A centrepiece in the Illustrated London News, Christmas 1896, entitled The Christmas Tree. The artist, Lucien Davis, was a talented illustrator who specialised in society and leisure scenes. Before 1848, Christmas trees were a German custom, unusual in Britain. When the ILN’s Christmas issue of that year depicted the Royal Family gathered around their tree, it became a potent symbol of Victorian Christmas festivities

A centrepiece in the Illustrated London News, Christmas 1896, entitled The Christmas Tree. The artist, Lucien Davis, was a talented illustrator who specialised in society and leisure scenes. Before 1848, Christmas trees were a German custom, unusual in Britain. When the ILN’s Christmas issue of that year depicted the Royal Family gathered around their tree, it became a potent symbol of Victorian Christmas festivities

The Christmas cover of the Illustrated London News, 1906, artist unknown, from the golden period ofILN Christmas images

Christmas past captured in pictures from the Illustrated London News

The Christmas cover of the Illustrated London News, 1906, artist unknown, from the golden period ofILN Christmas images

The Christmas cover of the Illustrated London News, 1886. The gentle tones aredue to the r...

The Christmas cover of the Illustrated London News, 1886. The gentle tones aredue to the r...

Christmas past captured in pictures from the Illustrated London News

The Day after Christmas,from the Illustrated London News, by Mark L Symons, a highly origi...

Cover proof - possibly showing Chicago's famous Carson Pirie & Scott Department Store at Christmas, circa December 1918

Cover proof - possibly showing Chicago's famous Carson Pirie & Scott Department Store at Christmas, circa December 1918

JOHN HAIG & CO. LTD. - Haig Whisky. Vintage Christmas advert from the Illustrated London News Magazine, December, 1952.

JOHN HAIG & CO. LTD. - Haig Whisky. Vintage Christmas advert from the Illustrated London News Magazine, December, 1952.

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