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    Edmund J Sullivan, Illustrator of Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus

    Edmund Sullivan - Illustrator  (1869-1933)

    Edmund Sullivan - Illustrator (1869-1933) Source:

    Hi Mairiuna! I just can’t wait to start creating the audios for the Rob Roy novel but before I get to that, I thought I would write this post in which I will introduce you to Edmund J Sullivan, the man behind the beautiful illustrations contained in Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus.

    Born in London in 1869, he studied art with his father. He was only 20 years old when he began contributing to various magazines including the Daily Chronicle, The Daily Graphic, The Pall Mall Gazette and Punch magazine.

    To give you an example of his unique style, take a look at this superb drawing to illustrate one of the characters of the book, Blumine. (page 169, of the 1898 George Bell and Sons edition of Sartor Resartus, see book cover at the end of the post)

    Bulmine (Illustration by Edmund J Sullivan) Sartor Resartus

    Blumine (Illustration by Edmund J Sullivan) Sartor Resartus

    Blumine is, “the siren who, Calypso-like, seduced Teufelsdroeckh at the commencement of his career, but who also helped him see that it is not in sentiment, however fine, that the soul’s cravings can find satisfaction”.

    Each chapter heading in the book has a small illustration. For example, this is the one showing at the beginning of Book II, The Chapter I, titled “Genesis” . It clearly denotes the excellency of Edmund Sullivan’s art.

    Edmund Sullivan Illustrator of Sartor Resartus written by Thomas Carlyle

    Click on the links below to view each of the 79 illustrations, I’m sure you’ll be impressed !

    Many thanks to George P. Landow for taking time to scan each of the drawings and for extending permission to add to our site.

    George P Landow

    George P. Landow

    Geroeg bell & Sons Edition 1898

    George Bell & Sons Edition - 1898

    Sartor Resartus Illustration by Edmund J Sullivan

    Sartor Resartus Illustration by Edmund J Sullivan

    The earliest known work for Edmund Sullivan is the image he did for the Society of Illustrators founded by Joseph Pennell in 1895, A London Garland.

    Other Illustration Works

    French Revolution-Thomas carlyle-1837

    French Revolution-Thomas Carlyle-1837

    The Pirate - Waverley novels - Walter Scott

    The Pirate - Waverley novels - Walter Scott

    Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes (1896)

    The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1896)

    The Pirate by Walter Scott (1898)

    A Dream of Fair Women and Other Poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1900)

    A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells (1905)

    The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle (1910)

    Talk soon. 🙂


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