Fonds 74 - Michael Phillips fonds

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CA ON00399 74

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Michael Phillips fonds

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  • 1957-2015 (Creation)

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3.05 m of textual records
217 photographs : col.
280 photographs : col. slides
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(1940-)

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Michael Phillips is an internationally recognized William Blake scholar and academic. He was born to Paul Curtis Phillips and Louise Phillips in New York City and grew up in Southern California.

Phillips obtained a BA in English from Loyola University, Los Angeles, in 1963, and, in 1968, earned a PhD from Exeter; his thesis was titled The Poetical Sketches of William Blake . He also has a BPhil in Modern English Studies from Oxford.

Phillips was influenced by his friendships with Shakespearian scholar G. Wilson Knight and prominent Blake scholar Sir Geoffrey Keynes and his work on William Blake became increasingly interdisciplinary over the course of his career. He trained in printmaking techniques at the Edinburgh College of Art and became a member of the professional Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, where he began successfully replicating Blake’s “illuminated printing” technique in studio. This printmaking training informed Phillips’ numerous publications, especially his book William Blake: The Creation of the Songs: From Manuscript to Illuminated Printing, 2000.

Phillips has taught at Oxford, University College London, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of York. He has also lectured and given Blake printmaking demonstrations internationally, including at Victoria University, University of Toronto, in 2012.

In addition, Phillips has been guest curator of William Blake exhibitions at Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Petit Palais in Paris, and, currently, for the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford.

His work has been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Yale Centre for British Art, British Library Centre for the Book, a British Academy Research Readership in the Humanities, Waynflete Lectureship, Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Medal of the Collège de France.

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These fonds consists of Michael Phillips' records relating to his academic writings, including his extensive correspondence with Blake scholars, publishers, and printers as well as records related to lectures, exhibits and research in printmaking, 1957-2015. The fonds is arranged typically by work or activity and includes the following subject headings: The Poetical Sketches of William Blake (Ph.D. Thesis, 1968); William Blake: Essays in Honour of Sir Geoffrey Keynes (published 1973); Lectures and Research, 1974-1976; Interpreting Blake: A Volume of Studies (published 1978); Modern Language Association's Special Session on the Bicentenary of Poetical Sketches (Dec. 1983); An Island in the Moon (published 1987); "The Composition of Pope's Imitation of Horace, Satire, II.i" (published in Alexander Pope: Essays for the Tercentenary, 1988); Tate Britain William Blake Exhibition and Catalogue (2000); The Creation of the Songs (published 2000); The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (published 2011); Items Relating to Geoffrey Keynes; Books Annotated by G. Wilson Knight; "The Printing of Blake's Illustrations to the Book of Job" (published 2005); "The Printing of Blake's America a Prophecy" (published March 2004); "Printing Blake's Songs, 1789-1794" (published September 1991); "William Blake and the Sophocles Manuscript Notebook" (published 1997); Research on printmaking and Blake's illuminated printing ; and "William Blake : Apprentice and Master" Exhibit at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford", etc.

Photographs are of images of works by Blake, printmaking techniques and tools as well as images used in the catalogue for the Ashmolean Museum's Blake exhibition in 2014.

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The fonds is stored in 16 boxes.

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