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1 December, 13.00–14.00

Richard Rawlinson’s copper plates at the Bodleian Library

Chiara Betti

This seminar, featuring IES PhD student Chiara Betti, describes her work as a LAHP CDA recipient working with Elizabeth Savage and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. The project focuses on the provenance, history, and future curatorial treatment of the 752 copper plates bequeathed by Richard Rawlinson (1690–1755) to the University of Oxford. Betti’s research uses an interdisciplinary approach to advance understanding of this unique corpus of print history as cultural heritage objects in and of themselves, not as secondary to the material they were used to print. The project supports research into printing matrices and their curation, as well as their connection to relevant areas of study such as art history, the history of collections, and materials science. 


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