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'Map-work' John Britton and the Topographical Imagination in Nineteenth Century Britain'

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John Britton was a prolific author, editor and publisher of illustrated works on the landscape and architecture in nineteenth century Britain, subjects he encompassed in a reformed vision of topography, concerned with modernity as well as antiquity, and designed to appeal to a widening reading public. Britton was also a founder member of the Royal Geographical Society and a number of institutions dedicated to the ‘diffusion of knowledge’. This paper addresses some of Britton’s graphic works, particularly on cities, notably a display map of London and a panorama of Bristol, in terms of wider movements for cultural reform.

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