These 57 illustrations are unsigned, but they have their own story. They are selected and copied from the 105 illustrations published in Houghton, Mifflin's "New Edition" of Uncle Tom's Cabin. This was published in 1888, but its illustrations were in fact drawn in 1853, for one of the many pirated British editions of the novel that were published at the height of its international popularity. The 1888 American edition did not acknowledge the source of the illustrations in any way, but the titlepage of that British edition included this attribution: "With Above One Hundred and Fifty Illustrations, Drawn by
George Thomas, Esq., and T. R. Macquoid, Esq. And Engraved by William Thomas, Esq." The publishers of this 1911 edition could have "borrowed" the pictures from either the original British publication, or the American one. Thomas' and Macquoid's illustrations were copied almost exactly, but re-drawn in a much simpler visual style.|
You can see the 1888 edition, compare the drawings and see which illustrations were not copied, by CLICKING HERE.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Translated into Yiddish by J. Jaffa (New York: Hebrew Publishing Co., 1911.