De-Illustrating the History of the British Empire aims to offer a timely and inclusive contribution to the evolving cross-disciplinary scholarship that connects visual studies with British imperial historiography. The key purpose of this book is to introduce scholars and students of British imperial and Commonwealth history to a clearly presented and diversely themed evaluation of several "visual manuscripts" – images of all genres depicting particular events, personalities, social and cultural contexts – that document the development of some of the British imperial and post-colonial visual literacies history. The concept of "visual manuscripts" alongside theories of visual anthropology and memory studies are addressed across the entire volume thus allowing the readers to approach with greater ease the discourse on imperial iconography and historiography.

chapter 1|7 pages

Preliminary Perspectives

ByAnnamaria Motrescu-Mayes

chapter 2|11 pages

On Visual Rhetoric and British Imperial History

ByAnnamaria Motrescu-Mayes

chapter 3|24 pages

Art and Illustration

Re-viewing Empire
ByCarol Jacobi

chapter 4|18 pages

A Visual History of a Hidden Exploration of Mid-nineteenth-century Tibet

The British Library’s Wise Collection
ByDiana Lange

chapter 5|14 pages

Illustrating the Warriors of Empire

ByPhilip John Hatfield

chapter 6|25 pages

Selling British ‘Empire-Consciousness’

Imperial Rhetoric and Advertising Poetics
ByAnnamaria Motrescu-Mayes