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William Blake Scholar to Speak on SCC Campus

Dr. Michael Phillips, an internationally known William Blake scholar, will be at Somerset Community College Monday, November 2, 2015 to informally demonstrate Blakes printing method during the day and give a lecture that evening.

Dr. Phillips will be demonstrating printing at 10:50 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. Each session will last roughly an hour and a half. Demonstrations will be held in the Citizens National Bank Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons on the Somerset North campus, located at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset.

The evening lecture, entitled Printing in the infernal method: William Blakes method of Illuminated Printing and the Role of Catherine Blake, will be held at 7 p.m., in the same location. The evening session will include a question and answer period and an informal exhibit of some of Dr. Phillips replica prints, which will also be available for sale. All events are free and open to the public.

To recreate the work of Blake, and to understand how the works were created, Dr. Phillips worked for more than 25 years researching the materials and methods Blake used in producing his illuminated books. His archive of research and experiments is now part of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress in association with the Blake Collection formed by Lessing J. Rosenwald. It includes photographic materials used in re-creating and perfecting replica relief-etched copper plates, papers old and new used in printing, notes of experiments in matching Blakes coloured inks using historic pigments, and recovering his method of colour printing, as well as copper plates, proofs and sets of printed impressions, that are all now available for study.

Examples of his re-creations of Blakes relief-etched copper plates and printed impressions are also in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library, Pierpont Morgan Library, Department of Rare Books, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, Victoria University Library, University of Toronto, the Manuscript, Archives amp; Rare Book Library of Emory University, University of Glasgow Special Collections, and the British Library, as well as other public and private collections.

Dr. Phillips taught at Oxford, University College London and Edinburgh University before joining the interdisciplinary Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. He now lectures and gives Blake printmaking demonstrations internationally.

He has also been guest curator of major exhibitions of Blake in London, England, New York and Paris, France. Most recently he guest curated William Blake Apprentice amp; Master at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, England.

Dr. Phillips has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Yale Centre for British Art, British Library Centre for the Book, a British Academy Research Readership in the Humanities, Waynflete Lectureship, Magdalen College, Oxford and the Medal of the Collge de France.

For more information on the event at SCC, email Wanda.Fries@kctcs.edu. To find out more about Dr. Phillips, visit williamblakeprints.co.uk.