"The world in pictures"
In the days before electronic media and popular travel, The Illustrated London News offered a view of the world that most of its readers could only otherwise imagine for themselves.
With its debut in 1842, The Illustrated London News became the world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, marking a revolution in journalism and news reporting. It presented a vivid picture of British and world events - including news of war, disaster, ceremonies, the arts and science - with coverage ranging from the Great Fire of Hamburg to Queen Victoria's fancy dress ball at Buckingham Palace, both featured in the first issue.
The popularity of the publication attracted artists, engravers and writers from George Gilbert to Ebenezer Landells, Robert Louis Stevenson and G.K. Chesterton.
Today, Gale brings more than 150 years of social, cultural and political history to modern researchers in easy, convenient digital format. Use this remarkable resource to support scholarly and enthusiast research in social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising, graphic design, politics, and genealogy.
In The Illustrated London News Historical Archive you will find the entire run of the publication - including all Special Numbers and Reports - reproduced in high-quality colour facsimile images.