Convict labour: Masking and interchangeability in Victorian prison scenes

Authors
Citation
C. Arscott, Convict labour: Masking and interchangeability in Victorian prison scenes, OX ART J, 23(2), 2000, pp. 123-142
Citations number
24
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Arts & Architecture
Journal title
OXFORD ART JOURNAL
ISSN journal
0142-6540 → ACNP
Volume
23
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
123 - 142
Database
ISI
SICI code
0142-6540(2000)23:2<123:CLMAII>2.0.ZU;2-H
Abstract
In this article I consider Victorian prison imagery. Punitive labour was co nceived of as an idealized and abstract form of modern urban labour. Mayhew and Binney's Criminal Prisons of London of 1862 contains many compelling i mages of prisoners moving about the prison, or exercising, wearing masks or veils in conformity with the separate system. I suggest that there is the adoption of an anti-narrative mode in the depiction of masked or veiled fig ures and seek to establish the kinds of gratification experienced by viewer s of theses images. I explore the way that W. P Frith brings together the i deas of speculation and punitive labour in The Race for Wealth (1877-80).