George Eliot Image Gallery

What’s here? These are all the extant portraits of George Eliot created during her lifetime, collected here for the first time in 2019. They are searchable by title, creator, and composition date. 

What about other George Eliot representations? Other depictions you may be familiar with were almost certainly created after her death and based on the portraits she sat for, which you’ll find here.

What’s next?
We have been collecting illustrations of Eliot's works for years and want to share them. The next phase of development for the George Eliot images gallery has already involved the purchase and scanning of several very rare nineteenth-century editions, now in the public domain. This project also involves identifying the artists and engravers of the illustrations whose names rarely appear in the illustrated editions. 

Related visual projects involve adding images of Eliot’s homes and places associated with her life in England, which will become part of our "George Eliot’s Travels" section, where visitors can interact with maps and various visual representations of her travels abroad. In our George Eliot’s Relationship Web section, we are adding portraits of 150 people she knew, including family members, friends, and business associates, except for a few individuals, whose portraits we have been unable to locate. If you can help us locate those images (Edith Simcox, for example), please write.

All items collected by the George Eliot Archive are in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States, but a determination was not made as to their copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. The items may not be in the Public Domain under the laws of other countries. In some cases, items may have an uncertain copyright status because key facts essential to making an accurate copyright determination are missing. These items will be marked as "uncertain copyright status." In any case, the George Eliot Archive makes no warranties about the items displayed and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this Rights Statement. You are responsible for your own use.

Please credit Rilett, Beverley, ed., George Eliot Archive ( as your source.


Photographer: John Edwin Mayall (1810-1901), London Stereoscopic Company

Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema (1852-1909)

Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900)

Possibly Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema (1852-1909)
1870-78 estimated date of sitting

George Barker Jr., 1818-83 (attributed)
1845 (estimated sitting date)

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1849-1939)

Caroline (Cara) Hennell Bray (1814-1905)

Caroline (Cara) Hennell Bray (1814-1905)
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