Call for Contributions for the book Printing Colour 1700-1830: Histories, Techniques, Functions and Receptions (deadline 8 June 2018)

Elizabeth Savage Announcement
Subject Fields
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Digital Humanities, Fine Arts, Literature, Popular Culture Studies

Deadline: 8 June 2018 via
Fields: Art History, Book History, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Printing History, Visual Culture
Title: Printing Colour 1700-1830: Histories, Techniques, Functions and Receptions
Editors: Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies), Margaret Morgan Grasselli (National Gallery of Art)
Following from the award-winning volume Printing Colour 1400-1700, Printing Colour 1700-1830 will be the first handbook of early modern colour printmaking in the long eighteenth century. It will contribute to a new, interdisciplinary paradigm for the history of printed material in the west. It aims to understand how new (and old) forms of colour printing changed communication during the late handpress period, from the invention of trichromatic printing until the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of chromolithography allowed the mass production of diverse colour-printed materials.
The discussion will encompass all media, techniques, and functions, from text to image, fashion to fine art, wallpaper to scientific communication. For this reason, submissions are sought from academics, curators, special collections librarians, printers, printmakers, cataloguers, conservators, art historians, book historians, digital humanities practitioners, scientists, and others who care for colour-printed material, seek to understand how it was produced and used, or engage with it in research.
Please submit 300-word abstracts by 8 June 2018 at Chapters of 4,000-6,000 words (including notes and captions) with up to 10 illustrations will be due 15 February 2019 for publication in mid-2020. The book will be peer-reviewed and published in full colour. Contributors will be responsible for sourcing images and copyright for their contributions, but they will qualify for fee waivers from many heritage collections because the publisher is a charitable academic press. This book is an output of the Printing Colour Project, For enquiries, please contact Gemma Cornetti at

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Dr Elizabeth Savage
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Lecturer in Book History and Communications, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge

The School of Advanced Study is the UK's national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences.

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