‘The Lights of the Electric Octopus Have Been Switched Off’: Visual and Political Culture in Edwardian London

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Abstract

This article reconstructs the visual culture of politics in Edwardian London through a study of the 1907 London County Council election. It moves beyond the memorable account given in Graham Wallas’s Human Nature in Politics to examine the actors, especially associations and newspapers, that participated in the election. Drawing upon ‘local’ and ‘national’ newspapers, election addresses, cartoon, leaflets and posters, the essay assesses continuity and change, ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’ in the visual practices of London politics.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberhwx062
Pages (from-to)331-356
Number of pages26
JournalTwentieth Century British History
Volume29
Issue number3
Early online date13 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

Keywords

  • London
  • visual culture
  • politics
  • media

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