George Eliot Illustrations Gallery

After years of collecting multiple illustrated editions of George Eliot’s works, including some rare, expensive volumes, I've finally found a good use for them. The George Eliot Archive team is scanning, cleaning, tagging, and providing metadata for this constantly expanding exhibit of illustrations and has already uploaded more than 200 images. 

These public domain illustrations of George Eliot's works have been collected for the first time to facilitate multi-disciplinary scholarship. Here, you will find illustrations of all of Eliot’s novels and short stories and several of her poems. We are publishing this gallery as CC-BY-NC-4.0 so that you may download and share them freely. We ask only that you attribute your source, the George Eliot Archive (https://GeorgeEliotArchive.org).

Our sources are books published before 1925 and now out of copyright. Scans from the illustrated George Eliot's Works published by New York's Thomas Y. Crowell in 1894 are represented, along with several other important sources, including A Souvenir of George Eliot: Scenes and Characters from the Works of George Eliot: A Series of Illustrations by Eminent Artists with Introductory Essay and Descriptive Letterpress by L. G. Seguin (1888), George Eliot Portfolio: Being a Series of Sixty Japanese Paper Proofs from Original Etchings and Photo-Etchings Illustrating George Eliot’s Works (1888), the Dana Estes edition of Complete Poems by George Eliot (1886), and many others. 

We also have collected all of Frederic Leighton's illustrations of Romola, the only novel by George Eliot that was illustrated in its first edition in 1862-63. Our illustrations were scanned from the larger two-volume gift edition published by George Smith in 1880.

In progress is a collection of images related to Eliot's homes, along with other places in England associated with her life and/or works. Many publishers have reprinted images of Eliot's homes, presumably to situate the author among the upper-middle class—a visual representation of her tremendous success. Readers have always been curious about the personal lives of the authors they admire; images of the homes of George Eliot, along with portraits of the artist (see our gallery here), catered to readers' curiosity and more generally to the cult of celebrity that made her the highest-paid female author in nineteenth-century England. 


Ag1. Fair countess Linda72.jpg

Taylor, W. L. (1854-1927)
"Agatha"
Ag2. Come with me to the mountain72.jpg

Schell, Fred B. (1838-1905)
"Agatha"
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Unknown
"Agatha"
Ar1. Armgart72.jpg

Lewis, Robert
"Armgart"
Brother an sister72.jpg

Shelton, W[illiam] H[enry] (1840-1932)
"Brother and Sister"
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Shelton, W[illiam] H[enry] (1840-1932)
"Brother and Sister"
Brother Jacob Illustration 1.pdf

Keene, Charles Samuel
Swain, Joseph
"Brother Jacob"
Lisa72.jpg

Champney, James Wells (1843-1903)
"How Lisa Loved the King"
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"How Lisa Loved the King"
The legend of Jubal72.jpg

Harper, William St. John (1851-1910)
"The Legend of Jubal"
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Woodward, J.D. (1846-1924)
"The Legend of Jubal"
LaTransfusionduSang-1878-HE Blanchon-LiftedVeil.jpg

Blanchon, H. E.
"The Lifted Veil"
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Taylor, W. L. (1854-1926)
"Two Lovers"
AB1. Dinah at Hayslope72.jpg

Low, Will H. (1853-1932)
Adam Bede
AB2. Hetty72.jpg

Dielman, Frederic (1847-1935)
Adam Bede
AB3. Hayslope church72.jpg

Hill, J. Henry (1839-1922)
Adam Bede
AB4.Adam Bede72.jpg

Merrill, Frank T. (1848-1923)
Adam Bede
AB5. Donnithorne Arms72.jpg

Gifford, R. Swaine (1840-1905)
Adam Bede
AB6. Hall farm72.jpg

Hill, J. Henry (1839-1922)
Adam Bede
346.jpg

Merrill, Frank T. (1848-1923)
Adam Bede
347.jpg

Merrill, Frank T. (1848-1923)
Adam Bede
348.jpg

Merrill, Frank T. (1848-1923)
Adam Bede
277.jpg

Unknown
Adam Bede
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Merrill, Frank T. (1848-1923)
Adam Bede
847-v2.jpg

Peirce, H. Winthrop (1850-1935)
Adam Bede
DD1. Gwendolen and the gaming table72.jpg

Pierce, H. Winthrop (1850-1935)
Daniel Deronda
DD2. The poisoned diamonds72.jpg

Pierce, H. Winthrop (1850-1935)
Daniel Deronda
DD3. Gwendolen72.jpg

Dielman, Frederic (1847-1935)
Daniel Deronda
DD4. Deronda and his mother72.jpg

Freer, F. W. (1849-1908)
Daniel Deronda
DD5. Deronda and Mirah72.jpg

Freer, F. W. (1849-1908)
Daniel Deronda
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Harper, William St. John (1851-1910)
Daniel Deronda
321.jpg

Pierce, H. Winthrop (1850-1935)
Daniel Deronda
706-v17.jpg

Pegram, Frederick (1870-1937)
Daniel Deronda
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Pegram, Frederick (1870-1937)
Daniel Deronda
708-v17.jpg

Pegram, Frederick (1870-1937)
Daniel Deronda
709-v17.jpg

Pegram, Frederick (1870-1937)
Daniel Deronda
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Pegram, Frederick (1870-1937)
Daniel Deronda
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Pegram, Frederick (1870-1937)
Daniel Deronda
712-v16.jpg

Pegram, Frederick (1870-1937)
Daniel Deronda
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Pegram, Frederick (1870-1937)
Daniel Deronda
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Pegram, Frederick (1870-1937)
Daniel Deronda
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