The early history of scrapbooking

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Dr Freya Gowrley

Freya is a Lecturer in History of Art and Liberal Arts at the University of Bristol, where she specialises in art and objects from the early modern period to the late nineteenth century. Freya’s research focuses on the relationship between identity and visual and material culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and North America, exploring this connection through work on the home, the collaged object, and the body. 

Her monograph, Domestic Space in Britain, 1750-1840: Materiality, Sociability and Emotion, c.1750-1840, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic in 2021. She also co-convene the Collage Research Network with Dr Cole Collins, which hosts a blog, newsletter, and events on the topic of collage.

Dr Freya Gowrley


From the library of Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966), the “Blood Book” (entitled “Durenstein” by its creator, the Victorian businessman and politician John Bingley Garland). The book is a collage assembled from several hundred engravings, to which droplets of “blood” (diluted red paint) and other ornaments have been added.

Source: Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas, Austin

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