Front page of the Illustrated London News for April 4, 1864. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
From “Today’s News continues a great tradition,” National Geographic, April, 1961.
[Frank] Vizetelly’s drawings and dispatches competed for space in the Illustrated London News with accounts of other wars, treaties, and the obituaries of eminent persons — all of interest to empire-conscious English readers.
A pioneer in global reporting, the News might feature an article about the Polish situation, and complete the page with a Vizetelly drawing of rare Confederate ironclads chewing at Federal ships near Charleston. Ironclads notwithstanding, blockaders bottled up much of Vizetelly’s material.