The Illustrated London News Archives


Cover of The Illustration London News dating back to 1863.

The Illustrated London News, first published in 1842, revolutionized journalism as we see it today. Long before photography came into play, the Illustrated London News, became the first newspaper to provide a pictorial account of world events through illustration. The roster of illustrators included French artist, Constantin Guys, an illustration correspondent, who captured events like the Crimean War.

Recently, the Illustrated London News has gone digital with more than 250,000 pages of news and over 750 million illustrations from 1842 to 2003, now searchable through an online archive. Though only available to institutions at this time, the archives serve as a valuable resource for historical research.


Image of Welsh Rioters in an 1843 edition of the ILN.


Westminster Clock Bell from September 1856

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