Technology is awesome. This week, it’s particularly awesome because I learned that the British Library has used it to post a whole mess of nifty illustrations from beloved classic editions of Jane Austen’s novels to its Flikr stream.
Some of these Austen illustrations include Irish Illustrator Hugh Thomson’s famous line drawings for Macmillan’s 1896 edition of Emma, represented below by Mr. Knightley’s proposal.
For more from and about iconic illustrated Austen works, peruse the following:
- Strangegirl.com’s Emma illustrations – Art by Hugh Thomson, Charles E. Brock, Phillip Gough, and Fritz Kredel presented by The Emma Adaptations Pages. Cinthia Soria and Laurel Ann Nattress are primary contributors.
- Hugh Thomson’s illustrated Emma.
- Hugh Thomson at Wikipedia – Includes links to online editions of works he illustrated.
- Austen Illustrators Henry and Charles Brock – My friend Cinthia Soria’s in-depth article on the artist-brothers who brought Austen’s characters to life at the turn of the last century. Also see Cintha’s Jane Austen Castellano blog for great Austen coverage and analysis in Spanish.
- Solitary Elegance – Heather’s Austen site includes scans from Charles Brock’s Emma illustrations from 1909, as well as his art for Austen’s other five major novels.
- The History of England – 15-year-old Jane Austen’s tongue-in-cheek history of England, illustrated by her sister Cassandra. Accessible version here.
- Austen Illustrated – Deb Williams highlights Jane Austen’s various illustrators.
- Gorgeous Jane Austen Novel Illustrations From the Time Before Adaptations by Michelle Dean.