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Landells
Landells
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it-oop,’ from his strong Northumbrian accent, which, never deserted him. His chief work was contributed to illustrated periodical literature.

Landells started about 1840 an illustrated journal of fashion, called ‘The Cosmorama,' which had s short life. Shortly afterwards he conceived the idea of ‘Punch, or the London Charivari,’ of which he was the original projector. He communicated the idea to Henry Mathew, who was one of the first editors Landrells undertaking to find the drawings and engravings. At first there were three shareholders in the venture, Lsndells holding one, Mayhew, Mark Lemon, and Stirling Coyne, the editors, a second, and Joseph Last, the printer, a third. The first number appeared on 17 July 1841. After a few weeks Landell purchased Last's share, and on 24 Dec. 1842 sold his two shares to Messrs. Bradbury & Evans for 350l., on condition of being employed for a fixed time as engraver for the paper. Messrs. Bradbury & Evans also acquired the editors’ share, and thus became the sole proprietors. When Herbert Ingram [q. v.] started the ‘Illustrated London News’ in 1842, Landells was consulted. He engraved much for the early numbers, and was employed to make sketches of the queen's first journey to Scotland for reproduction in the per. He played a similar part in the royal visits to the Rhine and to other placss, and was the first special artist-correspondent. His Scottish sketchss were noticed by the queen, who thenceforth showed him much favour. In 1843 he was associated with Ingram and others in starting the ‘Illuminated Magazine,' a periodical of which Douglas Jerrold [rt v.] was editor, and for which Landells supplied all the woodcut illusuations. A more successful venture for Landells was the 'Lady's Newspaper,' of which the first number appeared on 2 Jan. 1847, with a title-page engraved by him. This was the earliest paper devoted to female interests, and after a successful career was ultimately incorporated with the still existing weakly paper ‘The Queen.' Landells was connected that er aa artist or proprietor, with other journalistic experiments, such as 'The Great Gun’ (started in 1844), ‘Diogenes’ (1858), the ‘Illustrated Inventor,' &c., but his pecunary profits were never large. His later engravings lack any special excellence, but he was a good instructor and much respected by his puplis and assistants, among whom were Edmund Evans, Birket Foster, J. Greenaway, T. Armstrong, the Dalziels, and other well-known wood-engravers. Landells, according to the custom of his profession, usually put his own name to the blocks which were engraved under his direction. He illustrated some books for children, such as the ‘Boy's Own Toy Maker’ (l858; 10th edit. 1881), the ‘Illustrated Paper Model Maker’ (l860), &c. He died on 1 Oct. 1860 at Victoria Grove, West Brompton, and his widow with two sons and four daughters, survived him. He was married, on 9 Jan. 1832, at New St. Pancras Church, London, to Anne, eldest daughter of Robert McLegan of London.

Landells, Robert Thomas (1838-1877), artist and special war correspondent, born in London on 1 Aug. 1888, was eldest son of the above. He was educated principally in France, and afterwards studied drawing and painting in London. In 1856 Landella was sent by the ‘Illustrated London News’ as special artist to the Crimea, and contributed some illustrations of the close of the campaign. After the peace he went to Moscow or the coronation of the csar, Alexander II, and contributed illustrations of the ceremony. He was present as artist throughout the war between Germany and Denmark in 1868, receiving decorations from both sides, and again in the war between Austria and Prussia in 1866; on the latter occasion he was attached to the staff of the Crown Prince of Prussia, afterwards Emporer Frederick III. On the outbreak of the Franco-German war in 1870 he was again attached to the staff of the crown prince, and during the siege of Paris resided at the prince's headquarters in Versailles. He received the Pnrsaian cross not only for his labours as an artist, but for his assistance to the ambulances, and also the Bavarian cross for valour. His war sketches were always much admired. As a painter he also had some success. He was employed by the queen to paint memorial pictures of various ceremonials which she attended. He died on 6 Jan. 1877 at Winchester Terrace, Chelsea. He married, on 19 March 1857, at New St. Pancras Church, London, Elisabeth Ann, youngest daughter of George Herbert Rodwe1l[q. v.], musical composer, and grand-daughter of Listen the actor. By her he had two sons and two daughters.

[Informaion from Mrs J. H. Chaplin, Mr. Mason Jackson, and Mr. M. H. Spielman.]

L. C.

LANDEN, JOHN (1719–1790), mathematician, was born at Peakirk, near Peterborough in Northamptonshire, on 28 Jan. 1719. He was brought up to the business of a surveyor, and acted as land agent to William Wentworth, earl Fitzwilliam [q. v.], from 1762 to 1788. Cultivating mathematics during his leisure hours, he became a contributor to the ‘Ladies' Diary’ in 1744, pub-