference organizers: Helen Bruder and Luisa Calè
To book a place to attend the conference, you need to follow the link at the bottom of the website.