Although there is still some on-site photography to take place down at Birmingham Oratory, this week CHICC celebrate the completion of principal photography of the Newman Archive. In total, the project has taken three years, comprising of 11 batches (238 boxes in total), and the grand total of images generated here at John Rylands Library is 233,886.
Batch 10 included some fascinating photo collections, and it seems the Cardinal was partial to a portrait – and certainly not camera shy! One album consisted entirely of portraits. I have selected some of my favourites, and would go as far as to speculate if he were alive today, he would more than likely be a big fan of the selfie!
‘The Last Portrait of the Cardinal
St Philips Day
May 26 1890
The Cardinal died
August 11th 1890′.
Although CHICC still have some digitisation and physical object photography to complete down at Birmingham Oratory, this will personally be my last blog post on the Newman Project, as my role comes to an end today and I’ll also be leaving John Rylands Library. It’s truly been a fascinating project to be a part of and it’s been a privilege to work with CHICC.
I’ll leave you with a beautiful poem by P.J. O’Kennedy titled John Henry Newman, which was published upon his death alongside his obituary: