George Eliot Portrait Gallery

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

What about other George Eliot representations? Other depictions of Eliot 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? The next phase of development for the images collection will be to add pictures of Eliot’s homes and places associated with her life in England. In our George Eliot’s Travels section, we are adding images of places she visited abroad. In our George Eliot’s Relationship Web section, you’ll find images of people she knew, including family members, friends, and business associates.

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.


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

1870-78 estimated date of sitting
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