Victorian Fiction Research Guides

The Illustrated London News (1842-1901) and The Graphic (1869-1901)

Key Data: The Illustrated London News

Proprietors

1842-1848 Herbert Ingram & Nathaniel Cooke

1848-1860 Herbert Ingram

1860-1871 Anne Ingram

1872-(1905) William J. Ingram & Charles L.N. Ingram

Publishers & Printers

1842 Joseph Clayton at 320, Strand (publisher); Robert Palmer at 10, Crane Court, Fleet Street (printer)

1843-1857 William Little at 198, Strand (both)

1858-1883 George C. Leighton at 198, Strand (both)

1884-(1905) William & Charles Ingram at 198, Strand (both)

Chief Editors

1842-1848 F.W.N. Bayley

1848-1859 Charles Mackay

1860-1862 William J. Stewart

1863-1890 John Lash Latey

1891-1900 C.K. Shorter

1900-(1963) Bruce S. Ingram

General Format

From 16 pages (in 1840s) to 32 (in 1890s), of small folio size (15.5in x 11.5in), with 3 cols of letterpress, featuring from 30 engravings (in 1840s) to over 50 (by 1890s) from half-column to double-page size. Many editorial and pictorial supplements, notably holiday numbers at Christmas (from 1874) and Summer (from 1881).

Frequency: Weekly on Saturdays

Standard Price: Sixpence (Fivepence 1855-71)

Circulation

Attested: (Official stamp returns) 41,000 (1843); 57,000 (1848); 123,000 (1854). Reported: 200,000 following repeal of newspaper stamp in 1855; 310,000 for issue on marriage of Prince of Wales in 1863 (The Illustrated London News, 13 May 1967, 42-3). Holiday issues in 1880s sometimes sold more than 500,000 (Deacon’s, 1886, 84).

Files Consulted

School of Politics and Economics Library, Waseda University

Tokyo University Library

British Library Newspaper Library

Exeter University Library

Issues Indexed

119 volumes/3271 numbers, plus unnumbered special issues:

Vol. 1 (Nos 1-34): 14 May-31 Dec 1842 to Vol. 119 (Nos 3246-3271): 6 July-28 Dec 1901

Key Data: The Graphic

Managing Directors

1869-1900 William L. Thomas

1900-(1917) Carmichael Thomas

Publishers & Printers

1869-1872 E.J. Mansfield at 190, Strand (publisher); R. Clay, Sons, & Taylor at 7-8, Bread Street Hill (printer)

1873-1893 E.J. Mansfield at 190, Strand (publishing) and 12, Milford Lane (printing)

1894-1895 G.R. Parker at 190, Strand (publishing) and 12, Milford Lane (printing)

1895-(1903) G.R. Parker & A.F. Thomas at 190, Strand (publishing) and 12, Milford Lane (printing)

Chief Editors

1869-1870 H. Sutherland Edwards

1870-1891 Arthur Locker

1891-(1906) T.H. Joyce

General Format

From 24 pages (in early 1870s) to 32 (in later 1890s), of small folio size (15.5in x 11.5in), with 3 cols of letterpress (sometimes 2 in earliest issues), featuring at least 20 engravings mainly of larger size. Many editorial and pictorial supplements, notably holiday numbers at Christmas (from 1869) and Summer (from 1878).

Frequency: Weekly on Saturdays

Standard Price: Sixpence

Reported Circulation

Christmas number (1871) 200,000 (Der Verlag, 76-7). Christmas number (1872) 200,000; Tichborne number (1874) 250,000 (Altick, 395). Regular issues in 1880s occasionally 250,000; Christmas numbers for 1881, 1882 more than 500,000 (Deacon’s, 1886, 114).

Files Consulted

Central Library, Waseda University

Tokyo University Library

British Library
Newspaper Library

Exeter University Library

Issues Indexed

64 volumes/1674 numbers, plus unnumbered special issues:

Vol. 1 (Nos 1-30): 4 Dec 1869-25 June 1870 to Vol. 64 (Nos 1649-1674): 6 July-28 Dec 1901

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