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 in the process of scanning, cleaning, tagging, and providing metadata for this constantly expanding exhibit of illustrations.

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 1924 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), and the Dana Estes edition of Complete Poems by George Eliot (1886). 

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 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. 


AB1. Dinah at Hayslope72.jpg

Low, Will H. (1853-1932)
AB3. Hayslope church72.jpg

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

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

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

Hill, J. Henry (1839-1922)
DD1. Gwendolen and the gaming table72.jpg

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

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

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

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

Freer, F. W. (1849-1908)
FH1. Esther Lyon72.jpg

Dielman, Frederic (1847-1935)
FH2. Felix and Job72.jpg

Shelton, W[illiam] H[enry] (1840-1932)
FH3. Felix wounded72.jpg

Sandham, Henry (1842-1910)
FH4. Esther and Harold72.jpg

Hassam, F. Childe (1859-1935)
MM1. Dorothea72.jpg

Dielman, Frederic (1847-1935)
MM2. Casauban and Dorothea72.jpg

Taylor, W. L. (1854-1927)
MM3. Celia72.jpg

Taylor, W. L. (1854-1927)
MM6. Dr. Lydgate and Rosamond72.jpg

Taylor, W. L. (1854-1927)
MM7. Dorothea, Ladislaw and Rosamond72.jpg

Taylor, W. L. (1854-1927)
Ag1. Fair countess Linda72.jpg

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

Schell, Fred B. (1838-1905)
Brother an sister72.jpg

Shelton, W[illiam] H[enry] (1840-1932)
Lisa72.jpg

Champney, James Wells (1843-1903)
The legend of Jubal72.jpg

Harper, William St. John (1851-1910)
Two lovers72.jpg

Taylor, W. L. (1854-1927)
DR1. Romola72.jpg

Harper, William St. John (1851-1910)
DR2. Tito and the ring72.jpg

Satterlee, Walter (1844-1908)
DR3. Tito Melema72.jpg

Satterlee, Walter (1844-1908)
DR4. Giralamo72.jpg

Unger, William (1837-1932)
DR5. the visible madonna72.jpg

Harper, William St. John (1851-1910)
DR6. Macchiavelli72.jpg

Unger, William (1837-1932)
DR7. Romola at the well72.jpg

Harper, William St. John (1851-1910)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896)
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