The Graphic: An Illustrated Weekly News Paper [January - June 1876]
Various Authors, The Graphic: An Illustrated Weekly News Paper, London, January - June 1876
632 pages, 50 full page engravings, and 15 double page engravings of India, 10 single page, and 3 double page engravings of Ceylon; blue buckram with gilt lettering and decoration.
16.3 x 11.75 x 2.5 in (41.5 x 30 x 6 cm)
The Graphic (January - June 1876) is one of the most exhaustive record of the Prince of Wales tour in India on eve of the first Durbar of 1877. The Prince of Wales made an eight-month-tour of India and other colonies in 1875 and 1876.
The remarkable thing about this volume is that most of the drawings were first hand drawings, based on the actual event itself, contributed jointly by William Simpson, who, travelled separately for the Illustrated London News, along with two artist-reporters for the Graphic (Walter Charles Horsley and Herbert Johnson). Over the course of this seminal royal tour, which lasted seven months in total (including the journey to and from India), between them they channeled a constant stream of images back to Britain through the pages of the periodical press. They chronicled every aspect of the Royal visit to an unprecedented degree.
"The Graphic was a British weekly illustrated newspaper, first published on 4 December 1869 by William Luson Thomas's company, Illustrated Newspapers Limited. The influence of The Graphic in the art world was immense, and its many admirers included Vincent Van Gogh and Hubert von Herkomer. In April 1932, the title was changed to The National Graphic in and the weekly ceased publication after 3,266 issues. The Graphic was designed to compete with the famous Illustrated London News (established in 1842), and became its most successful rival. It appealed to the same middle-class readership, but The Graphic, as its name suggests, was intended to use images in a more vivid and striking way than the rather staid Illustrated London News (ILN)". (Source: Wikipedia)