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Illustrations for Thackeray's Vanity Fair

Thackeray drew several kinds of illustrations for Vanity Fair:
  • full-page drawings for which he wrote captions,
  • large, but not full-page, drawings with no captions,
  • small sketches,
  • drawings using the first letter of each chapter.
The choices below include the first three kinds of drawings, but not the initial letter drawings.


These presentations require a recent versions of Internet Explorer; unfortunately, they do not work with Netscape Navigator.
  1. Click on the choice of chapters you want to view.
  2. A new window will appear with an introductory page.
  3. The names of the pictures are listed in the left column.
  4. Each time you click on a name, the illustration appears in the large window.
  5. When you have looked at all the illustrations, close the window by clicking on the box with an X on the top right screen.
  6. To continue, select another set of chapters.

Illustrations for chapters 1 through 15

Illustrations for chapters 16 through 34

Illustrations for chapters 35 through 51

Illustrations for chapters 52 through 67

The Initial-Letter Drawings

I have not had time to gather Thackeray's small initial-letter drawings into a presentation.


Day 1

Thackeray, Vanity Fair. pp. ix-170
Overview of Thackeray and Vanity Fair
The Narrator, the Reader, and Ambiguity
The Structure
Thackeray's Illustrations: A Discussion

Day 2 Vanity Fair. pp. 171-326
Attitude Toward Women
Day 3 Vanity Fair. pp. 326-488
Day 4 Vanity Fair. pp. 489-662
Becky's Innocence
Day 5 Vanity Fair. pp. 663-822
The Ending
Amelia: The Ending
Becky: The Ending
Dobbin: The Ending
The Gentleman and the Lady
Album of All the Vanity Fair Drawings

Revised: March 3, 2009