About History – 19th Century Georgia in The Illustrated London News
Established by printer and newsagent Herbert Ingram The Illustrated London News was the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper. The first issue appeared on Saturday 14 May 1842 and by 1863 the newspaper was selling more than 300,000 copies every week, a huge circulation in comparison to other British newspapers of the time.
From about 1890 onward The Illustrated London News made increasing use of photographs but the use of graphic illustrations continued until the end of World War I. The first generation of very talented draughtsmen and engravers included Sir John Gilbert, Birket Foster, George Cruikshank, W.J. Linton, Ebenezer Landells and George Thomas.
Popular subjects included news, social events, military campaigns and life in foreign countries. Georgian people, together with other people of the Caucasus featured in several editions of the newspaper.
The Illustrated London News was published weekly until 1971 when it became a monthly, and then bi-monthly from 1989 until 1994. From 1994 until production ceased in 2003 it was published twice a year.