Database of Mid-Victorian wood-engraved Illustration

Welcome to the Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration (DMVI), which contains records and images of 868 literary illustrations that were published in or around 1862, providing bibliographical and iconographical details, as well as the ability for users to view images at exceptionally high quality.

The database is the culmination of a three-year project, based in Cardiff University’s Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The aim of the project has been to examine the feasibility of developing an online database application that would allow users to view images at high quality, as well as providing access to images by accurate bibliographic classifications and an appropriate iconographic taxonomy.

The database can be queried by three search methods:

    • Keyword search: this allows for a very generalised and broad analysis to be conducted.
    • Advanced search: this method queries the database using a variety of bibliographic criteria.
    • Browse iconography: click here to view images by iconographic classification.

Copyright of the structure and contents of DMVI belongs to Dr Julia Thomas, Dr Tim Killick, Dr Anthony Mandal, and Professor David Skilton, of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, Cardiff University. Access is provided solely for the purposes of research, teaching, private study, and general interest. Prior written permission is required for any alteration or redistribution of the database, or a substantial portion thereof in any form, including electronic; prior written permission is also required for any commercial exploitation of the database’s contents. Proper acknowledgement should be made when citing or quoting materials: for full details about citing material contained in DMVI, please follow this link.

The Little Mourner


© 2007 Dr Julia Thomas, Dr Tim Killick, Dr Anthony Mandal, Professor David Skilton

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