Using image collections and visual resources
The JRUL’s Special Collections contain a wealth of visual materials: prints, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and glass, as well as printed, illuminated, and painted books and manuscripts.
Many of these materials are to be found within our printed collections and archives, but there are also a number of discrete collections:
- The Holtorp collection of early printing, woodcuts, engravings and etchings; including major works of Dürer and other early masters.
- The Lawson collection containing many representations of John Wesley in ceramics and other media.
- The Viner and Perez bookplate collections.
- The George Johnson collection of wood-engravings.
Archives of artists, art critics and collectors include those of William Holman Hunt, Charles Fairfax Murray, John Ruskin, Marion Harry Spielmann, Walter Crane, Frank O. Salisbury, Margaret Pilkington, dom sylvester houédard, Li Yuan-chia, Jeff Nuttall, Walter Strachan, Allen Freer and Stephen Raw. The manuscript collections teem with examples of art and visual culture from the West, to the Near, Middle and Far East.
The entire history of photography is represented in the collections, ranging from Fox Talbot’s The Pencil of Nature (1844), and pioneering photographs taken by W.S. Jevons in Sydney, New South Wales, during the 1850s, to the experimental photography of the artist Li Yuan-chia in the late 20th century. Our archive collections contain countless photograph albums, lantern slides, glass-plate negatives and individual prints.
The Guide to Special Collections provides the best overview of the Library’s visual collections.
Luna, our image database, contains digital surrogates for many individual visual resources.