Winter term ushers in a new exhibit in Special Collections, featuring nineteenth century British illustrated books. For many years, books for people of all ages included illustrations along with the text. Such images are often unfamiliar to most of today’s readers because, whether for scholarly or economic reasons, most of these books are printed today without the illustrations that originally accompanied them. This is unfortunate because many of these illustrations are great works of art and illuminate their accompanying text. The nineteenth century in Britain was a golden era for book illustration, producing some of the most important and beautiful illustrated books ever made. This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to see text and image together. It features illustrated editions of works by authors such as Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, and illustrators including Thomas Rowlandson, George Cruikshank, and Walter Crane.
Stop by Special Collections anytime during out open hours to see the exhibit.