250 pages | 25 B/W Illus.
This book looks at the roots of a global visual news culture: the trade in illustrations of the news between European illustrated newspapers in the mid-nineteenth century. In the age of nationalism, we might suspect these publications to be filled with nationally produced content, supporting a national imagined community. However, the large-scale transnational trade in illustrations, which this books uncovers, points out that nineteenth century news consumers already looked at the same world. By exchanging images, European illustrated newspapers provided them with a shared, transnational, experience.
Introduction; 1. Readers all over the world: The audiences of the Illustrated London News, l’Illustration and the Illustrirte Zeitung, 1842-1870; 2. The transnational trade in illustrations of the news, 1842-1870; 3. Foreign images of war: L’Illustration’s images of the Crimean War in Cassell’s Illustrated Family Paper; 4. Images of the World: The transnational trade in illustrations and the visual representation of the Universal Exposition of 1867; Conclusion; Bibliography