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Beyond the MetropolisThe changing image of urban Britain, 1780-1880$
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Katy Layton-Jones

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099694

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099694.001.0001

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The urban prospect

The urban prospect

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(p.21) 1 The urban prospect
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Beyond the Metropolis
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Katy Layton-Jones

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099694.003.0002

Chapter one begins with an account of the popular fascination with the changing form and appearance of urban Britain at the end of the eighteenth century before analysing the impact of this collective curiosity over the following century. It includes a chronology of the growth in demand for urban imagery that enabled the expansion of the topographical print, souvenir, and advertising markets. As well as acknowledging the well-rehearsed narrative of domestic tourism in the early nineteenth century, it explores the fashion for ‘taking in’ urban vistas and the impact that such as pastime had on defining criteria for urban evaluation. The evidence presented demonstrates how the pictorial traditions and visual vocabulary of topographical imagery informed the manner in which towns such as Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield were imagined and evaluated by visitors and remote readers alike, and how the resulting popular perceptions came to shape the physical environment itself.

Keywords:   Topography, Landscape, Prospect, Urban, Vista, Picturesque, Tourism, Antiquarian

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