March 02, 2009
Historians, students and art-lovers alike gathered February 10 as the Winter Park Institute hosted Romantic author and historian Michael Phillips. The lecture-style presentation included slides of artwork and various prints from the Victorian era.
Phillips is currently studying the life and work of William Blake, the English poet, printer and printmaker, in Lambeth. Phillips is writing Blake’s biography, titled Blake and the Terror, which will illustrate Blake’s life during the anti-Jacobin Terror in Britain.
Phillips is a respected educator. He has taught at Oxford University, University College London and Edinburgh University. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the University of York to start a one-year Master’s Degree in English and the History of Art, titled “Blake and The Age of Revolution,” which was offered for 16 consecutive years. Other accomplishments include various publications and papers about Blake, and printmaking. He applies his graphic techniques in the replication of Blake’s own prints for further research and publications.
Recently named an honorary member of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, Phillips continues to present Blake’s printmaking work around the world. In addition, he is scheduled to be a guest curator of the William Blake Exhibition, which will open in Paris at the Petit Palais in early April and will be on display through June 2009.
By Stephanie Posner (Class of 2011)