Wood engraving based on the sketch, titled “The War: The Surrender of Sedan,” published on the front cover of the Illustrated London News (Sept. 17, 1870), p. 285, for a story entitled, “Illustrations of the War.” The fact that the sketch had been “rapidly engraved,” wrote Jackson, did not impair its “original truth.” Source: Mason Jackson, The Pictorial Press: Its Origin and Progress (London: Hurst and Blackett, 1885), p. 320.

Tucker, “‘Famished for News Pictures’: Mason Jackson, The Illustrated London News, and the Pictorial Spirit,” in Jason E. Hill and Vanessa R. Schwartz, eds. Getting the Picture: The History & Visual Culture of the News (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2015), pp. 215-220.


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Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.

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