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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Courtroom Sketching: Reflections on History, Law and the Image 1

Courtroom Sketching: Reflections on History, Law and the Image 1

(p.173) Courtroom Sketching: Reflections on History, Law and the Image1
Law and Popular Culture

Lynda Nead

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of courtroom sketching and photography and how the press has removed and replaced the courtroom artist. Photography and sketching in court and the publications of such photographs or sketches have been prohibited in England since 1925. This chapter suggests that courtroom art condenses major criminal trials into generic and gently anachronistic images and that it was the most highly conventionalised form within contemporary visual media.

Keywords:   courtroom art, sketching, photography, criminal trials, England, visual media

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