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Art for the Middle Classes – America's Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s - University Press of Mississippi
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Art for the Middle Classes: America's Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s

Cynthia Lee Patterson


How did the average American learn about art in the mid-nineteenth century? With public art museums still in their infancy, and few cities and towns large enough to support art galleries or print shops, Americans relied on mass-circulated illustrated magazines. One group of magazines in particular, known collectively as the Philadelphia pictorials, circulated fine art engravings of paintings, some produced exclusively for circulation in these monthlies, to an eager middle-class reading audience. These magazines achieved print circulations far exceeding those of other print media (such as illus ... More

Keywords: Godey’s, Graham’s, Peterson’s, Miss Leslie’s, Sartain’s, illustrated magazines, Philadelphia pictorials, fine art engravings, paintings, American art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737363
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Lee Patterson, author