Illustrated London News (1842–2003)

As is stated in the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism,  “The Illustrated London News was one of the great entrepreneurial and commercial triumphs of Victorian print culture. . . . All three elements expressed in its title were necessary to its success” (301). It came out weekly on Saturdays and was sold for 6d.

A fascinating quotation about how the periodical changed within its first fifty years is found in the paper’s “Literary Gossip” column for April 11, 1891: “Friendly critics have hinted that the Illustrated London News and Graphic [founded 1869] are less of newspapers and more of magazines than formerly. This is not the case. The Illustrated London News has merely extended the principle of signed contributions which obtained in the paper when Peter Cunningham, Charles Mackay, Albert Smith, and Mr. George Augustus Sala were members of its staff. Now, as then, it aims at presenting a pictorial record of the social and political life of the times, and any changes that may have taken place in its reading matter  is but the difference between 1842–when there were few daily newspapers–and 1891. Were the Saturday Review and the Spectator to give signed contributions in place of anonymous ones, it would scarcely justify the charge that they had been converted into magazines” (478).

The Illustrated London News is available in various digital platforms, including GALE’s Illustrated London News Historical Archive (1842–2003) and British Newspaper ArchiveA thorough search of these may presumably lead the reader to more Andrew Lang articles than those listed below, which are all taken from B. Meredith Langstaff’s detailed list. Langstaff kindly also gives a part of the first line.  I have not independently confirmed all of Langstaff’s entries, and, for those I have checked, his page numbers sometimes do not match the scans in the British Newspaper Archive. I list Langstaff’s dates below unless the entry is followed by “PNV” (Page number verified). I have tried to give the full date if it was lacking.

1891

  • “Idyllic Hours.” “Nature in her beneficence and boundless. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 3 Jan. 1891, p. 24.  Signed A. L. (PNV)
  • [?] “Beards: Fashion in beards has, in the course of the ages, gone . . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, Jan. 1891, p. 55. [B. Meredith Langstaff identifies this article as by Lang, but it is unsigned, and the reason for the attribution is unclear.]
  • “The Pleasures and Pains of Golf.” “In trying to estimate the merits. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 17 Jan. 1891, p. 79. (PNV) This, and the following articles, are signed “Andrew Lang.”
  • “An Authors’ Club.” “Should the authors of England band. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 24 Jan. 1891, p. 99. (PNV.]
  • “An Authors’ Club [Reply by Sir Walter Besant].” “I am very glad that this subject has been introduced to the readers of the Illustrated London News. Up to the present, it has only been presented to the limited circle of the Author. . .Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 31 Jan. 1894, p. 131.
  • “Wine & Wit.” “‘When wine is in, the wit is out’ . . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 31 Jan. 1891, p. 141. [PNV]
  • “The Letter Burners.” A new sect, more or less rebellious. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 7 Feb. 1891, p. 187. [PNV]
  • “The Author’s Club in New York: By a Modest Scribbler.” [About Andrew Lang and Walter Besant’s “controversary about the projected Authors’ Club.” [The author disagrees with Lang about what the club would be like, based on his experience in New York.] Illustrated London News , vol. 98, 7 Feb. 1891, p. 190. [PNV]
  • “The Art of Mark Twain.” The duty of self-examination. . . . I am puzzled and alarmed to find that I am losing Culture.” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 14 Feb. 1891, p. 222. [PNV]
  • “Border Memories.” “The traditions of the border have been gleaned. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 21 Feb. 1891, p. 246. [PNV]
  • “Two Literary Problems.” We are all haunted by problems. . . [‘Are reviews of any use to an author?’ ‘In what style should historical novels be written?’” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 28 Feb. 1891, p. 275. (PNV)
  • “Some American Poets.” “I read somewhere, lately, that the Americans possess, at present, more minor poets, and better minor poets, than we can boast in England. . . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 7 Mar. 1891, p. 307. (PNV)
  • “Comedy and Piety.” “The French have, at various times, been very much more prim and demure that ourselves about the drama.” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 14 Mar. 1891, p. 352. (PNV)
  • “Practical Jokes.” “Hobbes has found the cause of laughter. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 21 Mar. 1891, p. 383. (PNV)
  • “A Prehistoric Review.” It would be undesirable to say in what part of the ruins. . . [‘the only contemporary review of Homer that has reached us’” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 28 Mar. 1891, p. 410. (PNV)
  • “Catalogues. “Looking into shop windows and choosing. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 4 Apr. 1891, p. 439. (PNV)
  • “My Spring Holiday.” We all have our ideals of spring holidays. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 11 Apr. 1891, p. 471. (PNV)
  • “A School of Fiction.” “There must be something in the idea. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 18 Apr. 1891, p. 507. (PNV]
  • “Bores and Beggars.” “Would that Cadmus, or Palamides, or . . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 25 Apr. 1891, p. 539.
  • “Illusions and Realities.” A week or two ago I had the pleasure. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 2 May 1891, p. 582.
  • “Social Skittles.” “In a lovely little inn, on a moor, beneath. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 9 May 1891, p. 603. [PNV].
  • “Clairvoyances.” “The Psychical Society discharges a . . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 16 May, 1891, p. 654.
  • “‘W. G.’ on Cricket.” “According to a modern Greek scholar, Homer was at once his own hero and his own historian . . . . Dr. W. G. Grace, whose commentaries are now before the world in “Cricket” (Arrowsmith) occupies the same position.” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 23 May 1891, p. 678.
  • “Modern English & the Latin Test.” “‘Not we alone’, says Theocritus. . . [Lang talks of Dryden translating his English poetry into Latin to “see what sense the words will bear in a more stable language” and wonders what would happen if the same rule were applied to Dante Gabriel Rosetti’s sonnets and George Meredith’s One of our Conquerors”] Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 30 May, 1891, p. 718.  [PNV].
  • “The Utilisation of Beliefs.” “We hear laments for the Ages. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 6 June 1891, p. 752.
  • “Woman’s Ways.” “There is a venerable anecdote of Mr. Hill. . .” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 13 June 1891, p. 778.
  • “In the Interests of Science: A Hypnotic Story. “How Marion. . .”  Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 20 June 1891, p. 813–16.
  • “A View of Education.” “In the year of the Restoration of Religion.” Illustrated London News, vol. 98, 27[?] June 1891, p. 846.

[To be continued. Lang wrote for the Illustrated London News until his death in 1912. His obituary, written by Chesterton, was published there on ]uly 28, 1912, according to B. Meredith Langstaff.]

Works Cited

Brake, Laurel and Marysa DemoorDictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland. Gent: Academia Press, 2009.

Langstaff, B. Meredith. “Andrew Lang Articles: [A Bibliography Compiled by B. Meredith Langstaff.” [New York: B. Meredith Langstaff, 1956.] Available in the University of St Andrews Special Collections.