Art & Art History ETDs

Publication Date

Summer 7-2022


Graphic Scotland: Visuality and Empire, 1810–1913 interrogates the aesthetic, technological, and literary conventions used to represent Scotland’s character in nineteenth-century publications. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, publishers, authors, and readers began to correlate the material format of prints, books, illustration, and bookbinding with individual and national character. Periodicals and literature drew the correlations between the aesthetic conventions of picturesque Scottish landscape, physiognomy of Scottish authors, and bookbinding to frame ideas about Scottish character as a didactic model for middle class British and American readers. Thus, Graphic Scotland offers an intertextual reading of three illustrated publications about Scotland–J.R. Osgood’s 1882 edition of Scott’s Lady of the Lake; John Watson’s lithographic magazine The Glasgow Looking Glass (1825–1826), and Charles Scribner’s 1913 edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped–to trace the visual transmission of Scottish character through multiple genres, techniques, and material properties to examine the ways Scotland functions as a model for the character of homes, nations, and empire.



Document Type


Degree Name

Art History

Level of Degree


Department Name

UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Susanne Anderson-Riedel

Second Committee Member

Justine Andrews

Third Committee Member

Kirsten Buick

Fourth Committee Member

Michael Hatt


Scotland, United States, Empire, landscape, bookbinding, caricature