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Early Modern Memes: The Reuse and Recycling of Woodcuts in 17th-Century English Popular Print

Adam Green - June 6, 2018 in Art & Illustrations, ballads, Books, Culture & History, internet memes, meme culture, woodcuts

Expensive and laborious to produce, a single woodcut could be recycled to illustrate hundreds of different ballads, each new home imbuing the same image with often wildly diverse meanings. Katie Sisneros explores this interplay of repetition, context, and meaning, and how in it can be seen a parallel with the meme culture of today.

Hans Holbein’s Dance of Death (1523–5)

Adam Green - April 17, 2018 in dance of death, death, hans holbein, Memento mori, woodcuts

Holbein's series of action-packed scenes in which Death intrudes on the everyday lives from various levels of society — from pope to physician to ploughman.

The Diverting History of John Gilpin: Shewing how he Went Further than he Intended, and Came Safe Home Again (1782)

Adam Green - March 27, 2018 in ballad, chapbooks, horse, horse riding, John Gilpin, london, William Cowper, woodcuts

A 1906 edition of William Cowper's famous ballad, illustrated with brilliantly comic woodcuts from Robert Seaver.

The Diverting History of John Gilpin: Shewing how he Went Further than he Intended, and Came Safe Home Again (1782)

Adam Green - March 27, 2018 in ballad, chapbooks, horse, horse riding, John Gilpin, london, William Cowper, woodcuts

A 1906 edition of William Cowper's famous ballad, illustrated with brilliantly comic woodcuts from Robert Seaver.

The Diverting History of John Gilpin: Shewing how he Went Further than he Intended, and Came Safe Home Again (1782)

Adam Green - March 27, 2018 in ballad, chapbooks, horse, horse riding, John Gilpin, london, William Cowper, woodcuts

A 1906 edition of William Cowper's famous ballad, illustrated with brilliantly comic woodcuts from Robert Seaver.