Kingsley’s significant contribution to Victorian culture as a social commentator and writer has been examined in great detail. Barely noted, however, is his interest in painting; an amateur artist, who practised in landscape and genre, he was knowledgeable of the History of Art and had well-defined ideas on the aesthetics and role of book illustration. He was also the illustrator of a single book, The Heroes, a simplified gloss on the Greek myths. — Simon Cooke

Introductory material



Kingsley, Charles. The Heroes. Illustrated by the author. Cambridge: Macmillan, 1865.

_____. His Letters and Memories of His Life. 2 Vols. Edited by his wife. London: C. Kegan Paul, 1878.

_____. ‘Preface’. Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Illustrated by Charles Bennett. London: Longman, Green, Longman, 1860.

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