The 1486 Book of St Albans is famous for containing the first colour-printing in England. But how were its pictures produced?
In this entertaining, accessible talk, Elizabeth Savage looks closely at the colour illustrations to explain why they can have been printed only in a unique printing technique. She will explore why this method would have been created specifically for this ambitious project and why it seems to have been never used again.
Participants will learn about the emergence of colour printing in the West, and they will never look at the Book of St Albans in the same way again.Dr Raphaële Mouren will be present as respondent and will open discussions.
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided
Dr Elizabeth Savage is Lecturer in Book History and Communications at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. As an art historian, bibliographer, and printer, she specialises in the history of colour printing in late medieval and early modern Europe. Her latest book is Printing Colour 1400-1700, the first-ever handbook of early colour printing techniques that ends where most histories of colour printing begin. She has curated exhibitions of early colour prints at the British Museum and Cambridge University Library.
Dr Raphaële Mouren, a resident of St Albansm is Reader in History of the Book and Libraries and director of the Library, The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She studies the cultural history of the book and the relationship between authors and printers in the 16th century.