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Monochrome Tomes: A Show and Tell of Black and White Book Illustration

Behind-the-Scenes Library Visit

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Monday 9 February 2015
2 — 4.30pm

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Charles Stewart

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Library Tour

Benedict Johnson

Spend an afternoon behind the scenes at the Royal Academy to discover the rich tradition of black and white book illustration and find out how it informed the gothic art of Charles Stewart.

In the beautiful surroundings of the RA Library, Amanda Doran, former curator of the ‘Punch’ archive, leads an intimate session exploring the history of 250 years of black and white book illustration. After a curator-led tour of the exhibition Charles Stewart: Black and White Gothic, guests have the unique opportunity to closely examine rare volumes from the Royal Academy’s historic book collection. Books on display will include Charles Stewart’s collection of Victorian illustrated novels, as well as the work of Tenniel, Doyle, The Robinson Brothers, Ardizzone, Searle, Charles Keeping and others.

Meet in the Front Hall


1.45 – 2pm Registration at the Learning Desk.

2 – 2.45pm Curator-led tour of the exhibition Charles Stewart: Black and White Gothic.

2.45 – 3.15pm Refreshments provided in the magnificent John Madejski Fine Rooms

3.15 – 4.15pm Explore and discuss the illustrated books in the RA’s Historic Book Collection in the RA Library

4.15 – 4.30pm Group discussion and Q&A with the curator

4.30pm End of visit

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Monday 9 February 2015

2 — 4.30pm

Library, Royal Academy, Burlington House

£28. Concessions £21. (incl. exhibition entry)