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Complete run of The Graphic

There's much excitement here at the library this week with the arrival of no fewer than SIXTY volumes of The Graphic magazine. The bulk are from the first third of the 20th century, many of which were previously missing from the Illustrated London News Archive we house here, so we’re delighted we can now offer this important resource to clients in its most complete form from 1869 to 1932. The Graphic was founded as a pictorial paper to rival the ILN, and had ambitions to include work of the finest artists and writers. Thus John Everett Millais, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Luke Fildes and Thomas Hardy were among the contributors. We can digitally search The Graphic for names, places and events, and scan anything required at high-res to order. We'll also start adding content to our website very soon.


Open House London

The Open House initiative, when London opens its doors to allow people to explore, enjoy and better understand the city’s built environment, celebrates its 25th anniversary this coming weekend. Over 800 buildings across every London borough will have free public entry, and following our successful debut last year, Mary Evans Picture Library is again taking part. Our building, an Arts and Crafts-style former parish hall built in 1928, is not normally open to the public but is a fascinating place to visit, so do come along. We’ll be open on Saturday 16th September only, with access by tour at half-hourly intervals from 10am to 4.30pm. More info at


Best in show

We continue to grow our representation of wonderful photographer Shirley Baker’s work with an upload of images taken in the 1960s and ‘70s of dog shows and dogs out and about on the street. As sociable animals, dogs are a perfect foil for human behaviour, and provide endless entertaining scenarios for the observant photographer. This selection introduces some great characters, both human and canine.