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Submissions may range from 200 to 5,000 words (with footnotes and image captions included in the word count) and contain a maximum of twelve illustrations. All contributions should be preceded by an abstract of three to four sentences and no more than 150 words outlining what is new about the material. Image captions should appear at the end of the document. Submissions should be emailed to or presented on a USB memory stick. You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt within three weeks; please contact the editor again if this is not the case.

The text, including footnotes, should be formatted in Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced and without subheadings. Quotations should be in English; if the original language is deemed essential, this should be given in a footnote, in single (‘  ‘) rather than double quotation marks. English quotations should be given modern spelling and punctuation. Inscriptions, titles of works of art, books and periodicals should be in italics. Titles of works of art should be in English.

Dates should be given in the form: 17 March 1513, and in references to centuries the ordinal should be spelled out, as in ‘nineteenth century’. When an artist is mentioned for the first time first and last name and life dates should be given e.g. Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–78). When the dates for works of art are given, these should be without parantheses, as in ‘Picasso’s Guernica, of 1937′. When discussing books in the main body of the text, place and date of publication should be given within parentheses, as in ‘Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (London, 1492)’.

Footnotes should be as brief and as few as possible and serve to provide literature references rather than asides on the subject. They should be linked electronically to the main body of the text rather than appended as a separate document. The footnote numbers should be placed at the end of a sentence, after the full stop. ‘Edited by’, ‘revised by’ and ‘translated by’ should be written in full and follow the title. Where there are more than three editors or authors, the name of the first should be given, followed by ‘et al.’. Note the following examples:

  1. P. Hughes, ‘Patronage and Pedagogy: The British Institution in the Early Nineteenth Century’, Art History, viii, 1967, pp. 65–78.
  2. A. Griffiths, The Print in Stuart Britain 1603–1689, London, 1998, p. 41.
  3. A Concise Encyclopaedia of the Italian Renaissance, edited by J. R. Hale, London, 1981, p. 214.
  4. M. Smith, Constable, Cambridge, MA, 1984, pp. 239–42.
  5. Ibid., p. 248.
  6. Griffiths, op. cit., p. 52.
  7. A. von Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, Vienna, 1803–21, xv, p. 138, no. 14.
  8. S. Turner, The New Hollstein: Wenceslaus Hollar, vi, edited by G. Bartrum, Ouderkerk aan den IJssel, 2011, no. 1824.

Image Captions should include:

  1. Name of the printmaker, or artist if not a print. If desired, the caption may include the name of the designer of the original image, as in Pieter van Heyden after Pieter Bruegel the Elder. If the printmaker is unknown, ‘Anonymous artist’ should be used. 
  2. Title in italics.
  3. Year or range of years, if date is known.
  4. State, as in ‘fourth state’ or ‘state iv/6’, but only if relevant to the text.
  5. Medium, described in full.
  6. Dimensions in mm with height before width (to the platemark in the case of intaglio prints such as etching and engraving, to the edges of the image/matrix if otherwise, such as woodcut, lithograph or screenprint; if either is unknown, please specify that the measurements are of the sheet).
  7. Location of image and collection.

    e.g. Damien Hirst, Memento (Butterfly), 2008, photogravure etching, 933 x 858 mm (London, Private collection © the artist). 

For a book illustration, e.g. Philips Galle after Maerten van Heemskerck, St Philip Baptizing the Ethiopian, from Acta Apostolorum (Antwerp, 1582), engraving, 212 x 272 mm (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum).

Please note that inventory number, accession numbers, shelfmarks or donor information are not part of the caption. If they are deemed essential, please footnote the sentence containing the fig. ## reference and there add the information.

Illustrations should be submitted as jpegs or tiffs at a minimum of 300 dpi, at least 15 cm/6 inches wide and approximately 10 MB (but no more than 30 MB) or as high quality photographs or transparencies. The electronic files for the images should be labelled fig.1, fig.2 and so on, but only as full numbers, not fig.4b for instance. If there are more than three illustrations, these should be sent as a single mailing via WeTransfer, a free cloud-based file transfer service. References to illustrations should appear at the end of the sentence, just before the full stop, with ##1 etc. underlined and in bold, as (fig. ##1), (fig. ##2). Images should be taken directly from the object, not from a book or other reproduction.

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