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POLITICS PERSONIFIED: PORTRAITURE, CARICATURE AND VISUAL CULTURE IN BRITAIN, C. 1830-80. Henry Miller. Manchester University Press, 2015. Distributed by Oxford University Press. 254 pp. with 40 ills. 24 x 16 cm. ISBN 9780719090844 In English.
Publisher's description: The remarkable popularity and cultural resonance of political likenesses in the Victorian period is the central theme of this book, which explores how politicians and publishers exploited new visual technology to appeal to a broad public. The first extensive study of the role of commercial imagery in nineteenth century politics, Politics Personified shows how visual images created and reshaped political identities, constructed political narratives and projected a favourable public image of politics and political actors. Furthermore, it offers fascinating insights into how politicians themselves negotiated their relationship with this imagery. Drawing on a vast and diverse range of sources, including prints, photographs, paintings, illustrations, banners, statues, medals and coins, this book highlights how and why politics was visualised, but also how these images were critically received and used. Beginning with an examination of the visual culture of the 1832 Reform Act and the emergence of new visual technologies, the study investigates how Reformers, Conservatives and Radicals used portraiture to connect with supporters and build identity.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1800-1900 — Drawing and Watercolor — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164057
Hardcover $105.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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