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Linton- Life in the Collections

Herbert Ingram ed.:

London 1842-47

Between January 1843 and the end of 1847, the workshop of Linton and his partner John Orrin Smith executed a large part of the engravings of this first illustrated magazine with topics of everyday politics. The founding of The Illustrated London News had been inspired by the success of the radical satire magazine Punch. Ebenezer Landells, an engraver who had been  trained in  the Bewick workshop, became the art director of both papers. „For the Illustrated London News, after its first year, Smith & Linton did a great amount of work, from drawings by Harvey, Meadows, Gilbert, Duncan, Dodgson, Leitch, and other artists; and copies of pictures by the old masters, and paintings in the annual exhibitions of the Royal Academy and the two Water-Colour Galleries. A very remarkable man was the proprietor of the News, Herbert Ingram, a Lincolnshire printer, who, (...) came to London and met with a projector named Marriott, from whom he obtained the idea of an illustrated paper. Ingram was a curious character: uneducated, without literary ability or knowledge or appreciation of Art, he seemed about the last man to be the conductor of an illustrated paper; but he had a kind of intuitive faculty of judging what would please the ordinary public, a perception of that which seemed never to fail. And he was enterprising and liberal.“ (Memories)