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Particularly interested in the illustrations of Alesha Sivartha

http://www.wired.com/table_of_malcontents/2006/11/with_what_we_do/

For example, would you say they are Victorian, or Edwardian, or something else? I'm trying to put together a design concept for a website and am finding it difficult to speak about.

  • They were strictly old school. No? – Stan Sep 17 '13 at 16:47
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Victorian Engraving is a usable label. A few years ago there was a resurgence of this in digital form, for which Victorian Engraving-style was an apt moniker.

I've also seen it referred to as Industrial age engravings.

  • Thanks - I know this could easily have been too open ended for this site's intentions, so I appreciate you guys answering anyway. – tim Oct 4 '12 at 0:59
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The first problem is, Victorian and Edwardian refer to specific time periods: they coincide with the reign of an English/British Monarch. This clearly marks them as British, but they are exclusionary terms.

The secondary problem is that those periods span multiple style movements. There is a huge stylistic gulf between prints and especially illustration of the 1930s and the 1950s (for example). Even more so between a print from 1780 and a print from 1850, since the technology gap is probably greater between those years than the 1930s-1950s.

As someone who has worked in this field for many years, it is more typical to say "mid-nineteenth-century British engraving." This happens to be ridiculously boring to style from a graphic design perspective however.

Classification starts with either time period and then nationality, or nationality then time period.

The alternative is to be specific about the movement: "Romantic", "Pre-Raphaelite", "Art Nouveau" etc.

  • Yeah - I wasn't very specific in my question. Thanks for your feedback nonetheless. – tim Oct 4 '12 at 1:01

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