Punch Cuts: The Modern Page, 1843

Through the example of Punch magazine, this article sets a frame for looking at the origins and characteristics of Victorian typography in an art historical and socio-economical context. Nick Shinn examines the layout and typefaces that combined to create the typical periodical form of the era, as well as the conceptual environment for creating the sans serif types of the early 1800s that foreshadowed their “modernist” successors a century later.