The Victorian Illustrated Book, Spring 2020 Dashboard

Description

This course explores the Victorian illustrated book as it came into being, flourished, and evolved during the long nineteenth century.  This writing-intensive Honors Forum course examines how a genre designed for adults found a home in children’s literature at the end of the nineteenth century and gains new expression in our time through the graphic classics, a prescient form of material culture. Students will learn how to evaluate and interpret an illustrated text by “reading” illustrations to decipher meaning, engaging in creative practice to become author-illustrators, and mounting an exhibition of Victorian illustrated books. With the move to online learning at Skidmore College, we will now create our exhibition on the Victorian era and book illustration by joining this group on COVE. Together we will build the exhibition through COVE's Gallery Builder.  Welcome to our group.  And let the fun begin!

Galleries, Timelines, and Maps

Chronology
Posted by Catherine Golden on Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 13:38

The Victorian era witnessed the rise of animal protection, zoos, pet keeping, natural history, cattle and sheep breeding, vegetarianism, antivivisection, and dog and cat shows.  But it also beheld big game hunting, blood sports, animal abuse, a burgeoning fashion industry that threatened animal populations, and widespread fears of our animal ancestry, sparked by Darwinian evolution. Animal artists drew exotic specimens and animals of all species observed from life and on location. In addition, artists and authors humanized animals or dressed them in Victorian clothes to point out social vices as well as rampant inequalities across the social classes in regard to wealth, education, and quality of life in general. Students in the "Victorian Illustrated Book" class at Skidmore College selected items to add to this chronology to set our gallery exhibit, "A Victorian Menagerie," in a cultural context. 

Gallery Exhibit
Posted by Catherine Golden on Friday, March 27, 2020 - 17:15

The Victorian era witnessed the rise of animal protection, zoos, pet keeping, natural history, cattle and sheep breeding, vegetarianism, antivivisection, and dog and cat shows.  But it also beheld big game hunting, blood sports, animal abuse, a burgeoning fashion industry that threatened animal populations, and widespread fears of our animal ancestry, sparked by Darwinian evolution. Animal artists drew exotic specimens and animals of all species observed from life and on location. In addition, artists and authors humanized animals or dressed them in Victorian clothes to point out social vices as well as rampant inequalities across the social classes in regard to wealth, education, and quality of life in general. 

This exhibition, based in part on the digitized Norman M. Fox Collection at Skidmore College, illustrates the ways the Victorians treat animals, anthropomorphize animals, put animals on display, and make animals an indelible part of... more

Map
Posted by Catherine Golden on Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 16:20

This map helps us to return to Victorian England and to begin to think like a Victorian.  The map features Hyde Park, which housed the Great Exhibition of 1851, the first ever world's fair.  There wasa large glass structure, dubbed The Crystal Palace by Punch, and it held wonders from all around the world. This account of a visit to the Great Exhibition comes from Charlotte Bronte (1816-55), beloved author of Jane Eyre, who is pictured here in a painting by George Richmond dating to 1850.

A visit to the Crystal Palace, 1851

charlotte bronte"Yesterday I went for the second time to the Crystal Palace. We remained in it about three hours, and I must say I was more struck with it on this occasion than...

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Individual Entries

Chronology Entry
Posted by Rose O'Gara on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 18:06
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Posted by Rose O'Gara on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 17:56
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Posted by Rose O'Gara on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 17:45
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Posted by Meesha Ryan on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 12:13
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Posted by Elliot Serkin on Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:08
Posted by Kaitlyn Moorhead on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 23:27
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