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. 


MF_HistoryOfTheDevil.jpg

The Mill on the Floss
Lisa72.jpg

"How Lisa Loved the King"
DD_MirahMordecai.jpg

Daniel Deronda
AB2. Hetty72.jpg

Adam Bede
FH1. Esther Lyon72.jpg

Felix Holt, the Radical
MM1. Dorothea72.jpg

Middlemarch
DD3. Gwendolen72.jpg

Daniel Deronda
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Silas Marner
R_DeathOfTito.jpg

Romola
DD4. Deronda and his mother72.jpg

Daniel Deronda
DD5. Deronda and Mirah72.jpg

Daniel Deronda
SG1. Fedalma72.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
SG9. The embarkment72.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
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The Mill on the Floss
MF_MyChild.jpg

The Mill on the Floss
SG2. The Troubador72.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
MF_MaggieLucy.jpg

The Mill on the Floss
MF2. Lucy and Maggie72.jpg

The Mill on the Floss
DR1. Romola72.jpg

Romola
SG3. Fedalma the Spanish Gypsy72.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
SG7. My father comes72.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
SG8. Tis a sword72.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
FH_Village.jpg

Felix Holt, the Radical
FH4. Esther and Harold72.jpg

Felix Holt, the Radical
AB3. Hayslope church72.jpg

Adam Bede
AB6. Hall farm72.jpg

Adam Bede
Brother Jacob Illustration 1.pdf

"Brother Jacob"
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Romola
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Romola
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Romola 
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Romola
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Romola
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Romola
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Romola
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Romola
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Romola
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Adam Bede
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Felix Holt, the Radical
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Felix Holt, the Radical
AB_DinahMorris.jpg

Adam Bede
AB_HettySorrel.jpg

Adam Bede
BrotherAndSister.jpg

"Brother and Sister"
SCL_Janet.jpg

Scenes of Clerical Life
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Scenes of Clerical Life
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Scenes of Clerical Life
SCL2. Shepperton Village72.jpg

Scenes of Clerical Life
MF_MaggieGypsy.jpg

The Mill on the Floss
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The Mill on the Floss
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The Mill on the Floss
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The Mill on the Floss
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The Spanish Gypsy
DD_Liebchen.jpg

Daniel Deronda
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Daniel Deronda
DD_FitOfMadness.jpg

Daniel Deronda
DD_EyesMetDerondas.jpg

Daniel Deronda
AB_DinahMorris.jpg

Adam Bede
DD_Gwendolen1.jpg

Daniel Deronda
MM_Bulstrodes.jpg

Middlemarch
FH3. Felix wounded72.jpg

Felix Holt, the Radical
DR3. Tito Melema72.jpg

Romola
SG4. Deep mountain gorge72.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
FH2. Felix and Job72.jpg

Felix Holt, the Radical
MF_GoingFishing.jpg

"Brother and Sister"
SG5. Death of Zarca72.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
MF1. Maggie and Stephen72.jpg

The Mill on the Floss
SM_TheNewGold.jpg

Silas Marner
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Silas Marner
SM_NancyGodfrey.jpg

Silas Marner
MM3. Celia72.jpg

Middlemarch
SG6. Fedalma dance in the street72.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
SCL3. Janet at the door72.jpg

Scenes of Clerical Life
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Silas Marner
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Silas Marner
SM_LongPipes.jpg

Silas Marner
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Silas Marner
SM_TheCarril.jpg

Silas Marner
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Silas Marner
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Silas Marner
SM_GodfreysWife.jpg

Silas Marner
SM_BesetByMothers.jpg

Silas Marner
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Silas Marner
SM_HereSatEppie.jpg

Silas Marner
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Silas Marner
SM_EppieFrisking.jpg

Silas Marner
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Silas Marner
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Silas Marner
MF_MaggiesGarret.jpg

The Mill on the Floss
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The Mill on the Floss
SCL_CaterinaSinging.jpg

Scenes of Clerical Life
"Mr Gilfil's Love Story"
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Felix Holt, the Radical
FH_GoGently.jpg

Felix Holt, the Radical
HowLisaLovedTheKing.jpg

"How Lisa Loved the King"
SG_ItIsSilva.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy
DD_Kalonymos.jpg

Daniel Deronda
FH_EstherFelix.jpg

Felix Holt, the Radical
SCL_Shepperton.jpg

Scenes of Clerical Life
SG_BrightFedalma.jpg

The Spanish Gypsy