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Children's Guides take
young museumgoers on a scavenger hunt of the current exhibition and Shakespeare
Gallery. Free at the visitor's desk.
Visiting the Folger
Miscellany is not a book to be read from beginning to end.Start
anywhere and savor the vibrant patterns, moralizing rhymes, historical
and scriptural texts, and colorful pictures-the dialogue between
word and image that makes it a unique mixture of many familiar genres.
Trevelyon's 600-page manuscript can best be described as a prototype
coffee table book, created for the entertainment, education, and
edification of his friends and family. The subject matter leaps
from mundane to mythical, poetic to practical. Familiar scenes of
domesticity and husbandry are intertwined with epic religious and
Trevelyon trawled chronicles, almanacs, broadsides, emblem books,
and the Bible for his source material, appropriating texts and images
from an unknown number of books, woodcuts, and engravings. But one
could hardly accuse him of lacking an imagination. While most of
the drawings are amusingly primitive, the overall effect is extraordinary.
Viewing the pages individually, one loses the impact of his use
of repeated visual imagery and ornamental borders. The manuscript
is an attempt to create order and calm out of a disorderly and chaotic
Beginning in 1995, Folger conservators restored the entire manuscript,
reversing earlier repairs, removing patches, and strengthening the
pages. As well as offering a rare snapshot of the concerns and interests
of a well-read London craftsman in Shakespeare's England, the exhibition
celebrates the completion of this ambitious project.
Curator of Manuscripts
Erin Blake, Curator
Curator of Books
Head of Conservation
for Folger exhibitions comes from
The Winton and Carolyn Blount Exhibition Fund