Illustration Chronicles celebrates the rich history of illustration by telling 175 unique and inspiring stories from the last 175 years.
“Illustration is a fascinating subject and yet its history is rarely told. This project champions the medium and hopes to bring inspiration, insight and knowledge to its readers.”— Philip Kennedy
Through a series of short essays, Illustration Chronicles looks into the images, illustrators and events between 1841–2015 that have left a lasting impact.
Philip Kennedy launched the website in May 2016 to champion the medium. His aim was to offer readers a good introduction to the field and provide a useful starting point to discover similar works.
Here are some reading recommendations to get you started:
- 1841: How Punch Magazine Changed Everything
- 1850: Obsessed with Cats: The Ukiyo-e Prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi
- 1873: A Very Victorian Caricature: Leslie Ward & Vanity Fair
- 1916: Einar Nerman’s Beautifully Illustrated Sheet-Music Covers
- 1917: “I Want YOU!” – The Story of James Montgomery Flagg’s Iconic Poster
- 1945: The War Drawings of Ronald Searle
- 2005: Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz and the Enduring Evolution of Pop
In addition to the essays, the website also houses a very useful resources page with book recommendations, links to further reading and a directory of museums, galleries and places to go and see illustration.
Explore the website at illustrationchronicles.com