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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 AbstractWhen 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 interactive 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 provided an immersive, yet highly controlled, experience of the metropolis and its events. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

The Crowd and the Building: Flux in the Early Illustrated London News

Architecture and Culture , Volume 6 (3): 16 – Sep 2, 2018

The Crowd and the Building: Flux in the Early Illustrated London News

Architecture and Culture , Volume 6 (3): 16 – Sep 2, 2018

Abstract

AbstractWhen 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 interactive 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 provided an immersive, yet highly controlled, experience of the metropolis and its events.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2018.1530419
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Abstract

AbstractWhen 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 interactive 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 provided an immersive, yet highly controlled, experience of the metropolis and its events.

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 2, 2018

Keywords: architecture; festival; nineteenth century; illustrated press; crowd

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