King’s Cross Station. Original antique print published in ‘The Illustrated London News’ on Saturday 23rd. October 1852. This item will be supplied as a full page (see Gallery image) and contains a full report of the opening together with a report and image of a ‘landslip’ on the Great Northern Railway at Spittal-gate cutting near Grantham, Lincolnshire.
The first issue of The Illustrated London News appeared on Saturday, 14 May 1842, timed to report on the young Queen Victoria‘s first masquerade ball. Its 16 pages and 32 wood engravings covered topics such as the war in Afghanistan, a train crash in France, a survey of the candidates for the US presidential election, extensive crime reports, theatre and book reviews, and a list of births, marriages and deaths. 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 ILN (as it was affectionately known) appeared weekly until 1971, then less frequently thereafter. Publication ceased in 2003.