Original Christmas 1855 Illustration - Christmas Supplement Illlustrated London News Saturday 1855 December 22
Very Good Condition, 11" x 16" tall, Color Illustration Drawn by John Gilbert, FIRST COLOR WOODCUT by George C. Leighton Red Lion Square, on heavy gauge paper.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night, - All seated on the ground.
-Reverse- Poem - The Herald Angel by E.L.Hervey, Jones Under Tow Aspects by Horace Mayhew, Poem - The Winters by Frances Browne.
On December 22, 1855 the Illustrated London News issued its "Christmas Supplement." Pages -736 consisted of an an 8-page insert printed on somewhat thicker paper than the regular issues of the newspaper, containing a full-color cover and 3 additional full-page color images printed from woodblocks by George Leighton, who had apprenticed with George Baxter. Each color print was credited "George C. Leighton Red Lion Square." Two of the images were "after Sir John Gilbert," one "after 'Phiz'," and one "after G. Thomas." The remainder of the "Christmas Supplement" (Vol. XXVII, No. 776, pp. -752), was printed in black and white.