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The crowd and the building: Flux in the early Illustrated London News

The crowd and the building: Flux in the early Illustrated London News

Hultzsch, Anne ORCID: 0000-0003-4433-5083 (2019) The crowd and the building: Flux in the early Illustrated London News. Architecture and Culture, 6 (3). pp. 371-386. ISSN 2050-7828 (Print), 2050-7836 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/20507828.2018.1530419)

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Abstract

When the illustrated newspaper was “invented” in 1842, festivals soon became prime content for the young Illustrated London News. Presenting festivals from home and abroad, illustrated papers were full of images and descriptions of spectacle in motion – including spectacular architecture and people. What was the relationship between the crowd and the building, in word and image, and how did it relate to the role architecture played in the public sphere? This article argues that the increasing plasticity of the text, alongside the rising dominance of the image, turned printing from a static into an inter- active medium. The page transformed from a surface into a space that could capture figures and buildings in flux. As styles multiplied in the age of historicism, text and image in the Illustrated London News pro- vided an immersive, yet highly controlled, experience of the metropolis and its events.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: architecture, festival, nineteenth century, illustrated press, crowd
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2020 22:22
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28748

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