Extending the scholarly discussion of visual history, this book examines eighteenth-century engraved book illustrations in order to outline the genealogy of the modern visualisation of the past in Britain.

This study is based on a body of more than a hundred engraved historical plates designed in the second half of the eighteenth century in Britain and published in more than a dozen pictorial histories. Focusing on these previously unstudied engravings, this work contributes to the study of eighteenth-century visual culture and is informed by current interdisciplinary approaches at the intersection of visual and book studies. Eighteenth-Century Engravings and Visual History in Britain is about the urge to envision the past and about the establishment of the new relationship between visual media, visuality, and history in eighteenth-century Britain.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, British history, book studies, and visual culture.

chapter |17 pages


chapter 1|35 pages

Picturing history

chapter 2|43 pages

Reinventing the past

chapter 3|43 pages

The historical genre

chapter 4|32 pages

Visual history as a new language