The Illustrated London News

First published in 1842 by Herbert Ingram the Illustrated London News was the first picture driven weekly magazine and the most read publication in Victorian Britain reaching a circulation of over 300,000 by the mid-1860’s. It was similar in tone if not in style to its rival Blackwood’s Magazine and the Quarterly Review being conservative in its views and a strong advocate of Empire and proponent of further British overseas expansion.

It had many contributors over the years including the artists Sir John Gilbert, Ebeneezer Landells and Heath Robinson along with writers as diverse as Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G Wells, Joseph Conrad, G.K Chesterton, J.M Barrie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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