Felicity Myrone

Felicity Myrone
Position
Lead Curator, Western Prints and Drawings
Specialism
Prints and drawings
Department
Collections

Felicity Myrone is an art historian and curator with a particular interest in 17th-19th-century works on paper, their collecting histories, and the historical relationships between the image collections at the British Library and British Museum.

She worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings before joining the British Library as Curator of Topography in 2006. In 2015 she became Lead Curator, Western Prints and Drawings, with sole responsibility for prints and drawings in the printed books, maps and manuscripts collections.

She led an externally funded team cataloguing and digitising George III’s maps and views, the King’s Topographical Collection, and managed a related research project, Transforming Topography. One outcome of the latter is the British Library webspace, Picturing Places. Other projects include ongoing cataloguing of prints and drawings, and incorporation of Mark McDonald’s catalogue of Cassiano dal Pozzo’s print collection and the BL satires described by Stephens and George.

She has hosted PhD placements on Charles I's Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, William Blake, the King's Maritime Collection and the King's Topographical Collection.   

Felicity's current projects involve writing the first handbook to the prints and drawings collections with the support of a 2021 Getty Paper Project publication grant and leading a research project on prints held by both the British Library and British Museum. Both build on her 2019-20 Paul Mellon Mid-Career Fellowship, Art in the Library, which investigated how the fused and intertwined institutional histories of the British Museum, Natural History Museum and British Library have shaped attitudes to prints and drawings. 
 
Her research on the history and scope of the collections has previously involved hosting invited workshops in 2013 and 2015, and an international conference in 2016. In autumn 2021 she co-hosted an international online conference with Mark Hallett of the Paul Mellon Centre. She was awarded the Ian Willison Fellowship to the Rare Book School, University of Virginia in 2009 and a Georgian Papers Fellowship in 2016. 
 
She is a Member of the AHRC Peer Review College, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Trustee of the Walpole Society.

Publications

Articles

 

Kings Topographical Collection

King’s Topographical Collection Cataloguing and Digitisation

This project catalogued and digitised George III’s collection of around 40,000 maps and views.

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Transforming Topography

Transforming Topography

This project aims to transform perceptions of topographical imagery.

All projects