Andrew Bell (1725/6-1809) is best known as co-founder and co-publisher with Colin Macfarquhar of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but he was also the sole provider of images for the earliest editions. Ann Gunn examines the plates for the Encyclopaedia, the sources Bell used, and the importance he accorded the illustrations as an integral part of the publication.

All events in our lecture series include an opportunity to meet the organiser, coffee and cakes and a special tour of the Castle.

About the lecturer

Ann Gunn, Senior Lecturer and Director, Museum and Gallery Studies, has taught at St Andrews University since 1997.  She is author of The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, a complete catalogue (2007).  Her most recent publication is The Prints of Paul Sandby (1731-1809): A Catalogue Raisonné (2015). And her most recent project is a research workshop project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Printmaking in Scotland in the 18th century.

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The Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh

Wednesday 21 November 2018, 10:30am

Like all the chartered towns of Europe, Edinburgh had its guilds...

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