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The Royal Magazine

C. Arthur Pearson Ltd., Henrietta Street, London W.C.


The Royal Magazine was a companion story magazine to Pearson's Magazine, which had been started two years earlier, in 1896. It was intended to compete with The Harmsworth Magazine in an increasingly crowded field of fiction magazines. It continued to publish fiction until December 1934, a total of 434 monthly issues, and then became a magazine devoted to cinema and films.

Blampied's drawings appeared in The Royal Magazine intermittently over a fairly long period, from July 1913 to October 1925, including two cover designs, for the issues of August 1914 and April 1916. I have inspected all 198 issues published between November 1910 (vol 25) and April 1927 (vol 57). Single issues of the magazine are hard to find but I have seven bound volumes, each of six issues, which contain 14 stories with illustrations by Blampied. The volumes were bound in decorated cloth for sale by the publisher (see left) and do not contain the illustrated covers or advertisements. The bound copies in libraries usually contain the whole magazine, including the illustrated covers.


Numbering: Volume of 6 issues, from May to October then November to April, all issues sequentially numbered

Price: 6 pence, increasing to 1 shilling.

Pages: 94

Dimensions: 240 x 255 mm approx

Editor: F.E. Baily (1912-1927)

Printer: George Binney Dibblee, Windsor House, Bream's Buildings, London E.C..

Blampied issues: 22


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An example of the binding of a volume of the magazine


See also:

Mike Ashley (2006) The Age of the Storytellers. British Popular Fiction Magazines 1880-1950. London & Delaware, USA: The British Library and Oak Knoll Press.

The Royal Magazine at FictionMags Index.


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


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— 1913 —


Issue: July 1913, vol. 30, no. 177, page 243-252. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO3. Title: The Pantomime Cat. Author: Jesse Pope. [No image available]


Issue: August 1913, vol. 30, no. 178, page 334-339. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO3. Title: Borrowed Plumes. Author: Rosemary North. [No image available]


— 1914 —


Issue: August 1914, vol. 32, no. 190, page Cover. Price: 4.5d. Type: CO1. [No image available]


— 1915 —


Issue: February 1915, vol. 33, no. 196, page 317-322. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO5. Title: The French as they Are. Author: John N. Raphael.

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Issue: June 1915, vol. 34, no. 200, page 161-167. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO2. Title: Painting Pierrette. Author: Dorothy Rose.

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Issue: October 1915, vol. 34, no. 204, page 507-512. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO2. Title: The Boy in the Box. Author: Phyllis Dare.

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Issue: November 1915, vol. 35, no. 205, page 85-87. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO2. Title: The Actor's Wife. Author: Claire Thornton.

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— 1916 —


Issue: January 1916, vol. 35, no. 207, page 225-230. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO1. Title: The Experiment. Author: Violet Vanbrugh.

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Issue: April 1916, vol. 35, no. 210, page Cover. Price: 4.5d. Type: CO1.


Issue: May 1916, vol. 36, no. 211, page 41-45. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO5. Title: The Afternoon "At Home". Author: Lady Warwick.

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Issue: June 1916, vol. 36, no. 212, page 132-1331. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO3. Title: The Garden Party. Author: Lady Warwick.

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Issue: July 1916, vol. 36, no. 213, page 214-217. Price: 4.5d. Type: MO4. Title: The River. Author: Lady Warwick.

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Issue: November 1916, vol. 37, no. 217, page 50-52. Price: 6d. Type: MO4. Title: The Wives of Tomorrow. Author: Rosemary North.

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Issue: December 1916, vol. 37, no. 218, page 115-121. Price: 6d. Type: CO2. Title: Those flighty flappers. Author: Rosemary North.

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— 1917 —


Issue: March 1917, vol. 37, no. 221, page 465-469. Price: 6d. Type: MO4. Title: Two simple souls. Author: Christine Jope-Salde.

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— 1920 —


Issue: April 1920, vol. 43, no. 258, page 454-461. Price: 6d. Type: MO3. Title: The Amateur Vamp. Author: Christine Jope-Slade.

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— 1922 —


Issue: July 1922, vol. 48, no. 285, page 256-263. Price: 1/-. Type: MO2. Title: Harvest of Fools. Author: Christine Jope-Salde. [No image available]


— 1923 —


Issue: May 1923, vol. 50, no. 295, page 65-73. Price: 1/-. Type: MO3. Title: The Possessive Sense. Author: Stacy Aumonier. [No image available]


Issue: August 1923, vol. 50, no. 298, page 352-355. Price: 1/-. Type: CO4. Title: The Moral story of Evie and Herbert told in a picture by Blam. Author: Dorothy Rose. [No image available]


Issue: September 1923, vol. 50, no. 299, page 455. Price: 1/-. Type: CO1. Title: Reflections.

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— 1925 —


Issue: August 1925, vol. 54, no. 322, page 485-491. Price: 1/-. Type: MO2. Title: Within a dream. Author: Olive Wadsley.

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Issue: October 1925, vol. 54, no. 324, page 588-596. Price: 1/-. Type: MO2. Title: Pink Icing. Author: Phyllis H. Denham.

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