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Front page of 1 October 1904 edition
(Coronation of Peter I of Serbia)
Founder(s)Édouard Charton
Adolphe Joanne
Editor-in-chiefEdmond Texier
(after 1860)
Founded4 March 1843
Ceased publication1944
HeadquartersParis, Saint-Mandé, Bobigny

L'Illustration (1843–1944) was a French illustrated weekly newspaper published in Paris.[1] It was founded by Édouard Charton with the first issue published on 4 March 1843, it became the first illustrated newspaper in France then, after 1906, the first international illustrated magazine; distributed in 150 countries.[2]


In 1891, L'Illustration became the first French newspaper to publish a photograph. Many of these photographs came from syndicated photo-press agencies like Chusseau-Flaviens, but the publication also employed its own photographers such as Léon Gimpel and others. In 1907, L'Illustration was the first to publish a color photograph. It also published Gaston Leroux' novel Le mystère de la chambre jaune as a serial a year before its 1908 release. La Petite Illustration was the name of the supplement to L'Illustration that published fiction, plays, and other arts-related material.[2]

During the Second World War, while it was owned by the Baschet family, L'Illustration supported Marshal Philippe Pétain's Révolution nationale,[3] but turned down pro-German articles by French aristocrat and diplomat Jacques Bouly de Lesdain.[3] However, Lesdain later became its political editor.[4][5]

The magazine was shut down in 1944 following the Liberation of Paris.[6] Another version re-opened in 1945 under the name France-Illustration, but went bankrupt in 1957.

Notable contributors[edit]


  • Gaston Sorbets (from 1923).[3]



Notable photographers[edit]

Notable illustrators (1843–1914)[edit]



  1. ^ French Wartime Magazines and Periodicals: L'Illustration. greatwardifferent.com.
  2. ^ a b L'Illustration 1933.
  3. ^ a b c Geneste, Elsa (2013). "René Maran et la Résistance : enquête sur une prétendue collaboration". Présence Africaine (in French). 1 (187–188): 139–152. doi:10.3917/presa.187.0139.
  4. ^ Lackerstein, Debbie (March 2012). National Regeneration in Vichy France: Ideas and Policies, 1930-1944. Ashgate. p. 210. ISBN 978-0754667216.
  5. ^ Lambauer, Barbara (2004). "Otto Abetz, inspirateur et catalyseur de la collaboration culturelle". In Betz, Albrecht; Martens, Stefan (eds.). Les intellectuels et l'Occupation, 1940-1944. Paris: Autrement. pp. 64–89. ISBN 9782746705401. Retrieved October 4, 2016 – via Cairn.info.
  6. ^ Grenier, Jean (1997). Sous l'Occupation (Collection "Pour mémoire") (in French). Publisher: C. Paulhan. ISBN 978-2912222008.


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