Bodies and Structures 2.0: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History

The Mersey Tunnel in Anglophone Media

While the image from Dianshizhai was an original lithograph, the artist clearly borrowed from the visual style used by western news sources. 

Reports of the tunnel's opening appearing in Illustrated London News are stylistically very similar, featuring a panorama of the Mersey River teeming with steamships at the top of the page, and a cutaway view of the tunnel descending beneath the river. Both Chinese and English-language images include rudimentary depictions of the support and ventilation structure of the tunnel. The Dianshizhai huabao image appears to combine these two images, featuring both a panoramic cutaway, and a more detailed illustration of the train itself moving through the tunnel


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