Spot illustration about the Victorians for BBC History magazine
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Looking at history through a 19th century ‘lens’.

The April issue of BBC History magazine needed an illustration for their Talking Points section. The article was a summary of a twitter discussion about how the Victorian’s have determined our view of the past. 19th century technological advances in photography and illustrated publications were debated as contributing factors as to how the Victorian’s have shaped our understanding of what history looked like.

I decided to draw a Victorian woman using a magic lantern, to show an image of an Egyptian pharaoh. I thought the lantern would nod to the developments made in Victorian technology and is a useful device to show a bit of the past. I’ve chosen a pharaoh as I think the Victorians were a bit obsessed with Egyptology.

I really enjoy this kind of brief and love deciphering a text to find a concept that works. BBC History magazine said: “These spot illos really brighten up the news pages and get across concepts which we could never show in a single image.”

Kate Hazell
Bristol, United Kingdom
Tel: 07813029805

I create lively and engaging illustrations. First I draw with pen, ink and water colour and then finish with a digital tweak. I like scotch eggs a bit too much. Guilty of a pun or … Show more.

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Kate’s illustrations gave the front section of BBC World Histories magazine its own distinct character. She provided striking, quirky and original illustrations for a wide range of topics, in a tight timeframe. We liked her flexibility, lightness of touch and thoughtful approach. It was a great pleasure working with her!
— Susanne Frank, Art Editor BBC World History magazine