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The Philadelphia Pictorials and American Visual Culture in the 1840S

(p.3) 1 Introduction
Art for the Middle Classes
Cynthia Lee Patterson
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the proliferation of American art through the distribution of magazines with engraved pictures during the mid-1800s. It explains that several magazines such as Saturday Evening Post, Godey’s Lady’s Book, and Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine published various engraved American artworks and these were circulated for thousands of readers to see. It points out that the wide circulation of the magazines was an important factor in the democratization of American art, as it gave an opportunity for the middle and lower classes to appreciate and enjoy art.

Keywords:   magazines, American art, American artworks, Godey’s Lady’s Book, Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine, Saturday Evening Post

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