Black and White (magazine)

Black and White: A Weekly Illustrated Record and Review was a British illustrated weekly periodical founded in 1891 by Charles Norris Williamson. In 1912 it was incorporated with The Sphere.

In its first year Black and White published 'A Straggler of '15', a short story by Conan Doyle, and began serializing 'The South Seas', a series of letters by Robert Louis Stevenson.[1] It published fiction by Henry James, Bram Stoker, H. G. Wells, Robert Barr, A. E. W. Mason, Jerome K. Jerome and E. Nesbit.[2] Others who wrote for Black and White included Samuel Bensusan (18721958), J. Keighley Snowden, Philip Howard Colomb, Nora Hopper, Henry Dawson Lowry (18691906), Robert Wilson Lynd and Barry Pain. May Sinclair published her first short story, 'A Study From Life', in the magazine in November 1895.[3] The periodical carried art by Harry Furniss, Mortimer Menpes and Richard Caton Woodville, and photography by Horace Nicholls.[1]

Oswald Crawfurd (18341909) was a director of Black and White on its establishment. Eden Philpotts worked as part-time assistant editor in the 1890s,[4] and Arthur Mee worked as an editor in the late 1890s.[1]

The British Library has a complete run of Black and White.[5]


  1. ODNB
  2. Magazine Data File
  3. Suzanne Raitt, May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), p. 273
  4. Thomas Moult, ‘Phillpotts, Eden (1862–1960)’, rev. James Y. Dayananda, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , Retrieved 2 January 2008
  5. Select List of Victorian Illustrated Newspapers and Journals in British Library Newspapers
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