Illustration Archive Launch

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Thanks to Nicky Lloyd for the following notice about an exciting new resource:


We are pleased to announce the launch of the Illustration Archive:

The archive contains over a million book illustrations from the British Library’s collections, taken from around 68,000 works of literature, history, geography and philosophy.  The images span the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century, covering a variety of reproductive techniques (including etching, wood engraving, lithography and photography).

Users can search across the whole range of illustrations and can view and curate online exhibitions, as well as creating and sharing their own collections of images from the archive.

The archive contains a wealth of images from the nineteenth century and plenty of illustrations of Romantic texts (and their authors!) so we encourage BARS members to take a look at the site.

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