Description

These illustrations are from an edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde published in 1930. They are by S G Hulme-Beaman, who was better known as a children’s book illustrator.

The images include sometimes incongruous or unexplained details, such as the sculpture on the mantelpiece, the bricks tumbling from the wall. What is left is something not dissimilar to a German expressionist film and theatre set with disorienting planes and disruptive or unknown light-sources, which echo the disruption within Jekyll/Hyde’s identity.

Transcript