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Prints and illustrations (Humanities, 17th-19th C.)

Special Collections and Archives holds a wide range of 19th and 20th century illustrated newspapers, and related magazines. Full runs are held of: the Illustrated London News, one of the world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper, which contains wood engravings depicting events from around the world; Punch magazine, with its caricatures and satires on British social and political life; and the Graphic, containing illustrations by well-known artists such as Luke Fildes, Hubert von Herkomer, Frank Holl, and John Millais. 

Substantial sets of other illustrated collections are held in the Library’s printed and published sources. Women’s illustrated publications include the Lady’s Pictorial, the Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, Lady’s Magazine, Lady’s Monthly Museum, Ladies’ Treasury, and The Queen. Together these provide an invaluable insight into the fashion and leisure preoccupations of middle and upper class women in the late Georgian and Victorian eras. 

Art publications include: the Year’s Art, an annual compendium founded in 1880 of activity in the visual arts in Britain and beyond; The Sketch, a journal of art which focused on high society, the aristocracy, theatre, cinema and art studies; the Magazine of Art, an illustrated monthly British journal devoted to the visual arts; and The Art Journal, published in London, which was the most important Victorian magazine on art. 

Further illustrated periodicals and journals cover subjects such as architecture (The Builder, which contains architectural plans and details) and science (Chemist and Druggist, which contains wood engraved illustrations of pharmaceutical supplies and equipment).

A wide range of illustrated books are also held, from children’s literature to architecture. Illustrators include Thomas Bewick, Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, George Cruikshank, Kate Greenaway, John Leech, John Tenniel, William Blake, and D. G. Rossetti.

The Salisbury Library contains a large collection of prints related to Welsh studies.

Date range: 17th-19th century

Strengths: Topographical prints, illustrated newspapers, wood engraving.

Size: c. 300,000 prints and illustrations

Languages:  Welsh, English.

Keywords: Illustrations, prints, engravings, architecture, Wales, Britain, Europe.

Notes:  The Marburger Index on microfiche contains 1.8 million images of art and architecture from around central Europe, supplemented by a modern colour slides collection of 8,000 images, of architecture from across Europe. A resource guide to Special Collections and Archives' illustrated sources is available.