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

Hultzsch, AK; (2019) The Crowd and the Building: Flux in the Early Illustrated London News. Architecture and Culture , 6 (3) pp. 371-386. 10.1080/20507828.2018.1530419. Green open access

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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 medium into an interactive one. 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.

Type: Article
Title: The Crowd and the Building: Flux in the Early Illustrated London News
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2018.1530419
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/20507828.2018.1530419
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions
Keywords: architecture, festival, nineteenth-century, illustrated press, crowd
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058726
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