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In 2023, the prize was awarded to:

Sasha Gardner, 'Light out of darkness: women wood engravers of the 20th century and the Jaffé collection at Newnham College'

Newnham College Library has recently acquired a collection of around 450 books by and about women engravers, assembled by alumna and engraver Patricia Jaffé. This essay explores the process by which Jaffé assembled her collection, and the story it tells about the history of women wood engravers. It outlines some of the joys and challenges of cataloguing a collection, spanning the 20th century and featuring over 100 artists, in which the textual content of the books is of secondary importance to their illustrations. It also looks at which engravers were included in and which excluded from the collection, and discusses the potential for expansion in the future.