Lilliput (magazine)

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A December 1946 issue of Lilliput
PublisherPocket Publications
FounderStefan Lorant
First issue1937
Final issue1960
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

Lilliput was a small-format British monthly magazine of humour, short stories, photographs and the arts, founded in 1937 by the photojournalist Stefan Lorant.[1][2] The first issue came out in July and it was sold shortly after to Edward Hulton, when editorship was taken over by Tom Hopkinson in 1940: his assistant editor from 1941 to 1948 was Kaye Webb.[3] During the 1950s Lilliput was edited by Jack Hargreaves. It had a reputation for publishing what were, for the time, fairly daring photographs of female nudes.

Contributors included H. E. Bates, Gordon Beckles, Sir Max Beerbohm, James Boswell, Nigel Balchin (author), Bill Brandt, Brassaï, Patrick Campbell, Barbara Comyns, C.E.M. Joad, Aleister Crowley, Robert Doisneau, Dominick Elwes, Ronald Ferns, C. S. Forester, John Glashan, Zoltán Glass, Sydney Jacobson, Robert Graves, Michael Heath, Constant Lambert, Ergy Landau, Nancy Mitford, Stephen Potter, V. S. Pritchett, E. Arnot Robertson, Murray Sayle, Ronald Searle, Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, and Ylla. In August 1960 it was absorbed into Men Only (which only later became pornographic).

The first 147 issues (until late 1949) had covers illustrated by Walter Trier[2] with each design depicting a man, a woman, and a small Scottish Terrier dog in various situations and periods.

A History, Index and Bibliography of Lilliput will be published in the summer of 2024. The compiler is Chris Harte and it will be released by Sports History Publishing.

Lilliput Review, an American periodical that started in 1989, is unrelated.


  • Bennett, Richard, ed. The Bedside Lilliput. London: Hulton, 1950. Content from 1937–49.
  • Lilliput: Walter Trier's World. Tokyo: Pie, 2004. ISBN 4-89444-367-8 Presents 99 of Trier's covers for Lilliput; text in both Japanese and English.
  • The Lilliput Annual
  • Webb, Kaye, ed. Lilliput Goes to War. London: Hutchinson, 1985.


  1. ^ Hallett, Michael. Stefan Lorant: godfather of photojournalism. Scarecrow Press, 2006 ISBN 0810856824 (p. 61)
  2. ^ a b An air raid siren for the Left, New Criterion, 1 September 2005.
  3. ^ Trotman, Felicity (2015) [2004]. "Webb [married names Brierley, Hunter, Searle], Kathleen (Kaye)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/60767. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)