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19th-Century European Picture-Books in Colour

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 PiCoBoo project word cloud

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Project "PiCoBoo" data sheet

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Organization address
address: KINGS GATE
postcode: NE1 7RU

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-24   to  2021-01-09


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 Project objective

The PiCoBoo project aims to assess the significance of 19th-century European picture-books, printed in colour for children, as a catalyst for major cultural and social changes. From the 1830s, new techniques were developed that allowed to print colour in a cheaper, greater and more refined extent: for the first time, people – no matter their age, gender, social class, ethnicity, nationality – saw the world in colour. It is remarkable that this major revolution in visual culture had its birth in books for children. It is doubly remarkable that neither children’s book scholars nor book historians have investigated the genesis, development and effects of this major shift in print culture. We lack studies of how colour became prevalent in children’s books, expanded more widely through print and spread across national boundaries. PiCoBoo will draw new attention to this important chapter in the history of the book through publications, exhibitions and conferences. Adopting an object-based interdisciplinary approach, this will be the first detailed account of 19th-century colour picture-books for children: what they were, when, where and how they were made, who produced them and for whom, what their role in cultural, publishing and visual history and their long-term influence. In the absence of European aggregators of children’s books, PiCoBoo will build a network of collections of colour picture-books and, in the unreliability of collection and library catalogues, it will establish protocols for recognising and cataloguing them. PiCoBoo will be hosted by the Children’s Literature Unit at Newcastle University, UK, with a Secondment at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and in partnership with Seven Stories, the UK’s National Centre for Children’s Books. It is especially timely because only recently the Alderson Collection, the most significant gathering of British children’s books still in private hands, has been donated to Newcastle and made accessible to the public.

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