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Victorian Glassworlds: Glass Culture and the Imagination, 1830-1880 by Isobel Armstrong

Victorian Glassworlds: Glass Culture and the Imagination 1830-1880 - Isobel Armstrong
bookshelves: autumn-2015, art-forms, nonfic-nov-2015, nonfiction, victoriana, under-10-ratings, history, microhistory, skim-through
Read from July 03, 2013 to November 05, 2015

 

Glassblowers by Mervyn Peake

Description: Isobel Armstrong's book tells the stories that spring from the mass-production of glass in 19th-century England. Moving across technology, industry, local history, architecture, literature, print culture, the visual arts, optics, and philosophy, it will transform our understanding of the Victorian period.

Opening: The nineteenth century was the era of public glass. One of the oldest artificial materials in the world suddenly became a modern material as an environment of mass transparency, never before experienced, came rapidly into being. A huge increase in production, new methods of working, and falling prices, worked together to change the way cities looked. The gleam and lustre of glass surfaces, reflecting and refracting the world, created a new glass consciousness and a language of transparency. The glass fountain at the Crystal Palace epitomized this environment and drew out a poetics of glass.

The dedication is for A S Byatt, no less!



Apsley Pellat

Robert Lucas Chance

Pott's Grand Boudoir Glass

The Baleful Head, Edward Burne-Jones 1886

The Shop Girl by Tissot

Mariana by Millais 1851

Praxinoscope

The Little White Girl by Whistler

PART I
FACETS OF GLASS CULTURE:
MAKING AND BREAKING GLASS

PART II
PERSPECTIVES OF THE GLASS PANEL:
WINDOWS, MIRRORS, WALLS

PART III
LENS-MADE IMAGES:
OPTICAL TOYS AND PHILOSOPHICAL INSTRUMENTS



NONFIC NOVEMBER 2015:

CR White Mughals
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
3* Rome and the Barbarians
4* Field Notes From A Hidden City
3* The King's Jews: Money, Massacre and Exodus in Medieval England
CR A History of Palestine 634-1099
CR Charlotte Brontë: A Life
3* The Alhambra
CR A Long Walk in the Himalaya: A Trek from the Ganges to Kashmir
3* Buddhist Warfare
4* A Gathering of Spoons
AB A Brief History of Roman Britain - Conquest and Civilization
4* Victorian Glassworlds: Glass Culture and the Imagination, 1830-1880