Dr Naomi Billingsley

Portrait of Naomi Billingsley, Research Development Manager
Research Development Manager
collaborative research, eighteenth century British art, William Blake, correspondence studies, Christianity and art

Naomi’s role involves facilitating and supporting research projects and collaborations at the British Library. She works primarily with curatorial colleagues in Western Heritage and Digital Scholarship, and with external partners working with British Library collections in these fields. Research collaborations that Naomi supports at the British Library include fixed-term projects funded by external bodies, and longer-term strategic partnerships.

Before joining the British Library, Naomi was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, where she was involved in a variety of research collaborations, including co-founding the Manchester Centre for Correspondence Studies. She previously held research roles at the Diocese of Chichester and King’s College London.

Naomi’s doctoral research focused on the figure of Christ in the art of William Blake, and she has since researched and published on topics including William Blake, twentieth century ecclesiastical art, and biblical painting and illustration in late eighteenth century Britain.



The Visionary Art of William Blake: Christianity, Romanticism and the Pictorial Imagination (London: I.B. Tauris, 2018).

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Digital edition

Bible Illustrations (Manchester Digital Collections, 2020).

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Selected articles and chapters

'“As the Eye Is Formed”: Seeing as Christ in Blake’s Bartimaeus', in The Figure of Christ in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Elizabeth Ludlow (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), pp. 39–52.

‘William Blake, Visionary Artist’, in Seventy-Second Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts [festival book] (Snape Maltings, 2019), pp. 35–38.

Re-viewing William Blake’s Paradise Regained (c.1816–1820)’, in Religion and the Arts 22.1–2 (2018), pp. 16–39.

‘“On the Stocks”: Biblical watercolours from the Felpham Period’, in William Blake in Sussex: Visions of Albion, ed. Andrew Loukes (London: National Trust in association with Paul Holberton Publishing, 2018), pp. 33–45.

Citizens of “London” as Members of the Divine Body in William Blake’s biblical illustrations’, in Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion, ed. Ben Quash, Aaron Rosen and Chloë Reddaway (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017), pp. 89–101.


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