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Representing Commerce in Tallis’s London Street Views

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JournalJournal of Victorian Culture
DateAccepted/In press - 4 Apr 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 26 May 2017
DatePublished (current) - 1 Sep 2017
Issue number3
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)297-316
Early online date26/05/17
Original languageEnglish


This essay examines how the London Street Views organize the city as a space of commercial interaction, one that is curiously at odds with an image of crowded Victorian streets full of shoppers, street-sellers, advertisements, and window displays. As a commercial directory, it is at once tightly self-referential and open ended, cross referring information between the lists of businesses, the advertisements, and the street elevations while also including advertisements for shops in other streets and neighbourhoods than that focused on in each issue. This essay considers the distinctiveness of Tallis’s project by contextualizing his Street Views within a range of forms of urban commercial information, including directories and advertisements.

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  • Advertising, Commerce, Directories, London, Shops, Street views, Tallis

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