Drawn to Books

The progressive Birmingham School–the country’s first municipal art school–trained women in the fine and applied arts at the end of the 19th century. These artists built upon Pre-Raphaelite influences to define an identifiable Birmingham style, often launching successful careers.

This exhibition features book (and book-related) illustrations from a range of artists including Celia Levetus, Georgie Gaskin, and Mary Newill. Supported by Winterbourne House and Garden, the Cadbury Research Library, and the EDACS 19th-century Centre, the exhibition was partly curated by 3rd-year English students from the University of Birmingham’s Nineteenth Century Centre

The exhibition is open daily and standard admission charges applies (free for University of Birmingham staff and students)

Violet Holden's book plate

Violet Holden’s book plate