Selected Illustrations from the "Illustrated Edition"

As you know, Hammatt Billings drew 117 illustrations for the lavish "Illustrated Edition" that is dated 1853, but that Jewett published in time for the Christmas shopping season, 1852. The list at left isn't intended to be a definitive selection, but I thought it was more reasonable to ask those of you who don't have time to download and look at all 117 to at least look through these forty pictures. I chose them to try to represent a range from what I think of as "most progressive" (i.e. most likely to challenge mid-19th century white readers' familiar images of blacks; in this group are the images of Tom and Eva together, of slaves suffering, and of George shooting whites) to what I think of as "most reassuring" (i.e. most recognizable in terms of the visual stereotypes of blacks that were already in the culture in 1852; included here, for example, are Topsy dancing, and Tom repeatedly on his knees). I've also tried to include the illustrations that show up most often in other re-presentations of Uncle Tom's Cabin (included here: Eliza crossing the ice, the various death bed scenes, etc.).

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