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Title :

Government and the metropolitan image : ministers, parliament and the concept of a capital city, 1840-1915

Author :
PORT, M. H. ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The two basic obstacles to reconstructing Victorian London as a magnificent capital were its lack of effective local government, and the prevailing system of parliamentary government. Fear of disease forced ministers to act on sanitary issues, but they were reluctant to outface those interests that resisted, on one hand, interference with the peculiar powers of the city of London, and on the other opposed spending any part of national taxation on London. Even necessary improvements in government buildings were attacked as misuse of public money. Improvements in London's image achieved in the Victorian era were largely the work of a handful of junior ministers influenced by developments in other European captials, especially Paris. Only at the end of the 19th c. was a means devised of safeguarding improvements schemes from capricious undermining. [Illustrated primarily with prints and photographs]. ;
Pagination/Size :
16 ill.; plans ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Estampe ; Gouvernement ; Grande-Bretagne ; Hommes politiques ; London (GBR) ; Officiers municipaux ; Photographie ; Politique ; Travaux publics ; Urbanisme ; Victorien (art) ; Ville ; Vues ; 1800-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Cities ; Government ; Great Britain ; London (GBR) ; Photography ; Politicians ; Politics ; Prints ; Public officers ; Public works ; Urbanism ; Victorian ; Views ; 1800-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Art history, 1999, 22, 4, Nov
INIST identifier :
24974788 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0141-6790 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Routledge & Kegan, Henley-on-Thames
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;