In this Book

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The remarkable popularity 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 study of the role of commercial imagery in nineteenth-century politics, Politics personified shows how visual images projected a favourable public image of politics and politicians. Drawing on a vast and diverse range of sources, this book highlights how and why politics was visualised. Beginning with an examination of the visual culture of reform, the book goes on to study how Liberals, Conservatives and Radicals used portraiture to connect with supporters, the role of group portraiture, and representations of Victorian MPs. The final part of the book examines how major politicians, including Palmerston, Gladstone and Disraeli, interacted with mass commercial imagery. The book will appeal to a broad range of scholars and students across political, social and cultural history, art history and visual studies, cultural and media studies and literature.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of tables and figures
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. The visual culture of reform, 1830–32
  2. pp. 21-51
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  1. 2. Party politics and portraiture, 1832–46
  2. pp. 52-78
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  1. 3. Radical visual culture: from caricature to portraiture
  2. pp. 79-113
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  1. 4. Reforming pantheons: political group portraiture and history painting
  2. pp. 114-139
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  1. 5. Representing the representatives: MPs and portraiture
  2. pp. 140-166
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  1. 6. Palmerston and his rivals
  2. pp. 167-197
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  1. 7. Disraeli, Gladstone and the personification of party, 1868–80
  2. pp. 198-224
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 225-233
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  1. Select bibliography
  2. pp. 234-239
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 240-242
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781526111715
MARC Record
OCLC
980838326
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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