Mount Fuji has long been praised by poets and depicted by artists for its beautiful shape and sacred status. Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) created numerous views of Mount Fuji over the course of his career, depicting the mountain in different seasons and from a variety of viewpoints.
Come and see a brand new FREE display of Hiroshige’s views of Mount Fuji, now open in Gallery 29.
The artworks, from the Ashmolean’s own collection, include views of Mount Fuji from several different Hiroshige series; some devoted entirely to Fuji and others in which Fuji appears in views of Edo, or is seen from the Tōkaidō Road, Japan’s major highway.
It’s International Children’s Book Day, and
we’ve decided to look at OUP’s contribution to Oxford don Lewis Carroll’s
classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. First published by Macmillan
in 1865, our expert printers were called upon to provide the unusual
typesetting for the passage known as ‘The Mouse’s Tale’.
Today, the original printing plate sits
proudly in the Oxford University Press museum, next door to the library,
together with a copy of the passage from the 1865 edition.
In celebration of the European day of Languages on the 26th
September, here in the OUP Archives, we have a Victorian sample from the extensive
print shop that was closed in 1989.
This artefact shows a selection of the 900
or so languages that Oxford University Press could print at that time. The characters shown were
cut (on metal blocks) at the Oxford Press, by Mr John Streaks, who has also
made the greater number of the electrotype matrices which are stated in this
work to have been produced at the Press.
We are continuing the Alice in Wonderland theme this week here at the OUP Archives. Pictured is a “stereotype plate”, which is made by placing individual metal letters in sequence to make a mould. This mould is then used to create a cast, which is then used to form a metal plate. “Stereotype plates” would be made in metal for unusual page designs, such as this mouse tail page in Alice in Wonderland.
On this episode of Shakespeare Unlimited, we hear from Emma Smith, professor of Shakespeare studies at Oxford University and the author of The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Smith talks about the London print shop that produced the First Folio, 17th-century printing practices and copyright issues, the actors from Shakespeare’s company who collected the plays and the financial risk they were taking, and other aspects of the process for creating the book that gave us Shakespeare.
my favourite page from a new 8-page comic I’m working on- it’s about light and nuclear power and religion and all sorts of fun things… I’ve not worked in this way before, so it’s a pretty big learning curve, but I’m so happy with how it’s turning out!
This week in OUP Archives we found a picture of the copper matrix imported from the
Netherlands in the 17th century by John Fell, the man who was in
charge of the Press at the time. These moulds made the iron
punches (or letters) that were used in printing materials. The matrix bears
his name as a result, “Fell type”, and was considered state of the art equipment
in England at the time it was imported to the Press. The Press still has the
Fell type on site in Oxford!