The item is a continuous strip view of London. The print is a hand colored wood engraving attached to its original red cloth binding. The binding is stamped and lettered in gilt with an advertisement for the London Illustrated News on the verso. Accompanying the print is a key. In addition there is a wooden spool which has been detached from the print. There is a medium sized chip on one end of th... read moree wooden spool along with other minor scrapes and both the binding and print show signs of cracking. Consists of 1 original art print + 1 key.
The Illustrated London News was first published in 1842 by Herbert Ingram. In a marketing scheme to guarantee that readers would subscribe to the weekly publication, Ingram promised to offer a panoramic view of London. He stated that any reader who subscribed to the Illustrated London News for 6 months would receive a free Colosseum Print of London. In order to produce the print, the photographer Antoine Claudet first took photographs of London from the top of the Duke of York's column in 1842. C.F. Sargent drew the pictures with pencil on 60 pieces of box-wood. Ebenezer Landell and his firm then engraved the picture. The panoramic view was then stereotyped, printed and distributed for the first time with the January 7, 1843 of the Illustrated London News. Subsequent editions of the view were produced.read less