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Early photographically illustrated books

Take a look at Victorian Britain as captured in almost 1,500 early photographic prints, including works by distinguished pioneers of the medium.

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Curator's introduction

Victorian Britain in 1,500 original prints

The development of photographically illustrated books parallels the explosion in communications technology during the 19th century. In a period of unprecedented advances in science, exploration, travel, tourism and industry, photography provided an exciting, innovative and accurate alternative to conventional methods of book illustration, such as woodcuts, etchings and engravings.

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Cascades On The Lyn

In the book 'Studies From Nature' Stephen Thompson evokes his feelings for the scenery of the Riv...

Engine Shaft At The 406, Cook's Kitchen Mine

J C Burrow's photographs provide an insight into the working conditions of miners in the late nin...


In Walter Scott's ballad 'The Lord of the Isles' the poet describes the basaltic columns and corm...

The Nave From The North End, Commencement Of Monti's Fountain

Construction work in progress at the nave of the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in Sydenham. Crys...

Blackshore, River Blythe, Suffolk

The Norfolk Broads, East Anglia, are characterised by networks of waterways, dykes and marshes. D...

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