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Ebenezer Landells (1808 - 1860)

RA Collection: People and Organisations

Wood-engraver, illustrator, and magazine-proprietor. Pupil of Thomas Bewick and Isaac Nicholson.

In 1829 he moved to London, and before long managed to start his own engraving workshop. After attempting a short-lived fashion journal, Cosmorama, he joined with the journalist Henry Mayhew and the printer William Last to found Punch in 1841. Initial difficulties forced Landells to sell his one-third share to the publishers Bradbury & Evans. After the new owners replaced Landells with Joseph Swain as engraving chief, Landells responded with a pamphlet A Word with Punch (1847).

Herbert Ingram consulted Landells about launching his illustrated weekly Illustrated London News in 1842. After a commission to sketch Victoria’s first visit to Scotland that year, Landells became the paper’s first artist correspondent and continued to supply prints for the newspaper until his death.

Landells was also involved in several other magazines: the less successful Illuminated Magazine (1843–35), Great Gun (1844, in imitation of Punch), the Lady’s Newspaper (1847–63), Diogenes (1853), and the Illustrated Inventor. Responding to the growth in the children’s book market, he wrote and illustrated several books for children: Boy’s Own Toy-Maker (1858), Girl’s Own Toy-Maker (1859), and Illustrated Paper Model Maker (1860).


Born: 1808 in Newcastle

Died: 1 October 1860

Nationality: British

Gender: Male

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