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Stephen Farthing in his London studio.

Stephen Farthing in his London studio.

13 October 2015, Senate House Library

Stephen Farthing is Roostein Hopkins Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts, London.

Due to limited space it is necessary to reserve a free ticket in advance.

‘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 technological developments generated new visual forms for artists, from the earliest printed books, sketches and objects. Drawing inspiration from universal themes of the natural and the divine, they then transformed people’s perceptions of art.

This helped to develop our understanding of visual culture — allowing us to see the visual as we have never seen it before.

From the blog

Karen Attar takes a look at Kipling’s work. Surprisingly, the jungle descriptions in The Jungle Book are most likely based on photographs. Mowgli’s adventure helped inspire Edgar Rice Burroughs’s tales of Tarzan.

Many fine Kipling editions are held by the Library, in the Sir Louis Sterling’s collection. Some of these include books bound in blue levant morocco with shark-skin doublures and snake-skin flyleaves.

The Jungle Book, upper board

The Jungle Book, upper board