One Hundred and Sixty CopperplatesCommunity
13 September 10:30 - 13:30
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Part of our Historical Lecture Series, also includes cake and coffee and a tour of the Castle.
Thursday 13 September, 10.30am
One Hundred and Sixty Copperplates: Andrew Bell's Illustrations for the first edition (1771) of the Encyclopaedia Britannica
Andrew Bell (1725/6-1809) is best known as co-founder and co-publisher with Colin Macfarquhar of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but he was also the sole provider of images for the earliest editions. Ann Gunn examines the plates for the Encyclopaedia, the sources Bell used, and the importance he accorded the illustrations as an integral part of the publication.
Ann Gunn, Senior Lecturer and Director, Museum and Gallery Studies, has taught at St Andrews University since 1997. She is author of The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, a complete catalogue (2007). Her most recent publication is The Prints of Paul Sandby (1731-1809): A Catalogue Raisonné (2015). And her most recent project is a research workshop project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Printmaking in Scotland in the 18th century.