Putting People on the Page : Material Culture as a Way in to Everyday Life behind the Facades of Tallis’s London Street Views. / Hoskins, Lesley.

In: Journal of Victorian Culture, Vol. 22, No. 3, 01.09.2017, p. 329-338.

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Putting People on the Page : Material Culture as a Way in to Everyday Life behind the Facades of Tallis’s London Street Views. / Hoskins, Lesley.

In: Journal of Victorian Culture, Vol. 22, No. 3, 01.09.2017, p. 329-338.

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