Progress update, 11 to 17 May 2013

By Tim Causer, on 17 May 2013

Welcome along to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 11 to 17 May 2013, during which time further good progress has been made by volunteer transcribers. 8,526 words of Bentham text have been transcribed this week, along with 3,469 words of TEI mark-up.

5,585 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 16 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 5,303 (94.9%!) are complete and locked. We are achingly close to reaching a completion rate of 95%.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows

One interesting find from the last week was JB/107/117/001, entitled ‘Expressing an image by colours’ (or ‘painting’, for the non-Benthamic among us). In this manuscript, Bentham offers tips on how various objects should be represented by artists, including how lighting, distance, opacity and so on (or ‘Opticks’) have to be taken into account. Particular attention is paid to where the ‘image to be expressed is of animated matter’, and that the artist must account for anatomy, movement, and the ability to discriminate ‘the effect produced upon the body by the general character of the mind of the individual’. The manuscript concludes by suggesting that a painter ‘should be a naturalist & a phisiologist [sic]’. Thanks to Jonathan Targett for transcribing this one!

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham over the past seven days. It remains greatly appreciated by us all.