Andrew Megaw

Nineteenth century British photographically illustrated books, from the 1840s to the mid 1870s, considered as historical artefacts

Camberwell College of Arts

For a short period of time, in the mid 19th century, the newly invented medium of photography was used to illustrate books. As no means had yet been invented to translate a photographic image unto the same printed plane as the text, original photographs were adhered into the books.

The purpose of my research is to examine these composite objects as an integrated whole rather than analysing the photographs in isolation. This research will be supported by placing it within the milieu and context of 19th  century publishing and society. Furthermore, I wish to consider these books in the context of their current condition and future preservation.

Supervisors

Professor Nicholas Pickwoad

Dr. Patrizia di Bello (external)