Navy and Army Illustrated


The Navy and Army Illustrated (1895-1903) was a venture by the newspaper magnate George Newnes. It is interesting as, while its appeal may at first seem limited to the armed forces (and hence we might regard it as a professional periodical), it was actually intended to promote “a national and patriotic purpose” in a general audience by familiarising the general public with the armed forces. As the issues of the journal we have on this site show, it was lavishly illustrated with a tendency to glamorise military and naval life. 

The adverts – usually a good sign of the kind of readership a periodical is aimed at – were in fact general, but in itself this is no indication that such a periodical might not be aimed at a military audience, as military periodicals had long addressed the entire life of a military man, not just his specialised military one.