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About the Project

This Scottish Universities Research Collections Associate Scheme (SURCAS) project is funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH). Its aim is to celebrate the rare books collections of two SURCAS member institutions – the University of Glasgow and the University of St Andrews. In order to explore these diverse and colourful collections, the project looks at a cross-section of books on colour, published between 1677 and 1846. Through newly commissioned images and historical discussion of the items, the project explores the changing shape of colour throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as illustrated by these two unique collections.

About the Researcher

Joyce Dixon is a PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and a graduate of the MA Writing programme at the Royal College of Art. Her current research focusses on the art and history of the early nineteenth-century colour manual Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours (1814).


joyce.dixon [at] ed.ac.uk