Dr Naomi Billingsley

Naomi Billingsley is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester. Her research is concerned with the intersection of the histories of Christianity and art in Britain, especially in the Romantic period. Her current project ‘The Formation and Reception of the Macklin Bible’ examines an important illustrated Bible, published in London in 1800.


Naomi completed her PhD at the University of Manchester (2012-2015) on the figure of Christ in William Blake’s pictorial works. She is currently working on a monograph based on this research, and on three other articles which extend aspects of her PhD research on specific groups of designs by Blake. 


After completing her PhD, and before her current role in Manchester, Naomi was Bishop Otter Scholar for Theology and the Arts in the Diocese of Chichester, and taught Art History at Birkbeck, University of London.



Book chapter


·       ‘Citizens of “London” as Members of Christ’s Divine Body in William Blake’s Biblical Illustrations’, in Ben Quash, Aaron Rosen, Chloë Reddaway (eds.), Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion (I.B.Tauris, 2017), pp. 89-101.


Journal article


·       (forthcoming) ‘Poetic Genius: Blake as Prophet of Universal Religion’, in Visual Culture in Britain (2017, special issue: ‘William Blake: The Man from the Future’, eds. Colin Trodd and Jason Whittaker).




  • ‘David Jones: Vision and Memory’, in Art and Christianity, 85 (2016), p. 11. 
  • ‘William Blake: Apprentice and Master’, in Art and Christianity, 81 (2015), p. 9.
  • ‘Genesis: William Blake’s Last Illuminated Work’, in Visual Culture in Britain, 15.3 (2014), pp. 366-68.