A Woodcut and Its Wanderings in Seventeenth-Century England

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Abstract

This essay traces the career of a distinctive woodcut picture that appears on dozens of seventeenth-century ballad broadsheets. Christopher Marsh argues that woodcuts have often been neglected by scholars and that they deserve careful attention. The common habit of redeploying old pictures on new ballads may, for example, have encouraged consumers to build associations between individual woodcuts and particular characteristics or themes. In order to understand the visual aesthetic of early-modern balladry, it is therefore necessary to think in fresh and creative ways about the effects of the repetition of pictures on cognition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-262
JournalHuntington Library Quarterly
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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