This new exhibition open in the Upper Library at Christ Church aims at revealing how widespread pagan and Christian imagery about monsters and ethereal beings is.
Among the exhibits on display will be manuscripts, early printed books and sketches by Lewis Carroll and Dean Liddell, as well as a drawing by John Tenniel and some engravings
A selection of drawings by Vice-Admiral Lord Mark Kerr (1778-1840) will also be on display on loan from the private collection of Hector McDonnell. Lord Mark’s drawings of bizarre, otherworldly creatures are of considerable significance, and are part of the foundations from which modern cartoon characters derive. They have been very largely ignored up to now, even though there are sets in various important public collections, including the British Library and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Other Worlds and Imaginary Beings: From Medieval Illumination to 19th-Century Drawings will open at 5:15 pm on Monday, 27 January 2014. The introductory talks by Professors Martin Kemp and Marina Warner will be followed by a small reception in the Upper Library at Christ Church.
Visiting hours Monday - Friday: 9.30 am - 1.00 pm; 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm (provided there is a member of staff available in the Upper Library).
A detailed illustrated catalogue is available for purchase from the Library.
Date of publication: January 2014
Publisher: Christ Church Library
ISBN: 978 1 872333 61 8
Bibliographic details: Paperback, 69 pages,
225x 150mm, 49 colour illustrations
Authors: Hector McDonnell, Cristina Neagu
To order a copy, please contact
Simon Offen, Deputy Development Director
Christ Church Association Vice President
Tel.: +44 (0)1865 286075, Email: email@example.com
Dr Cristina Neagu, Christ Church Library Oxford OX1 1DP,
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Cheques should be made payable to 'Christ Church, Oxford'.