Course Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Savage (IES)
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House
The history of printing is not in black and white. Colour played an essential role in print culture even before Gutenberg printed his Bible, but it has long hidden in plain sight because colour printing is rarely recorded. This interdisciplinary, introductory course provides an overview of colour printing techniques in the West from manual techniques c.1400 through the development of chromolithography in the mid-1800s. Discussions will be based on the close analysis of many kinds of content, including text, images, music, diagrams, maps, scientific tools and mathematical figures. By discussing colour-specific issues in the design, production and use of printed material across diverse kinds of content, participants will learn how to identify the most common techniques for printing colour in the hand-press period.