In the field of the visual arts, print negotiated the interrelationships between people and a proliferation of media, from exhibition catalogues to Academy lectures. These printed texts mediated the complex social interactions within exhibition spaces like the Salon at the Louvre and the Great Room at Somerset House. The exhibition catalogue, for example, acted as a kind of interactive tool, which patrons could use to engage directly with the subject or content of art works. At the same time, publications of Academicians’ printed lectures, like those by Sir Joshua Reynolds and John Opie, influenced developments in fine arts practices in France, Britain and beyond.