These Upcycled Vintage Dictionaries are Romantically Victorian

By: Amanda Greer - Published: • References: etsy and lostateminor
California-based artist Danielle Richy created some cool new dictionary art by combining circus-inspired Victorian illustrations with pages of text from vintage dictionaries.

These gorgeous artworks are perfect for anyone who finds the Victorian era one of romance and curiosity. Each illustration puts a twist on classic Victorian portraiture, injecting the portraits with mechanical elements. For example, one portrait shows a young woman, looking uninterested, off into the distance. The top of her head, however, is open, revealing a series of gears and pulleys, showing that she is, in fact, a machine. This is a clear reference to the Industrial Revolution, a transitory period wherein machines took precedence over human workers, and helped to define the Victorian era.

With these illustrations, Richy has demonstrated that artistic styles dating as far back as the mid-1800s can be modernized to produce some stunning contemporary art.