Project Gutenberg has scanned a Sense and Sensibility novel illustrated by Hugh Thompson. “You can view all of Hugh Thomson’s illustrations in this complete edition. Only the illustration on p. 290 (“I was formally dismissed”) is missing, and the introduction by Austin Dobson seems incomplete and ends abruptly.” (From PG foreword)
Hugh Thomson was one of the most popular and successful book illustrators of the Victorian era. He was born in Ireland in 1860, where his skills as an illustrator were recognized when he was still a teenager. Hugh was trained by John Vinycomb, the head designer at Marcus Ward & Co, a prominent Belfast publishing house. He moved to England, where he worked for MacMillan & Co. from 1883 and on, illustrating all six of Jane Austen’s novels and other literary classics. By 1900 he had become one of the most popular illustrators of his time. He died in 1920.
Learn more about the artist at these sites:
- Work of Hugh Thomson on Show at Tower Museum
- Austen Illustrated, JASA
- Click here to view Hugh Thomson illustrations of Emma