My research focuses on 19th-century art and visual culture, with an emphasis on new media such as photography and illustrated newspapers. My current research on children’s picture books and instructional texts is inspired by today’s discussions around visual literacy. Like us, the Victorians were inundated with new forms of visual media. My research asks how, amid this profusion of imagery, 19th-century children were taught to look at and interpret pictures. My previous work examined illustrated newspapers and their influence on traditions of painting in Victorian England, as seen in the work of Luke Fildes, Frank Holl and Hubert Herkomer (Printing and Painting the News in Victorian London: The Graphic and Social Realism, 2015).