The Real and the Ideal

"The Real and the Ideal"

Edmund J. Sullivan

1898

Sartor Resartus, Page 307

This illustration, which repeats Sullivan's juxtaposition of the ancient and modern Adams and Eves, brilliantly captures Carlyle's satirical and serious points about clothing as symbol, social reality, distortion, truth, and lie.

The frank realism of the nude woman and the fact that her proximity to her dress makes her appear naked (and not "nude" or artistically distanced) makes this a late-Victorian or early-modern illustration that would not have been acceptable to Carlyle's contemporaries.

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow

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