It started with a sketch. Perhaps it was revised, refined, transformed by paint or ink. From there, the illustration was transferred by hand onto a piece of wood, stone, or metal and printed on a press — sometimes in color, but most often in black and white. The result could be as varied as a miniature in a children’s book or a full-page image in a magazine.

The Victorian era remains unrivalled in both the number and variety of illustrated books which were printed for readers of all ages and economic levels. This exhibit showcases a sampling of works by British illustrators active during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), from the caricaturist George Cruikshank to the aesthete Aubrey Beardsley.

About the Exhibit

Physical exhibit space

Victorian Illustrators from Sketch to Print is an exhibit in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. This website reflects the physical exhibit and contains many of the same artifacts and information in digital form. The physical exhibit ran from the Summer of 2013 to the Spring of 2014.