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The Illustrated London News

Total Issues: 7150+


Initially founded for news and current affairs, it began to run fiction in the early 1880s, mostly serials, to rival The Graphic. Authors include Walter Besant, Hall Caine, H. Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad. Frank Leslie was one of the early engravers on ILN and took the magazine concept to the US in 1848. Circulation peaked at about 300,000 in 1860s; by 1970s was around 50,000.

Publishers
1842: Joseph Clayton
1843 – 1857: William Little
1858 – 1883: George C. Leighton
1884 – 1905: Ingram Brothers
1905 – 1961: Illustrated London News & Sketch
1961 – 1985: Thompson Organisation
1985 – 2007: Illustrated London News Group (John Sherwood)

2007 - Current Lisa Barnard

Editors
1842 – 1846: F.W.N. Bayley
1846 – 1852: John Timbs
1852 – 1859: Charles Mackay
1859 – 1890: John Lash
1891 – 1900: Clement Shorter
1900 – 1963: Bruce Ingram
1963 – 1965: Hugh Ingram
1965 – 1970: Tim Green
1967 – 1970: John Kisch
1970 – 1994: James Bishop
1995 – Mark Palmer
1996 - 2001 Alison Booth
2002 - 2003 Julia Pearey

Formats
14-May-1842 – 1970: folio (14" x 10"), heavily illustrated
1971 – present: tabloid (12" x 9")

Original Price
6d (which included 1d Tax - removed in 1855)

Original Pagecounts
16pp

Frequency
weekly from 1842; monthly from May-1971; then from Jan 1989 to Spring, Summer, Christmas and Royal editions only

Acknowledgements to Phil Stephensen-Payne for letting me use information collated by him. http://www.philsp.com/index.html

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