Writing for Romantic Heirs, Naomi Billingsley talks about her role in ‘Burning Bright’, a real-world and online exhibition exploring the influence of the work of William Blake as engraver, artist and visionary.
William Blake, ‘Illustrations of the Book of Job’ (London: published by William Blake, 1825)
Copyright Rylands Collection (John Rylands University Library)
As recently announced on the Romantic Heirs blog, the John Rylands Library has published an online version of the exhibition ‘Burning Bright: William Blake and the Art of the Book‘. Based on Colin Trodd’s book Visions of Blake : William Blake in the Art World 1830-1930 (Liverpool University Press, 2012) and curated by Stella Halkyard (Visual Collections & Academic Engagement Manager, JRL), the exhibition explored Blake’s work as a commercial engraver and his influence on Victorian writers, artists and designers.
I’ve been closely involved with this project: I developed the structure and wrote the text for the web exhibition, and during the physical exhibition delivered activities for schools and the general public.
I started my PhD, which examines the figure of Christ in Blake’s visual works, at Manchester in September 2012, so the exhibition appeared at the perfect time for me to have something to get stuck into apart from …read more