Politics personified: Portraiture, caricature and visual culture in Britain, c.1830-80 by Henry MillerPolitics personified: Portraiture, caricature and visual culture in Britain, c.1830-80 by Henry Miller

Politics personified: Portraiture, caricature and visual culture in Britain, c.1830-80

byHenry Miller

Hardcover | March 1, 2015

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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 commercialimagery 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 politiciansthemselves 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 criticallyreceived 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. The role of group portraiture in fashioningnational reforming narratives and the presentation of MPs as independent representatives reiterates the importance of the image in any understanding of Victorian popular politics and political culture. The final part of the book examines how major politicians, including Lord Palmerston, WilliamGladstone and Benjamin 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.
Henry Miller is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century British History at the University of Manchester.
Title:Politics personified: Portraiture, caricature and visual culture in Britain, c.1830-80Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:March 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0719090849

ISBN - 13:9780719090844

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The visual culture of reform, 1830–322. Party politics and portraiture, 1832–463. Radical visual culture: from caricature to portraiture4. Reforming pantheons: political group portraiture and history painting5. Representing the representatives: MPs and portraiture6. Palmerston and his rivals7. Disraeli, Gladstone and the personification of party, 1868–80ConclusionSelect bibliographyIndex