Book ID: CBB337695195

Empire, Early Photography and Spectacle: The Global Career of Showman Daguerreotypist J.W. Newland (2020)


DeCourcy, Elisa (Author)
Jolly, Martyn (Author)


Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 199
Language: English

James William Newland’s (1810–1857) career as a showman daguerreotypist began in the United States but expanded into Central and South America, across the Pacific to New Zealand and colonial Australia and onto India. Newland used the latest developments in photography, theatre and spectacle to create powerful new visual experiences for audiences in each of these volatile colonial societies. This book assesses his surviving, vivid portraits against other visual ephemera and archival records of his time. Newland’s magic lantern and theatre shows are imaginatively reconstructed from textual sources and analysed, with his short, rich career casting a new light on the complex worlds of the mid-nineteenth century. It provides a revealing case study of someone brokering new experiences with optical technologies for varied audiences at the forefront of the age of modern vision. This book will be of interest to scholars in art and visual culture, photography, the history of photography and Victorian history.

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Authors & Contributors
Gillespie, Sarah
Samuel Shaw
Charles Avery
Robert Wenley
Rasmus R. Simonsen
Geoff Bender
History of Photography
Journal of Design History
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Cuadernos Dieciochistas: revista consagrada al estudio de la historia, el pensamiento, la literatura, el arte y la ciencia del siglo XVIII
Chemical Heritage
Paul Holberton Publishing
Pavia University Press
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Illinois Press
The MIT Press
St. Martin's Press
Science and art
Science and entertainment; science and spectacle
Magic lanterns
Technology and culture
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
Daguerre, Louis Jacques Mandé
Talbot, William Henry Fox
Niépce, Jospeh Nicéphore
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Draper, John William
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
Early modern
United States
Great Britain
Naples (Italy)
British Association for the Advancement of Science

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