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Funded PhD (Northern Ireland): Reimaging, Remarking and the Curation/Collecting of the Fine Art Print

Ulster University, in collaboration with Armagh Robinson Library, is seeking to recruit a fully funded PhD student to work on the collection of over 4,000 16th-18th century prints bequeathed to the library by its founder, Archbishop Richard Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby. Known as the 'Rokeby Collection', the prints represent the best of the medium across early modern Europe. It has many strengths, including French portraiture of the seventeenth century, British and Irish landscape engravings of the eighteenth century and reproductive printmaking, making available the best of the continental collections of painting and sculpture for the citizens of Ireland. It is one of the few intact 18th-century print collections to survive and still held its original setting.

The PhD student will investigate how and why the Rokeby Collection was put together, the techniques and technologies employed by the artists and craftspeople represented, and the significance of the collection and its subject matter within and beyond the island of Ireland. In this context, it will situate it within the history of eighteenth-century collecting.

The project will be undertaken across two main sites (Belfast and Armagh). Armagh Robinson Library is the oldest public library in Northern Ireland, an accredited museum and popular visitor attraction. The University has a comprehensive research training suite of modules and courses, some mandatory, and others tailored to the specific requirements of each discipline - and in that regard the researcher will be well-supported in that they can access cross-disciplinary training support. They also have full access to the excellent printmaking studio and related facilities at the Belfast School of Art on the Belfast campus.

Further information on the Rokeby Collection can be found here:

For further information on the PhD studentship, including the funding available, or to make an application please go to:

CLOSING DATE: Monday 28 February 2022 (UK TIME)

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