Art Memorial Edition Illustrations (1897)
The "Memorial" in the title of this edition refers to Stowe's death
in 1896. The "Art" refers to the edition's claim, as the "Publisher" puts it
in an INTRODUCTION, to use "the modern method of
illustration" to provide readers with "a grand panorama of pictorial
embellishment as instructive and pleasing as it is faithful and artistic."
They don't explain what "faithful" means, but although the introduction doesn't
identify the artists, it does call them "men who have made a special study of
characters, scenes and incidents in the South before the war." One picture is
missing from the copy of the edition used here: a depiction of Eliza on the
ice, as made clear by the caption used to identify it
in the list of Illustrations -- "She vaunted sheer over the turbid current,
[page] 127." This edition also chooses to not to illustrate some of the most
familiar scenes, including Tom's death. One interesting pattern, especially in
view of the use of unidentified "blacks" in the volume's front matter, is the
relative scarcity of illustrations of the novel's "darker" characters.
You can see the 73 illustrations by clicking on any of the icons
at left, or you can use the SEARCH feature
to look for specific characters. Signatures on the illustrations identify four different artists:
Eckman (who did most of the pictures for the first half of the volume), E.
Thatcher (who did most of the pictures for the second half), C. M. Menkels (or
possibly Henkels) and (probably) Gwinn, first initial I or J, though possibly
Winn, with G as another initial.
The volume also includes four prefatory essays by Prof. Charles
Henry Ward Beecher Sold Slaves in Plymouth Church, "The Life of Mrs. Stowe,"
"The Story of the Novel" and "A Key to the Characters." The last three of
these are available in the ARTICLES & NOTICES, 1865-1930 section of the
Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life
Among the Lowly, Art Memorial Edition. By Harriet Beecher Stowe. (Chicago: John P.
Monarch Book Company, 1897)