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Elizabeth Gaskell’s Illustrated Works

Wednesday 18 November, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A Talk by Emma Marigliano as part of the programme of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Gaskell on 12th November  1865

Emma, Librarian at The Portico Library in Manchester, will give a talk, accompanied by slides, about the evolution of the illustrated editions of Elizabeth Gaskell’s work to date, some of which will be available to look at on the evening.

The mid-nineteenth century is widely acknowledged as being the hey-day of Victorian book illustration. From the popular press to pamphlets, from volumes of instruction and information to works of great literature – pictures interpreted the words

One, therefore, has to wonder why the descriptive and dramatic tales that Elizabeth Gaskell wrote were so rarely adorned by the illustrators of the day. In fact there were no illustrated editions of her work until the very end of her career with the serial publication and illustration of Cousin Phyllis and Wives and Daughters in the ‘Cornhill Magazine’. George du Maurier is closely linked with the earliest illustrated Gaskell novels but many have followed since then – Birkett Foster, T H Robinson,, and Alexy Pendle and more. Gaskell’s popularity on the silver and small screens have stirred up a visual interest in the novels that was never experienced in her lifetime

DOORS OPEN AT 6pm and there will be a PAY BAR

To book  this FREE event email  Celia Crew    > All are welcome


Wednesday 18 November, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Gaskell Society