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In the fiercely competitive serial publication market of the English capital in the late nineteenth century The English Illustrated Magazine achieved greatness by publishing first-rate illustrators and writers of fiction. It survived three decades, folding just before the First World War. At its inception in October 1883, it faced only Cassell's Magazine as a serious competitor as an illustrated monthly magazine with an emphasis on new short fiction. Between its inception and its termination in August 1913 it ran monthly for 359 issues under six editors. Although its features included articles on travel and topography, it was chiefly a vehicle for the late Victorian fiction of Max Beerbohm, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Stanley J. Weyman, and Max Pemberton. It also published poetry by A. C. Swinburne and Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar”. Under its third editor, the celebrated and prolific Clement King Shorter, it published two stories by George Gissing: "The Fate of Humphrey Snell" (October 1895) and "An Inspiration" (December 1895).
Its gifted illustrators included such luminaries of British commercial art as Walter Crane, Carlo Perugini, Alma-Tadema, Louis Davis, Louis Wain, and Fred Barnard. This last veteran illustrator associated with the Household Edition of Dickens's works published chiefly in three series: XII (October 1894-March 1895), XIII (April-September 1895), and XIV (Oct. 1895 – March 1896). From October 1893 through September 1898 The English Illustrated Magazine was published by Shorter's chief periodical, The Illustrated London News. Although it carried the occasional lithograph, its standard illustrations were composite woodblocks illustrations such as Barnard's satirical A Meeting of the Parish Council. Its early emphasis on quality illustration and new, avante-garde short fiction forced it to up its price from one shilling to 6d in October 1893. Although it had a distinguished editorial history, its chief force as an illustrated periodical was its third editor, Clement King Shorter (October 1893 – August 1899), who increased its monthly page count to 94 between October 1894 and September 1896.
Illustrated articles on Agriculture and Country Life
Illustrated articles on Manufacturing and Mining
- “China-Making at Stoke-on-Trent” (1884)
- “Iron and Steel Making in South Wales” (1884)
- Cutlery and Cutlers at Sheffield” (1881)
- “A Peep into the Coal Country” (1888)
- “Post-Office Parcels and Telegraphs” *1888)
- Broad Gauge Engines (1891)
Illustrated articles on Education
Illustrated articles on Artists and Writers
- William James Linton, Engraver, Poet, and Political Writer
- “Mrs. Humphry Ward” by Henry James (entire article)
Illustrated articles on Cities, Counties, and Castles
Illustrated articles on the British Empire
Fred Barnard's Illustrations for Two Gissing Short Stories (Autumn 1895)
- "It isn't my fault," sobbed the girl. "They've turned me out, and I don't know where to go" — first illustration for "The Fate of Humphrey Snell" (October 1895)
- Headpiece for "The Fate of Humphrey Snell"
- "We shall have him on our 'hands" — third illustration for "The Fate of Humphrey Snell"
- Tailpiece for "The Fate of Humphrey Snell"
- Headpiece for "An Inspiration" (December 1895)
- "He selected a cigar . . ." — second illustration for "An Inspiration"
- "I brushed past Dunning . . . " — third illustration for "An Inspiration"
- Uncaptioned tailpiece" — final
- The Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Illustration: Woodblock Engraving, Steel Engraving, and Other Processes
- Fred Barnard's A Meeting of the Parish Council (1894)
Barnard, Fred. "A Meeting of the Parish Council." The English Illustrated Magazine XII (November 1894): 84.
Becker, Bernard H. "China-Making at Stoke-on-Trent." The English Illustrated Magazine. 2 (1884): 781-90. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the Pennsylvania State University Library. Web. 3 January 2021.
Gissing, George. "The Fate of Humphrey Snell." Illustrated by Fred Barnard. The English Illustrated Magazine. No. 145 (October 1895): 1-10.
_______. "An Inspiration." Illustrated by Fred Barnard. The English Illustrated Magazine. No. 147 (December 1895): 268-75.
Rimmer, Alfred. "Old Chester." The English Illustrated Magazine. 4 (1886): 739-50. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the Pennsylvania State University Library. Web. 6 January 2021.
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