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Libri di gran classe alla fermata del treno. L’altra faccia degli Illustrators of the Eighteen-Sixties

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Francesca Tancini



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Leo S. Olschki, 2018.

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In England, from the 1840s, a new reading audience blossomed in connection with the development of railway transportation. To while away the boredom of long journeys, modern mass publishing was born.These books were designed to catch the eye of the hurried traveller off the shelves with their pictorial covers, illustrated by colour teasing images. They were known as yellow-backs: cheap books bound in wrappers or in paper over boards, reproducing illustrations drawn by the best illustrators of the Eighteen-Sixties such as John Everett Millais, Myles Birket Foster, Alfred Crowquill, John Gilbert.These artists, the most important of their time, have been hitherto known only for their black and white production, while their illustrations for the yellow-backs are indeed the other side of the same coin as the Golden Decade of Victorian illustration.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tancini F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: L'Illustrazione

Year: 2018

Volume: II

Issue: 2

Pages: 47-64

Print publication date: 15/10/2018

Acceptance date: 01/04/2018

Date deposited: 16/01/2019

ISSN (print): 2533-1620

Publisher: Leo S. Olschki