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Podcast: Charles Stewart lunchtime lecture

Published 11 February 2015

Curator Amanda Doran, in conversation with Sue Bradbury, former editorial director of the Folio Society, discusses the illustrator Charles Stewart.

  • Illustrator Charles Stewart (1915–2001) was haunted by the Victorian novel Uncle Silas (1864) for over 40 years. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s tale of Maud Ruthyn, a naïve heiress in peril, inspired Stewart to produce a set of 30 full-page pen and ink drawings, in the manner of the great graphic artists of the nineteenth century.

    Taking Charles Stewart’s illustrations for Sheridan Le Fanu’s Uncle Silas as a case in point, Amanda Doran and Sue Bradbury set out to answer the question of how an artist illustrates a story.