[Humanist] 30.451 events: the illustrated book in Britain 1830-1850

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Mon Oct 31 10:01:17 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 451.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2016 23:49:10 +0000
        From: Mia R <mia.ridge at gmail.com>
        Subject: IHR Digital History seminar, Nov 8 - Will Finley on The Pictorial Publisher: Agents, Technologies and the Illustrated Book in Britain 1830-1850

On Tuesday 8 November 2016, the IHR Digital History seminar is pleased to present Will Finley discussing 'The Pictorial Publisher: Agents, Technologies and the Illustrated Book in Britain 1830-1850'.

We hope to see you there in person or online.
Talk Abstract

In this talk, I will be examining the power relations involved in the production of the illustrated book within the context of nineteenth-century technological development. Changes in manufacture and the commercial market after 1830 marked the beginning of what David McKitterick has described as a ‘revolution’ in printing. By the second half of the nineteenth century, illustrations had become a ubiquitous feature within the pages of newspapers, periodicals, serials and books. The period between 1830 and 1850 in particular gave rise to the sophistication of wood engraving that laid the foundations for its ‘heyday’- to borrow a term from Paul Goldman- between 1855 and 1870. Scholars have widely recognised that publishers of these illustrated books enjoyed a great deal of autonomy within their production and commercialization. Yet these power structures were not always translated onto the printed pages. This paper seeks to examine the varying levels of autonomy the publisher had over the visual within illustrated publications. The use of computational techniques allows us to evaluate the degree in which the power of the publisher was reflected within the illustrated book and prompts us to consider how the tensions between those invested in the book’s production manifested itself on the printed pages.

About our speaker
Will Finley is a Collaborative PhD student (Sheffield University, British Library) working towards a digital history of printed book illustration.

About the seminar
Time: 5:15 - 6:30pm, 17 May 2016
Venue: John S Cohen Room 203, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Link: http://ihrdighist.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2016/07/20/tuesday-8-november-2016-will-finley-tbc/

As usual, you can attend in person or online. You are also welcome to join the convenors and speakers for a drink or meal afterwards.

To keep in touch, follow us on Twitter (@IHRDigHist) or at the hashtag #dhist.

We hope to see you there!

Best wishes,
The Digital History Seminar convenors - Mia Ridge (British Library), Adam Crymble (Hertfordshire), Matthew Phillpott (IHR), Melodee Beals (Loughborough), James Baker (Sussex), Tessa Hauswedell (UCL), Justin Colson (Essex), Richard Deswarte (UEA).

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