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The John Rylands Research Institute

The formation and reception of the Macklin Bible

Naomi Billingsley, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.

Single line engraving in black ink of a vision of Christ. Blake ensured this composition was simple and profound.
Single line engraving in black ink of a vision of Christ. Illustrator William Blake ensured this composition was simple and profound.

Naomi is working on a project about the Macklin Bible - an ambitious, illustrated Bible, published in London in 1800. The Bible included specially-commissioned plates by the leading artists of the day.

Naomi’s research will investigate the formation and reception of the Bible in the context of religious visual culture in the Romantic period. The project will make extensive use of the Bible Collection at the John Rylands Library, which includes four copies of the Macklin Bible, and numerous eighteenth-century illustrated Bibles to contextualise the Macklin.

The research will also draw on other collections at the Library, including visual collections and artists’ papers, as well as other collections in Greater Manchester, including the Whitworth, and Bolton Museums.