Edwards, George Wharton

United States, (1859-1950)

  • George Wharton Edwards - Circe and the Swine
  • Circe and the Swine

  • (“Begone to your sty!” cried the enchantress,
    giving them some smart strokes with her wand;
  • (c. 1887), engraving

Editor’s Note:

This illustration is from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales for Girls and Boys. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin & Company (1896). Edwards illustrations appeared in previous editions of this work as early as 1887.

About the Artist

George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950) was a U.S. impressionist painter, book illustrator and author. He was especially known for his unique handling of impressionism and for his marine paintings of fishermen, lobstermen and boats along the Monhegan shoreline. Portraits and murals were also a major source of his income.

Edwards illustrated books for Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Austin Dobson and others. He also authored several books on travel, customs and historical subjects. His books, which included his own illustrations, discussed Holland, England and France and the United States. [DES-04/12]

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