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The Graphic

Blampied's work has been found in only seven issues of The Graphic, five of which are the special Christmas numbers in 1914, 1915, 1916, 1922 and 1924. I have searched the magazine from January 1912 to December 1915 and from January 1920 to June 1925, so I may have missed some illustrations in the gap, but he was in Jersey from the end of 1916 until the end of 1919, and was not then a regular contributor to news magazines.

The Graphic was one of the Great Eight news and story magazines published in London in the first part of the 20th Century. The Graphic was established in 1869 as as a competitor to The Illustrated London News. Like the ILN it reported the news, initially with lots of engravings, then with photographs when photo-lithography was developed. The magazine also published fiction and, like the other large format magazines, issued a lavish Christmas number with drawings printed in colours for twice the usual weekly price. The magazine merged with The Sphere in 1932 after publishing 3,266 issues.

Published: weekly from December 1929 to July 1932

Price: 6d then 1/-; Christmas issues 1/- then 2/-

Pages: 64

Dimensions: 405 x 295 mm then 375 x 265 mm

Credit: unknown

Printer: H.R. Baines and Company Ltd, Tallis House, Whitefriars, London

Blampied issues: 7

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Cover design, signed Blam

Type: MO = monochrome drawing; CO = colour drawing; the number indicates the number of drawings.

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— 1913 —

Issue: 21-Jun-1913, vol. 87, no. 2273, p xii. Midsummer Number. Price: 1/-. Type: MO2. Author: Paulamay Colquohoun Title: Gabe.

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— 1914 —

Issue: Christmas 1914, vol. 90, no. 2347a, p 32. Price: 1/-. Type: cO1. Author: none. Title: The Thunderstorm. Credit: Blompied

[This illustration was also reproduced as an unsigned post card which shows that in the original drawing a Zeppelin could be seen through the window. Perhaps this was considered to be too fearful for the Christmas issue of a national weekly newspaper? ]

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— 1915 —

Issue: Christmas 1915, vol. 92, no. 2399a, p 9. Title page. Price: 1/-. Type: CO1. Author: none. Title: The Dream True.

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— 1916 —

Issue: Christmas 1916, vol. 94, no. 2452a, p 8. Title page. Price: 1/-. Type: CO1. Author: none. Title: A Christmas dream in the front-line trench. A fantasy by a French artist.

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— 1922 —

Issue: Christmas 1922, vol. 105, no. 2765a, Cover. Price: 2/-. Type: CO1. Author: None. Title: None.

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— 1924 —

Issue: Christmas 1924, vol. 110, no. 2869a, p 28. Price: 2/-. Type: CO1. Author: L. Godfrey-Turner Title: The Fashionable Fairy

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— 1926 —

Issue: 23-Oct-1926, vol. 114, no. 2967, p 710. Price: 1/-. Type: MO1. Author: James Milne Title: A Book Pilgrimage

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