The Illustrated London News was the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper.
It was established in 1842 by printer and newsagent, Herbert Ingram. He had the idea of publishing a weekly newspaper that would contain pictures in every edition. Costing 6d, the first edition sold 26,000 copies. The circulation of the newspaper increased to 60,000 by the end of its first year.
By 1863 the Illustrated London News was selling more than 300,000 copies every week, enormous figures in comparison to other British newspapers of the time. The success of the paper brought into being new illustrated newspapers, among them the Sketch in 1893, which became part of the Illustrated Newspapers Group.
The Illustrated London News continued to be published weekly until 1971 and then increasingly less frequently until publication ceased altogether in 2003.