Database of Mid-Victorian wood-engraved illustration

Illustrations were important in the Victorian period: they accompanied a large variety of publications. Nevertheless, they do not receive much attention nowadays: Victorian novels are usually published without their original pictures, and illustration is rarely accorded critical or scholarly attention. The Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration (DMVI) contains records and images of a large number of literary illustrations that were published in or around the year 1862. This year was chosen because it saw the emergence and growth of major illustrated periodicals.

Almost 900 illustrations are present on this website. Both basic and advanced search are possible. In addition, images can be browsed by iconographic classification. Each image is shown in high definition, and accompanied by extensive information.

The project is based in Cardiff University’s Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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