In 1842, Herbert Ingram, a young printer and newsagent from Nottingham, arrived in
London. As a newsagent he noticed that when on the rare occasions that
newspapers included woodcuts, their sales increased. He therefore came to the
conclusion that it would be possible to make a good profit from a magazine that
included a large number of illustrations.
Herbert Ingram discussed the proposal with his friend, Mark Lemon, the editor of
Punch magazine. With Lemon as his chief adviser, the first edition of the Illustrated
London News appeared on 14th May 1842. Costing sixpence, the magazine had
sixteen pages and thirty-two woodcuts. The first edition included pictures of the war
in Afghanistan, a train crash in France, a steam-boat explosion in Canada and a fancy
dress ball at Buckingham Palace.