Two stunning exhibitions in Central Library showcase some rarely-seen treasures from our collections.
Pieces of Heaven: Childhood Dreamland as seen by Crane, Caldecott, Greenaway and Rackham shows how these 19th century illustrators helped create children’s books as we know them today.
Faika Cansin Gursoy, a Masters student at the University of Edinburgh, who put together the exhibition, told us that “working with the Central Library’s rare collections was an exceptional period of my life”.
Faika has done a stunning job in selecting some incredible illustrated books to include in the exhibition which you can view in the Central Library staircase and foyer until 28 April.
Clouded Mirror, Tinted Lens: Japan Reflected Through Foreign Eyes explores Western biases in photographic interpretations of Japan at the time of the country’s “opening” to the world in the 19th century.
Clouded Mirror, Tinted Lens is the culmination of a year-long collections research internship undertaken by Stéphanie Hornstein as part of her master’s in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh.
Stéphanie is particularly interested in the representation of women in 19th century photography, and has put together the exhibition using items from the library’s Henry Dyer Collection of Japanese Art.
Watch this short film to find out more about the Henry Dyer Collection.
Clouded Mirror, Tinted Lens is on display in the Mezzanine floor of Central Library (one floor down from the entrance) until 29 April.