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Stephen Farthing in his London studio.

Stephen Farthing in his London studio.

13 October 2015, Senate House Library

Stephen Farthing, Roostein Hopkins Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts, London, will talk about, ‘Drawing large amounts of information into a manageable form’.

‘Material mediums’. Sarah Sparkes (mixed media, 2014)

Image credit: ‘Material mediums’. Sarah Sparkes (mixed media, 2014)

Incorporating items from the Library’s impressive paranormal holdings, events include: talks, a live recreation of a fraudulent séance, and a guided walk to sites of spiritualist and occult interest.

Current exhibition


Exhibition: 28 Sept – 19 Dec 2015

This exhibition explores how – from the earliest printed books, sketches and objects – technological developments generated new visual forms.

And how artists used these new forms, along with universal themes of the natural and the divine, to transform perceptions of art.

From the blog

To celebrate the recent discovery of a portion of Albert Gallatin’s library in the collections of the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House Library and the IHR are proud to showcase items from their collections relating to Albert Gallatin and the history of the early American Republic.